Sunday, January 24, 2021 • Waco, TX • Course Map
Staged in the central Texas town of Waco to raise both awareness and funds for bone local marrow donation programs, the Miracle Match Marathon is actually several races in one — including a full, 26.2-mile marathon, a 13.1-mile half-marathon, a four-person marathon relay and a 10K and 5K race.
Begun in 2004 by the Waco Professional Fire Fighters Association, proceeds from the race are used to help patients and programs at the local Scott & White Marrow Donor Program. In keeping with the spirit of the race’s founders, the course for the half marathon is challenging and includes a variety of different kinds of terrain.
From the half-marathon start in Waco’s Indian Springs Park, in the shadow of Waco’s signature suspension bridge, the course takes runners alongside the banks of the Brazos River and into the campus of Baylor University for the first four miles, following a loop course through campus that re-emerges just under Interstate 35.
After passing underneath the interstate, runners will continue along the Waco Riverwalk for another mile before heading straight into the Cameron Park Zoo, a 52-acre habitat that over 1700 animals and 300 species from around the world call home. Runners will take in the sights of the zoo see some of the rhinos, tigers, sloths, and other animals that live in the zoo before heading out into the park.
Known as one of the largest city parks in Texas, Cameron Park is home to 20 miles of trails and a disc golf course alongside the zoo that runners will have already explored. The half marathon course takes runners outside the park briefly before returning to the park and then crossing the Herring Avenue Bridge to return to the north side of the river.
Once over the bridge, runners hit the final two miles of the race and run alongside the northern bank of the Brazos, running the trail alongside the river all the way to the suspension bridge, and the finish line. By the time they cross the finish line, the field of participants — which includes runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors — will have trekked across a course made up mostly of paved surfaces, but with also some natural surface and gravel trails thrown in.
Organizers plan to keep the course open for both the full and the half marathons until 2:00 PM. In addition to the race events above, there are also a one-mile fun run for children and a Miracle Match Kids run for up to eighth-grade age children.
Race Climate & Weather
Located about 80 miles south of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the town of Waco typically sees cool to mild weather conditions in the late winter season, with occasional showers.
In January, temperatures average between 33°F and 57°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Jan. 24), the average low is 34°F and the average high is 57°F.
- 2020 Miracle Match Half Marathon Results
- 2019 Miracle Match Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Miracle Match Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Miracle Match Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Miracle Match Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Miracle Match Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Miracle Match Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Miracle Match Half Marathon Results
- $70 – $100 for the half marathon
- $35 – $50 for the half marathon relay (per person)
- $35 – $50 for the 10K
- $25 – $40 for the 5K
To sign up for the winter 2021 running of Waco’s Miracle Match Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5k or Relay race, register online at Active.com by clicking here.
Official Race Website
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