‘Will run for pie’ at Hill Country Marathon on Oct. 19

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A runner wakes his way along the course of the 2013 Hill Country Marathon. Hill Country Marathon

Pie, at the finish line?

That’s bound to lure lots of runners to this year’s Hill Country Marathon, set for Oct. 19 in Marble Falls. Besides pie, expect a rolling course with some challenging climbs.

I heard lots of good reports after last year’s inaugural Hill Country Marathon, which attracted about 500 runners. Organizers say they expect to double participation at this year’s event, which includes a half marathon, 10K and Kids K.

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This year’s race is set for Oct. 19. Hill Country Marathon

 

The marathon follows an out-and-back course on paved roads, starting and finishing at Marble Falls High School Mustang Stadium. (Trivia: Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano attended Marble Falls High School.)

The course is USA Track & Field certified and a Boston Marathon qualifier.Besides the race, the event includes live music and food from local restaurants – including that coveted slice of pie from Blue Bonnet Cafe for runners. A kids’ mile race is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, just after packet pickup.

Registration is $100 for the marathon, $80 for the half marathon and $60 for the 10K. (Prices increase Oct. 12.) To register, go here.

 

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A portion of proceeds from the marathon will benefit Team Red, White and Blue, a non-profit organization that works to connect veterans to their community through social and physical activity. For more information go here.

Check out a course preview video here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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