Texas > "Marathon 2 Marathon" Full, Half Marathon & 10K & 5K
Marathon, TX • Saturday, October 26, 2013 • Course Map
The hills of this southwest Texas town, known perhaps most famously as the gateway to Big Bend National Park just to the south, serve as the course for the annual autumn running of the Marathon 2 Marathon races, which include a full 26.2-mile marathon, a half marathon and a 10K run, all of which finish underneath a big black "M2M" banner in the town of Marathon, following the run along the winding hills of U.S. Highway 385 between the nearby town of Fort Stockton and Marathon.
First run as an official race in 2003, the event's half marathon was added for the first time in 2006. Transportation is provided for runners to the full marathon starting line as well as to the half marathon start, and runners are encouraged to enjoy the stark natural beauty of the West Texas scenery all along the course, and to keep an eye on the traffic, as one lane along the highway is cleared for runners while the other is open to cars and trucks passing by.
After the race's completion, runners are invited to the event's post-race party at the Marathon Motel Court Yard, which will feature music from "8 PM until late," race organizers add. For 2012, the scheduled starting time for the full marathon race is 7:30 AM, followed by the half marathon at 8:30 AM.
Just over 290 runners crossed the finish line at the race's 2012 running, including 112 finishers in the half marathon alone.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in southwestern Texas, just over 50 miles north of Big Bend National Park, the town of Marathon typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather conditions in the mid-fall season (after what are usually quite hot summers), and relatively dry weather in the winter and spring, and wetter weather in the late summer and early fall.
In October, temperatures average between 47°F and 79°F, while rainfall amounts average about 1.6 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Oct. 26), the average low is 43°F and the average high is 77°F.
View the race route map for the Marathon 2 Marathon Half Marathon
7:30 AM - full marathon
8:30 AM - half marathon
9:00 AM - 10K
9:15 AM - 5K
$65 for the half marathon
$85 for the full marathon
$35 for the 10K
$25 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the mid-fall 2013 running of the Marathon 2 Marathon full marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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