September 2023 – February 2024

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Full Track or Half Track Options

The Austin Distance Challenge is a series of the most prestigious local running events starting in the fall and leading up to the Ascension Seton Austin Half or Full Marathon in February. The races increase in distance as the series progresses, making the series a natural component of many Austin runners’ training. In its 27th year, the Distance Challenge is powered by the Austin Runners Club.

The Races

Virtual Option - New This Year

Can’t make it to one of the races, or prefer to participate virtually, no problem! New this year we are offering our Distance Challenge participants a virtual option. The only catch is, you will have to register for each event’s virtual race and once you default to a virtual event, you will not be eligible for the age group and overall awards.  

Virtual participants are still eligible for the coveted Distance Challenge jacket, magnets and perks, and are invited to the Finisher’s Celebration.

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Want to help put on the Distance Challenge? We will be forming a Distance Challenge committee for the 2023-2024 year. Email us if you’d like to join.


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Take a look at our event photo albums of current and past races


Check out the standings for this year and past seasons