Hill Country Halloween Half Marathon

Saturday, October 29, 2022 • Cedar Park, TX • Course Map

Set for its 7th annual running here in this suburb of Austin on the weekend before Halloween, the Hill Country Halloween Half Marathon is designed to be mostly flat with some downhill sections through a series of residential neighborhoods, at which runners are welcome to wear their craziest costumes — or not.

The race will follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the Cedar Park Center, an indoor arena just off Highway 138A. From there, runners head into the neighborhoods that lie between New Hope Drive and Hero Way, passing by Tomlinson Park and the South Fork of Brushy Creek along the way.

As you’ll see on the course map page, the route is filled with mostly gently rolling hills as well as plentiful downhill stretches. From the starting line elevation of about 973 feet above sea level, the course never rises above a peak elevation of 1,025 feet, which it reaches in the section along 273 between mile markers 4 and 5.

Turn by turn, here are the streets you’ll run (in order): Avenue of the Stars, New Hope Drive, South Blockhouse Drive, Creek Run Drive, Blockhouse Drive, Meritage Boulevard, MacArthur Drive, Horizon Park Boulevard, Hero Way, 183A Frontage Road, Scottsdale Drive, North Blockhouse Drive again, South Blockhouse Drive, New Hope Drive, and Avenue of the Stars again to the finish line back at the Cedar Park Center.

The race will benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas, which provides support and resources to adults and children living with Down syndrome and their families.

Also, in addition to the half marathon for adults, the race also hosts a Kids Marathon for children in kindergarten through 6th grade. When a child signs up for the race, they’ll run 25 miles in the months leading up to race day; on the day of the race, they’ll run the final 1.2 miles to complete 26.2 miles of a full marathon.

The course for the race is USATF-certified, and organizers note that course support will end at 10:30 AM — but they’ll accommodate runners who haven’t yet finished the race by then if there are still a large number of participants yet to cross the finish line.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central Texas, about 16 miles north of downtown Austin, Cedar Park typically sees October temperatures between 56ºF and 81ºF, while rainfall amounts average nearly 3.8 inches for the month, making October the city’s third-wettest month of the year.

On the day of the race (Oct. 29), the average low is 52ºF and the average high is 76ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the Hill Country Halloween Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

7:30 AM


To reserve your spot in the 2022 running of Cedar Park’s Hill Country Halloween Half Marathon, visit the event website below.

Official Race Website



Ever run in the Hill Country Halloween Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments box below.

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15 comments… add one
  • Brett October 27, 2022, 11:25 pm

    You sign up link doesnt work. How are we supose to sign up?

  • Amy October 25, 2022, 4:27 pm

    Has anyone been able to register? I have tried to register and have tried to get any information on registering and have not heard anything.

  • Pam Fox September 8, 2021, 2:41 pm

    Is the race happening this year? I can’t register.

    • Brendan Rodgers September 26, 2021, 2:20 pm

      I ran the last one fall of ’19 and signed up for the following spring 2020 1/2 which was later cancelled due to city not approving it. Didn’t get a refund and had problems getting a response to follow-up emails.

      • Laura Crain October 14, 2021, 10:18 pm

        Are you doing both a half and 5k or just the half this year?

        • Brendan Rodgers October 18, 2021, 10:00 am

          I would run the 1/2

  • Chloe August 9, 2021, 4:57 pm

    It won’t let me register….

    • Terrell Johnson August 9, 2021, 9:10 pm

      I just checked the official race website and you’re right. I’d give it a few days, the race officials may be waiting on an official okay from their local government (especially due to Covid).

  • Sheri Smyth June 6, 2021, 10:31 pm

    Are you able to walk the half marathon?

  • Leigh September 15, 2020, 4:30 pm

    I can’t get any info as to if this race is even still happening. Emails to the contact address go unanswered and the Facebook page hasn’t Ben updated since Feb. Does anyone know?

  • Danielle Douglas May 14, 2018, 9:44 pm

    I can’t remember if I have register my husband and myself for this year. Can you check please? It’s matthew Stocstill and Danielle Douglas

  • Amanda Lucarelli October 24, 2015, 6:34 am

    Is it canceled

  • Pam Fox October 19, 2015, 11:36 am

    Can I pick up my packet Sat morning? I live 3 hrs away and can’t get to packet pickup Fri.

    • Diana September 21, 2020, 7:59 am

      I’ve also been wondering if the race will be held.

      Pam, the Pentelievents.com website indicates the packets can be picked up on race day using your registration number or ID:
      “Packet pick-up times on race morning are:
      Half Marathon and 5k – 6:20 am – 7:20 am
      Kids Marathon – 6:20 am – 8:50 am“

      Danielle, the only way I could locate my registration info was by searching for “Penteli” in my email account. I was able to locate my registration info from February.

      Good luck, everyone!!

      • Pam September 12, 2021, 10:55 pm

        Is race still happening?


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