Silo District Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, April 24, 2023 • Waco, TX

If you, like millions of Americans (including this one), love the HGTV television show “Fixer Upper,” then Chip and Joanna Gaines have a race for you. This spring will bring the first-ever running of the Silo District Marathon, which will also include a half marathon and 5K, all part of Chip’s mission to run his first marathon.

Chip and Joanna, as they’re known to their fans, first got the idea to stage the race after meeting the professional distance runner Gabriele Grunewald in New York City’s Central Park. Grunewald has been fighting a rare cancer for the past several years, and her efforts inspired Chip to run to highlight her story.

“While running a marathon is nothing compared to fighting cancer, it hopefully serves as a fitting symbol to facing our fears head on, whatever they may be, and taking on challenges that seem larger than us with faith and hope,” the Gaineses write on their website about the race.

The race will follow a fast, flat course through their hometown of Waco, starting at the couple’s famous silos, and then continue through downtown Waco and across the Waco Suspension Bridge.

Both the full marathon and half marathon will feature USATF-certified courses. Runners must be at least 9 years old to participate in the half marathon, and at least 13 years old to take part in the full marathon.

The Magnolia Market Silos, built by Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of television show Fixer Upper. (© Mike Brake |

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the Brazos River in central Texas, roughly 95 miles south of Dallas, Waco typically sees mild to occasionally warm weather in April, as temperatures average between the mid-40s and the upper 70s, and the area sees about five days of rain during the month.

Starting Time

7:00 AM – half marathon, full marathon

Course Time Limits

7 1/2 hours


  • $115 and up – half marathon
  • $125 and up – full marathon
  • $35 and up – 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2022 running of Waco’s Silo District Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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