A new race is coming to Austin!

Posted: February 22, 2013 in Pace and Racing
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If you are an endurance athlete and like to push the limits on race day, there really aren’t too many places better than good old 512 – ATX.  Almost on a weekly basis you can strap ’em on, clip ’em in or pull down that cap down tight, slap on the goggles and do a little racin’.

We have two incredible 1 mile races each spring.  More 5K’s than you could seriously count, a couple of top notch 10K’s each year – The fifth largest 10K in the nation in April, a smokin’ fast 10K in the IBM Uptown Classic each October, 10 mile races, several half-marathons throughout the year and of course the Austin Marathon each February.

What Austin was missing was an urban, ultra-marathon.  An endurance event not on a trail, but featuring a road-course that tested athletes past the 26.2 mile distance.

Until now that is.

On May 11th and 12th at Camp Mabry – the first running of the Ace Cash Express Back on My Feet in24 Race Challenge will be held.

It is a 4 event race that features:

Lone Ranger Ultra-Marathon This race is for the true endurance athlete who wants to test their mental toughness and see how many miles they can run in 24 hours. The record from Philadelphia is 152.7 for males and 135.2 for females.

5-Person Relay Challenge Gather four friends and choose one of four categories ranging from 5 miles to 30 miles per teammate.

Sunset Run 7 p.m. on Saturday, you will run one 5-mile loop. Stick around after and enjoy music and cheer on the other runners.

Pajama Loop Run 7 a.m. Sunday, runners will jump out of bed to run the 5-mile loop in their favorite pair of pj’s…if you sleep in the nude, skivvies are strongly recommended.

Registration is now OPEN 

There is something for every type of athlete that weekend where more than 1,000 Austin athletes will be competing across the four events.

In addition to the races, the parade ground at Camp Mabry will be transformed into an Athletes village for the Ultra-Marathoners and their crew.  There will be music on the course, food vendors in place essentially a 24 hour party that will benefit Back on My Feet Austin – a national nonprofit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness transform their own lives and achieve employment and independent living.

I’ve got something special for the first 10 people who register for one of the events here from the blog (Just comment on the post after you get your registration confirmation) – your very own Back on My Feet Austin Brooks Running Shirt. – Just let me know your size and if you would like a Men’s or Women’s Shirt in the comments.shirt

Run on people!  May 11th and 12th – Boom goes the dynamite.

  1. onelittlejill says:

    I did this in Philly once. And by “did this” I mean, that after a friends wedding, we all heaed down to Kelly Drive (reception was at UPENN) and walked a loop with our friends who were doing it for real. We were all still in our dresses, but had on sneakers!

  2. Bea says:

    Must everything be in burnt orange? Eww. Forwarding to a friend who may be interested.

  3. Simon Studd says:

    Hello Joe,

    Darn you and my occasional visits to your excellent blog. I’ve gone and signed up for the 24-hour race, despite having never run further than a marathon before. What have you got me into old chap? This might go very pear-shaped and I’ll blame you entirely!

    Someone said to me recently that we are conditioned to set ourselves goals that we know to be achievable, rather than ones where we need to really strive to cross the finishing line, where we don’t know what the outcome will be, and that resonated with me, and it is the real reason I’ve signed up.

    That’s it. Got to go – I’ve an awful lot of running to do.



    • joerunfordom says:

      Simon – so excited for you! I will be out there (not racing, but organizing), so lets plan on hooking up and I will pace you for a few loops in the wee hours! The nutrition piece for the ultra is going to be key. You have plenty of time to dial that in, but be sure to have a good mix of solids and liquids that you practice in training. You never know what is going to agree with you out there.

      I will email you to get your shirt info! Congrats!

  4. mfish37 says:

    Too bad I’m not closer to Austin Joe. I’d sign up for something! Sounds like a great event. Best of luck as you organize it. BTW, I think the burnt orange shirts are kind of cool!

    • joerunfordom says:

      Matt, there are flight everyday to Austin and a guest bedroom here for you 🙂

      Tanks for the R/T today on Twitter. It is going to be such a great event and I agree. The shirts are pretty solid. Hope the family is great!

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