2nd annual Hill Country Marathon takes off Oct. 19 in Marble Falls

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — If you’re looking for a “little” something to do, why not give a marathon a try? And it’s just your luck that one is happening Oct. 19 at Mustang Stadium.

Well, it starts there, but you do get to come back. And when you do, you can dig into some Blue Bonnet Cafe pie. And don’t worry about the extra calories, because you just ran a marathon.

The second annual Hill Country Marathon hits the road at 7 a.m. from Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive. If 26.2 miles is a bit too much, the event also includes a half-marathon and a 10K as well. All of the races start and end at the stadium.

The course takes runners out of the west side of the stadium to Mormon Mill Road, where they’ll head north until the road turns into CR 340. At one point on CR 340, the 10K participants will turn around and return to the stadium.

The half-marathoners and marathoners continue to CR 341 and head east before eventually returning to CR 340. At that juncture, the half-marathoners turn south and run back to the stadium, while the marathoners head north. They’ll continue north until the turnaround point and then “dash” back to Mustang Stadium and their pieces of pie.

The Hill Country Marathon is the first one that takes advantage of the beautiful hills and roadways around Marble Falls, which is one of the reasons organizers started the event.

Officials expect several hundred people to run the Hill Country Marathon.

The course features some rolling hills but also several challenging ones. One of the steepest actually comes toward the beginning on CR 340 when runners descend just north of the Marble Falls city limits. It’s a nice way to get things rolling, but then the runners must deal with the same hill — this time going up — as they make their way back to the stadium.

The stretch on CR 341 also “welcomes” runners with a steady incline and more rolling hills.

Despite the hills, the course earned high marks from runners during the inaugural event in 2013.

It’s even a qualifying course for the Boston Marathon and a USA Track and Field certified course.

You can get a sneak peak of the course on a video posted at runthehillcountry.com.

For the younger crowd and families, the Phoenix Fun Run is a one-mile event set for 6 p.m. Oct. 18 (the evening before the marathon) at Mustang Stadium. The run loops around a dirt road next to the high school and is a true family event. Proceeds from the fun run benefit the Phoenix Center, a local nonprofit with the mission of providing high-quality, affordable mental healthcare for local children and their families.

Go to the website above for registration and volunteer information for both the Hill Country Marathon and Phoenix Fun Run.

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