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Decker Challenge Half Marathon

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December 10, 2017 (Sunday)
Half Marathon
Travis County Expo Center
Austin, Texas
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The Decker Challenge course covers 13.1 miles of rural roadway on and surrounding the Travis County Expo Center grounds. The course is USATF certified. Be prepared for rolling hills for the first half of the race, followed by several steady downhill miles at miles 7 and 8. Large hills at the end of Mile 8 and Mile 10 are the highlights (or lowlights, depending on your perspective) of the tough final 5 miles.

There are 6 water stops on the Decker Challenge course at approximately every 2 miles. Miles 2, 4, 6, 8.5, 10, and Mile 12. Water and Gatorade will be available at all stops. Don't forget to thank our volunteers!

Event Start Location
Travis County Expo Center
7311 Decker Lane
Austin, TX 78724

Course Description
The Decker Challenge course covers 13.1 miles of rural roadway on and surrounding the Travis County Expo Center grounds. The course is USATF certified. Be prepared for rolling hills for the first half of the race, followed by several steady downhill miles at miles 7 and 8. Large hills at the end of Mile 8 and Mile 10 are the highlights (or lowlights, depending on your perspective) of the tough final 5 miles.

There are 6 water stops on the Decker Challenge course at approximately every 2 miles. Miles 2, 4, 6, 8.5, 10, and Mile 12. Water and Gatorade will be available at all stops. Don't forget to thank our volunteers!

Awards
Each finisher receives a highly-coveted Decker Challenge finishers medal.

Packet Pickup / Expo
Packet pick-up will be at Rogue Running from
11-7pm on Friday, 12/6
10-5pm on Saturday, 12/7

Rogue Running
500 San Marcos St
Austin, TX 78702

Yes, you may pick up a packet on behalf of another participant.
Race Day packet pick-up available at the Travis County Expo Center in the Banquet Hall beginning at 6:30am until 7:45am.

Post Race Activities
There will be food and beverages in the Banquet Hall after the race.

After you’ve gotten your massage and grabbed something to eat, be sure to visit Santa Claus, who will be making a rare Expo appearance during this busy time of year, and then stick around for the awards ceremony at 10am.
 
 

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