Road Closures, Parking, Everything You Need To Know About This Weekend's 3M Half Marathon
This Sunday, January 21st, over 7,000 runners will descend upon Central Austin for the annual 3M Half Marathon. Whether you want to attend the event or want to avoid the traffic and chaos at all costs, here's a quick and easy guide to everything you need to know about where it's going down and how to get there (or how not to).
Route and Road Closures
The 13.1 mile race kicks off at Stonelake Blvd. and runs all the way to downtown, finishing off at the Texas State Capitol. This means lots of road closures along the way, so if you're planning to head out of the house anytime on Sunday be sure to take a peek at the route map at the bottom of this post and refer to the list of closures to plan accordingly.
If you're participating in the race, one of the best ways to get yourself to and from the half marathon is to park your car near the start line and catch one of the provided buses waiting for you at the finish, which will take you back to the start until 11:45 AM. The buses will be ready and waiting for you at San Jacinto and 12th St. to transport you back to your car after you've finished running and enjoying the finish line festivities.
Be prepared for lots of people and traffic around the Austin Convention Center, where the packet pick up and expo will be held again this year. It's recommended to skip the first hour of the Expo if possible (it's the busiest time to attend) and make sure to reserve your parking spot in advance with the marathon's partner app SpotHero, which you can learn more about here.