Sunday, November 8, 2020 • Marble Falls, TX • Course Map
Filled with wild, wide-open terrain that’s known for everything from forests, mountains and lush green valleys to plains and deserts, the Texas hill country reaches into metropolitan areas like Austin and San Antonio but also includes protected wildlands like the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, through which the Colorado River still carves its way along the Edwards Plateau.
That’s the scenery that awaits runners at the Hill Country Trivium, along a route that starts and finishes in the tiny town of Marbles Falls, Texas, home to just over 6,000 people about an hour outside Austin, about halfway between Lake Lyndon B. Johnson and the Balcones refuge.
Runners will start the out-and-back course at Marble Falls High School, hitting the starting line at the school’s Mustang Stadium. From there, the race heads west along Hi View, Park View Drive and Park Ridge Drive to Mormon Mill Road, where runners turn right and head northeast for the next three miles.
When they reach the intersection with Highway 341, they turn right and head southeast, all the way to the half marathon turnaround point about a mile past Sycamore Falls Way.
After that, the race brings runners back along the exact same route in reverse, hitting the biggest hills along Highway 341 as runners are approaching the 5th mile marker and on the way back, when they’re passing the 8th mile marker.
Along nearly all of the race course, the scenery will be wide-open rural countryside as the route unfolds largely along paved country roads just north of Marble Falls.
As the organizers describe it, this is a race for runners who are ready to take a turn on “roads less travelled” — there won’t be throngs of people cheering you on throughout the course, but you will have a chance to run among some of Texas’s most picturesque natural beauty.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the winding Colorado River in the hill country of central Texas, roughly 50 miles northwest of Austin, Marble Falls typically sees November temperatures that average between44°F and 68°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.3 inches, making November one of its drier months of the year.
On the day of the race (Nov. 8), the average low is 47°F and the average high is 71°F.
- 2019 Hill Country Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Hill Country Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Hill Country Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Hill Country Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Hill Country Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Hill Country Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Hill Country Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – 50K, full marathon
- 7:30 AM – half marathon
- 8:00 AM – 10K, 5K
- $70 – $90 for the half marathon
- $85 – $105 for the 50K or full marathon
- $55 – $75 for the 10K
- $45 – $65 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of Marble Falls’ Hill Country Trivium Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 50K race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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