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