Want to run the 3M Half Marathon for free?
Post a running selfie on the Fit City page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FitCityAustin or email it to me at email@example.com. We’ll pick our favorite by next Tuesday, Jan. 13, and the winner will get a comped entry into the fast, mostly downhill 13.1-mile race on Jan. 14.
If you’re already signed up, look for me there. It’s one of my favorite races of the year, thanks to the mostly downhill course, the typically brisk temperatures and the giant bag of tape, bandages, sticky notes and other 3M products that participants get at packet pickup.
The race starts at 7 a.m. on Stonelake Boulevard in the Arboretum area and finishes on Congress Avenue at 17th Street, near the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. The rolling, urban course is certified by USA Track and Field.
Race entry is capped at 6,500 runners, and online registration closes Jan. 21 (although you can still sign up at the expo for $115 if the race hasn’t yet reached capacity.)
This year’s packet pickup and expo will take place at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue in Austin. Hours are 2-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.
The 2015 3M Half Marathon benefits Girlstart, which will receive a $50,000 donation from the 3M Foundation. Girlstart provides year-round science, technology, engineering and math programs for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade.
See you there!