AUSTIN (KXAN) - Freescale Semiconductor announced Tuesday that is will once again be the top sponsor of Austin's marathon, reprising the role it first played in the inaugural race 22 years ago when the company was known as Motorola.
"Freescale and the Austin Marathon are Austin's original power couple -- and together we're bringing the race back home," said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO of Freescale.
For the past few years, the 26.2-mile marathon and the half-marathon were sponsored by Livestrong. But the cancer-fighting charity started by Lance Armstrong announced in April that it was dropping its sponsorship to focus its attention on fundraising.
Freescale said the marathon, which next will be run Feb. 16, 2014, will help raise money for the new Freescale Foundation to benefit science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education initiatives.
Over its history, the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon have generated more than $75 million dollars in economic benefit for the Austin economy and generated over $5 million in proceeds for Austin nonprofits, Freescale said.
In all, more than 100,000 runners from all 50 states and more than 30 nations have competed in the race.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
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Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.