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18th Annual 3M Half Marathon In Austin

(Photo Credit: The Austin-American Statesman)

(Photo Credit: The Austin-American Statesman)

On Sunday, January 13, 2013, the 18th Annual 3M Half Marathon will be held and proceeds will go to Communities in Schools of Central Texas. It is one of the city’s largest distance road racing events and is expected to sell out for the third consecutive year. Austin’s favorite scenic and speedy race is filling its open spots quickly! As I’m writing now, they are currently at 5,309 registered runners and they have a cap of 7,000. The race has been moved to an earlier date than in the past so that it can help train and prepare those who are participating in the Livestrong Austin Marathon on February 17 as well.

The 3M Half Marathon is a point-to-point, mostly downhill distance run that is sponsored by 3M and produced by Conley Sports. The route starts in the Arboretum area on Stonelake Boulevard and ends near the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum at the intersection of Congress Avenue and 17th Street. The route – certified by USA Track and Field – is filled with rolling hills in a scenic urban setting. With drop of 4.5 meters per kilometer, it starts at 262 meters (860 feet) above sea level and ends at 164 meters (545 feet) above sea level. It’s said that this course is “ideal for setting personal records”.

(Photo Credit: Communities in Schools of Central Texas)

(Photo Credit: Communities in Schools of Central Texas)

Proceeds from the 3M Half Marathon will go towards benefiting Communities in Schools (CIS) of Central Texas. CIS is a national dropout prevention program. The chapter in Central Texas has over 50 campuses in five school districts and serves thousands of children and families every year. CIS recognizes barriers to education that force some students to drop out of school, such as poverty, unattended health needs, hunger, an unemployed parent, and domestic violence. It provides campus-based programs and special projects through a network of professional staff counselors, volunteers, social service organizations, businesses and other community resources. They work together to empower students to stay in school and achieve in life. In addition to the run, the 3M Foundation will donate a guaranteed $30,000 to support CIS’s services.

You have until Thursday, January 10, 2013  (or until the race sells out) to register for the 3M Half Marathon. All registered runners will receive a moisture-wicking athletic t-shirt along with a goodie bag, named “Best Schwag” by Runner’s World, full of handy 3M products, including Scotch® Tape, Post-it® Pads, insect repellent, Scotch® Lint Rollers, Scotch-Brite™ Shammy Towels and Scour Pads and Nexcare™ Bandages.

WHEN: Sunday, January 13, 2013 starting at 5:45 a.m.

Corner of Stonelake Blvd. and Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, TX

TICKETS: $100 per person
Register here.

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