Sunday, January 27, 2019 • 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, an ultramarathon, 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 couple of miles, following a loop course through campus that re-emerges just under Interstate 35.
After passing underneath the interstate, runners will turn onto 2nd Street for several blocks and then left onto Franklin Avenue, which they follow for a long straightaway — the next three and a half miles — all the way to the intersection with 38th Street. The course reaches the turnaround point here, and then heads back up Franklin Street along the course participants have just run.
At the intersection with 6th Street, runners turn left and head in a northwesterly direction (turning again on Jefferson Avenue and University Parks Drive), running along the Cameron Park river bottom lands to the bridge over the river at Herring Drive.
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 4:00 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. 27), the average low is 34°F and the average high is 57°F.
- 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
- $75 – $85 for the half marathon
- $95 – $110 for the full marathon
- $40 – $45 for the 10K
- $28 – $30 for the 5K
To sign up for the winter 2019 running of Waco’s Miracle Match Marathon, Ultramarathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5k or Relay race, register online at RunSignUp.com by clicking here.
Official Race Website
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