While many runners use the summer as a time to back off and regroup, there are still plenty of races to keep you sharp if you’re interested. And the offerings feature more than just 5Ks: you’ve got the full spectrum to choose from, from track meets to trail runs. Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up.
- On Wednesday July 4, head for the Freedom Run Festival 5K and 10K, starting at 8:15 a.m.at Brushy Creek Lake Trail in Cedar Park. The mostly shaded rolling course winds through the Brushy Creek Lake Trail, providing a great setting for a family-fun activity.
- In the mood for track? We’ve got you covered. Back the Track Relays is a USATF Sanctioned all-comers track meet at Austin High School on Saturday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m. Events include 50-meter, 200-meter, 800-meter, 400-meter, 100 -meter, 1 Mile (Austin Mile Challenge) and the long Jump.
- At the other end of the spectrum is the wild and wooly Capt’n Karl’s (Night) Trail Race on Saturday July 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Muleshoe Bend LCRA Park in Spicewood. Choose from 10K, 30K, or 60K. The course is “challenging, rocky, technical with 3,094 feet of elevation gain. The trails are deceptively tough, with the heat and humidity making Muleshoe Bend a worthy adversary.”
- Maybe you want to give a triathlon a try. A sprint distance race is great for first-timers. On Sunday, July 15 at 7:00, a.m., check out the Marble Falls Triathlon. The main event is the intermediate distance— 1K Swim – 23-mile Bike, and a 4.4-mile Run. The sprint distance option is a 500-meter Swim – 12-mile Bike, and 2-mile Run. The triathlon features a scenic and challenging course through the beautiful hill country area surrounding the city of Marble Falls. The swim course is in Lake Marble Falls, the bike course goes through the scenic hill country, and the run finishes through the lakeside neighborhood of Marble Falls.
- If you want to get in a mellow summer long run, try out the Orange Leaf Half Marathon and 5K/10K at 160 Creekside Way New Braunfels on Saturday, July 21. This run takes place on rolling country roads and features an early morning start to help avoid the heat. The half-marathon starts at 6:30 a.m., while the 5K and 10K both start at 7:00 a.m.