Texas > Hero-Thon Half Marathon
San Antonio, TX • Sunday, January 27, 2013 • Course Map
With a course that features only a handful of significant hills throughout its 13.1 miles, San Antonio's all-new Hero-Thon Half Marathon Series makes its inaugural running on the last weekend in January 2013, along a counter-clockwise route through the city that starts and finishes at the Alamodome, the home of basketball's San Antonio Spurs.
The race will be open to both runners and walkers and is closely affiliated with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program, which helps raise money for the charitable foundation's research and treatment programs to fight leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. Organizers are calling the event the "Hero-Thon" to encourage every runner to tap into their own inner "superhero," which they certainly are to every cancer patient and their family who benefits from LLS's work.
Runners and walkers are set to start the race in the parking lot of the Alamodome, which lies near the intersection of Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and Cherry Street. From there, the course heads south and west in the direction of HemisFair Park, and then north along the I-37 Access Road around the Alamodome to Cherry Street, where they'll turn left and head north.
After a left turn on Nolan Street, runners head west and into downtown San Antonio. The turn left onto Avenue E will bring them south to the Alamo itself, the famed site of the pivotal 1836 Battle of the Alamo that helped turn the tide and end the Texas Revolution later that year. Following the run past the Alamo, the course then turns right twice and heads north toward Brackenridge Park Golf Course, and then west along Ashby Place toward the campus of San Antonio College, the stretch that features the biggest hill of the race.
Once runners make it past the mile 6 marker, they're on the down side of the hill, and the course heads south through San Pedro Park. That's followed by a long southward stretch along Flores Street, which brings runners down to the San Antonio River and the stretch of the race that unfolds along the city's scenic RiverWalk, whose stone and tiled streets are filled with quaint shops and restaurants as well as gondolas passing by on the river.
The course crosses over the river on Lone Star Boulevard, taking runners and walkers along an out-and-back stretch before heading back over the river and back up to Carolina Street. There, the race hits its home stretch, and leads back north toward the Alamodome for the race finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just south of the south Texas hill country, about 80 miles southwest of Austin and roughly 200 miles west of Houston, San Antonio typically sees January temperatures that average between 62°F and 39°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 1.6 inches for the month, including nearly 3/4 of an inch of snow.
On the day of the race (Jan. 27), the average high is 63°F and the average low is 39°F.
View the race route map for the Hero-Thon Half Marathon
Runners and walkers must be able to finish within 4 hours
$60 for the half marathon, if registered by August 31, 2012
$70 between September 1 - October 15
$80 between Oct. 16 - December 1
$90 between Dec. 2 - January 18, 2013
$95 during the week of the race, if not sold out
To reserve your spot in the late winter 2013 running of San Antonio's Hero-Thon Half Marathon Series, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
www.herothonlls.com • Facebook fan page
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