Last minute Austin Marathon notes

 

Runners celebrate at the finish of the 2014 Austin Marathon & Half Marathon presented by Freescale. Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman

Runners celebrate at the finish of the 2014 Austin Marathon & Half Marathon presented by Freescale. Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman

Running the Austin Marathon or Half Marathon presented by Freescale this Sunday?

Some last minute notes …

Marnie Staehly wins the women's division of the 2014 Austin Marathon. Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman

Marnie Staehly wins the women’s division of the 2014 Austin Marathon. Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman

    • Packet pickup is from 2-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the race expo at Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. (Bring $7 if you plan to park there.) There is no race day packet pickup. Bands will perform live at the expo on Friday; speakers are scheduled for Saturday.

Got the jitters? Head to the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue at Auditorium Shores for a pre-race shakeout run with Bart Yasso, chief running officer for Runner’s World Magazine, and Bobby Overton of SPIbelt, at 9 a.m. Saturday.

  • Race director John Conley will go over the marathon and half marathon courses in detail at 11 a.m. Saturday at the expo.
  • Meet the pacers that can help you reach your marathon goal at noon Saturday at the expo.
  • Learn how to check your physiologic state during the race at 1 p.m. at the expo.
  •  Hang out with Bart Yasso, the chief running officer for Runner’s World Magazine, at 2 p.m Saturday at the expo.
  • Miguel Blancarte Jr. went from 344-pound couch potato to 164-pound ultra marathoner. He shares his story at 3 p.m. at the Expo.
  • Austin’s own Dick Beardsley, who raced the famous Duel in the Sun at the 1982 Boston Marathon, speaks at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Expo.
  • Gear check opens at 5:30 a.m. Sunday at Congress Avenue at Sixth Street.
  • The marathon and half marathon start simultaneously at 7 a.m. Sunday at Congress Avenue at Second Street. (The Paramount Break-a-Leg 5K starts at 7 a.m. just up Congress Avenue at 11th Street.
  • The start-line chute will be divided into per-mile pace times. Please line up with the appropriate group to help the race move smoothly.
  • Runners who don’t reach mile 10.8 by 10:15 a.m. will be rerouted to the half marathon course.
  • The half marathon finish line will close at 11 a.m. The marathon finish line will close at 2 p.m.
  • Want to track a runner on the course? Go here.
  • The latest weather forecast shows partly cloudy skies with a low of 49 and high of 69 for marathon day this Sunday. That’s a tad warm, perhaps, but pretty darn good. (Remember the icy streets and stampeding deer of 2006, anyone?)
  • Still waffling? Online is open here. Cost is $140 for the full marathon or $120 for the half.

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