East Texas Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, November 11, 2017 • Nacogdoches, TX • Course Map

active-reg-buttonHome to more than 32,000 people, this East Texas town can trace its Anglo history back to 1779, when it was founded by the pioneer Don Antonio Gil Y’Barbo, whom the National Park Service says was also a “prolific trader and smuggler.” Before that, a Caddo Indian tribe known as the Nacogdoche lived here for hundreds of years, beginning around 800 A.D.

After that, waves of Anglo and European settlers followed, and the town — which bills itself today as “the oldest town in Texas” — has seen nine flags fly over it including those of the French, Spanish, Mexican, Lone Star, Fredonia Rebellion, the Gutierrez-Magee Rebellion, the Confederate States of America, and finally the United States of America.

This race is part of a three-race series known as the Texas Half Marathon Series, which begins with the West Texas Half Marathon in October, continues with November’s East Texas Half and concludes with the Armadillo Dash in March.

Organizers say the Nacogdoches race is a “relatively flat and fast 13.1-mile course that prominently displays the beauty of the East Texas pines,” which this part of the state is known for — this part of Texas is often called the “Pine Curtain” for its remoteness and its roots in the culture of the Deep South, which lies just miles away across the border in Louisiana.

As for the race itself, runners start the out-and-back course in Nacogdoches’ Pecan Acres Park, located along Starr Avenue just north of the town’s center. That begins a very gradual, slight uphill incline with only a few hills here and there from the start to the mid-way point of the race.

From the park, the race follows a reverse J-shaped route through downtown and past Hoya Park, and then through the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. After that, runners head north all the way into the residential neighborhoods along Raguet Street, Northwood Circle and Deerfield Drive, and then head back south for the return route back to the park for the race finish.

Renovated train depot in Nacogdoches, Texas. (Photo by Wikimedia)

Renovated train depot in Nacogdoches, Texas. (Photo by Wikimedia)

Race Weather & Climate

Located in East Texas, about 160 miles southeast of Dallas and roughly 100 miles southwest of Shreveport, La., Nacogdoches typically sees some of its cooler and wetter weather of the year in November, when temperatures average between 45°F and 69°F and precipitation averages just over 4.5 inches for the month.

On race day (Nov. 11), the average low is 46°F and the average high is 69°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the East Texas Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – half marathon
  • 7:15 AM –  10K
  • 7:30 AM – 5K


  • $60 – $110 for the half marathon
  • $35 – $70 for the 10K
  • $20 – $55 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Nacogdoches’s East Texas Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com here.


Official Race Website



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3 comments… add one
  • Tyanna Averett August 31, 2017, 10:14 pm

    Can we get a view of the medal, PLEASE!! Will it have the full date on it

  • Luis Ortiz August 14, 2017, 7:32 am

    Would like to see first the medal/swag b4 I register for this race…

  • JD butler October 15, 2014, 3:49 pm

    Do I have to be able to run the whole race in a certain time.


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