AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thousands of marathon runners are icing and stretching sore legs this evening after the 27th Annual Austin Marathon.
This year they saw the first course change in more than a decade. It kept runners within a four-to-five-mile radius of downtown and away from Interstate 35 and MoPac Expressway frontage roads.
And that made it easier for drivers and spectators to cheer runners on.
“For me, being hometown — and just having a course covered in friends and family and everything else — just means everything,” said women’s first place winner Allison Macsas (2 hours 43 minutes 11 seconds).
“The cameras were on me, and I was, like, ‘Oh, it looks like I’m the lead marathon guy,’” said men’s winner Joseph Whelan (2 hours 21 minutes 37 seconds). “So I just kept holding the pace and brought it down a little bit. And I was just waiting for the guys to come back on me at mile 20 and nobody did.”
In the half marathon, Houstonian Hillary Montgomery (1 hour 16 minutes 15 seconds) came out as the winner.
Runners were competing for $15,000 in the full marathon and $5,000 in the half marathon.