Decker Challenge Half Marathon

Decker Challenge Half Marathon Race day (virtual): Monday, December 7th-Sunday, December 20th, 2020 Location: A course of your choosing, as difficult or as flat as you want!

Registration for the 2020 virtual race is open until December 20th, 2020. Packet pickup will be available for virtual race participants after the new year, in person and outside. Packets include the coveted long-sleeve Decker shirt, a finisher's medal, and other items from our partners. If you win an award at Decker this year, you will also be able to collect your award then.

Operating as usual

If you were unable to make it to packet pick up today, you can stop by @rtraustin tomorrow night from 6-7:30 PM to grab ...
01/31/2021

If you were unable to make it to packet pick up today, you can stop by @rtraustin tomorrow night from 6-7:30 PM to grab your shirt and medal!

Chikage Windler - Meteorologist
12/16/2020

Chikage Windler - Meteorologist

Brisk and beautiful outside today!
✅ 5.5 miles. 🏃🏻‍♀️
Tomorrow, I’m going to tackle the virtual Decker Challenge Half Marathon. I’ve been putting it off and have to get it done by the 20th. It’s looking like great (freezing cold) running weather!! That race plus the Austin Marathon (which in April 2021 will be the half marathon-they’re not offering a full marathon this time), are the last 2 races in the 2020-2021 Austin Distance Challenge!

Decker Challenge Half Marathon's cover photo
12/07/2020

Decker Challenge Half Marathon's cover photo

Chikage Windler - Meteorologist
12/03/2020

Chikage Windler - Meteorologist

I ♥️ this weather for running! It’s invigorating today! Wore my 2019 Decker Challenge Half Marathon shirt today thinking about how much I won’t miss those hills in the 2020 race. It’s virtual, so you can run anytime, anywhere from December 7-20. Instead of the usual hashtag for the race #WhatTheHill ... I’m probably going to run a flattish course and my solo race will be #WhatHill? 😂

11/23/2020

We are saddened to inform you that the 2020 Decker in-person race has been canceled. This decision has come as a result of ongoing conversations with our partners at Ascension Seton and the Circuit of the Americas as well as other experts in Travis County and the city of Austin. While we still feel that running outside is inherently a low risk endeavor, the significant rise in cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks has put us in a position to re-evaluate the risks and rewards of this event. Ultimately we felt that the only responsible decision was to cancel the in-person race to ensure the safety of our athletes, volunteers, and support crew. The virtual Decker Challenge is still scheduled for December 7th-20th.

As a board of dedicated volunteers and committed runners ourselves, we were very much looking forward to bringing the community an in-person race this year. We have been working tirelessly to make that happen, and we know that you all share in our disappointment with another race disappearing from the calendar. However, we also know that you share our belief that the health and safety of the community is of utmost importance.

Participants should check their email for information about next steps. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

As a volunteer-run nonprofit organization, we rely on our races and the Austin Distance Challenge along with generous donations from sponsors and individuals. Over half of our proceeds from these events is gifted to support other nonprofits in the area such as Marathon Kids and The Trail Foundation. We thank all of you for your support of the Decker Challenge and Austin Runners Club. We hope to see you out there on the roads and trails soon and can’t wait for the day we can lace up and race together in-person again!

With all the news from the endurance running community and public health officials over the past two days, many people a...
11/19/2020

With all the news from the endurance running community and public health officials over the past two days, many people are asking for a guarantee that the 2020 Decker Challenge Half Marathon will be held in person. Of course, we cannot make that guarantee, just like we can’t guarantee the weather. We only ever promised that there’d be hills.

In planning this event, we have been in conversation with Circuit of the Americas, the City of Austin, Ascension Seton and race logistics experts. At the moment, we are still planning to hold our race on December 20th, 2020 at Circuit of the Americas, but if any of our partners advise us to cancel for the health and safety of the community, we will abide by that decision.

We want athletes to feel as comfortable as possible signing up for this race, and we’re addressing that through robust safety protocols and a flexible cancellation policy. We will continue to update our running community via emails to registrants and social media posts. In the meanwhile, please review the safety protocols available on our website, deckerchallenge.com

Decker Challenge Half Marathon's cover photo
11/18/2020

Decker Challenge Half Marathon's cover photo

11/17/2020
Decker Challenge Half Marathon's cover photo
11/14/2020

Decker Challenge Half Marathon's cover photo

Get a few miles in today to celebrate our sport! Don’t forget that the Austin Marathon is holding a free virtual 5k and ...
06/03/2020

Get a few miles in today to celebrate our sport! Don’t forget that the Austin Marathon is holding a free virtual 5k and Marathon Kids is holding a free virtual event. Share your post run sweaty pictures with the #globalrunningday #austinrunnersclub

Austin Runners Club
12/21/2019

Austin Runners Club

POP-UP SHOP! Tomorrow at Rogue Running (410 Pressler) from 12-2pm, save 10% store-wide when you wear your 2019 Decker Challenge Half Marathon medal! Extra shirts and epic posters will be for sale as well, and it’s the last chance for award pickup and Decker shirt size swap! Don’t miss your chance on all of this awesome!

Rogue and Sufferfest have an amazing recovery lounge for post-race, but if you need a break on the course, we’ve strateg...
12/14/2019

Rogue and Sufferfest have an amazing recovery lounge for post-race, but if you need a break on the course, we’ve strategically placed these pit stops for you😂! Can’t wait to see you out there tomorrow morning!!!

Packet pickup is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec 14 from 10:30am - 4:30pm at Rogue Running (410 Pressler St) and Texas Running C...
12/13/2019

Packet pickup is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec 14 from 10:30am - 4:30pm at Rogue Running (410 Pressler St) and Texas Running Company Austin (9901 N Capital of Texas Hwy #160)! Two more sleeps until race day!

Thank you Chikage Windler - Meteorologist for keeping us updated on the race day forecast! Fingers are crossed for 40s a...
12/11/2019

Thank you Chikage Windler - Meteorologist for keeping us updated on the race day forecast! Fingers are crossed for 40s and comfy 🤞

Knocking out miles and thinking positively about embracing the hills at the Decker Challenge Half Marathon Sunday!! Weather looks dry for the race, but there’s still disagreement in temps & humidity. Either 40s & comfy humidity or 50s & muggy.

It's race week for the 41st Annual Decker Challenge Half Marathon! Are you running or volunteering? It's not too later t...
12/09/2019

It's race week for the 41st Annual Decker Challenge Half Marathon! Are you running or volunteering? It's not too later to get in on either one! Join us for one of Austin's oldest home grown races.

www.deckerchallenge.com

Austin Runners Club
12/06/2019

Austin Runners Club

Did you know that the Decker Challenge Half Marathon is 100% volunteer-run and volunteer staffed? If you or a loved one is running the race, consider volunteering and be a champion for those out on the course! Whether you're working packet pickup the day before, or helping out at the Travis County Expo Center the day of, volunteered time is extremely helpful to all those racing.

Please consider volunteering – or ask your friends and family who may be coming to see you run – so we can have the best Decker Challenge Half yet!

Volunteers can sign up here: https://signup.com/go/kddfiJn

Here's a special Holiday treat ... for a limited time we're rolling back prices for the 41st Annual Decker Challenge hal...
11/27/2019

Here's a special Holiday treat ... for a limited time we're rolling back prices for the 41st Annual Decker Challenge half Marathon to the early bird registration of $65 (that's a savings of $30)!! Use code BF65 when you register, but act quickly, it's only good for the holiday weekend! We hope to see you at the race on December 15th!

To be fair, you won't find the word "gentle" on our website. But *technically* we have a net elevation gain of zero 😂😂
11/22/2019

To be fair, you won't find the word "gentle" on our website. But *technically* we have a net elevation gain of zero 😂😂

With the Decker Challenge Half Marathon and Austin Marathon coming up, we thought this was appropriate :-)
This post brought to you by ZEN Japanese Food Fast

We hope your Decker training is going well. Here’s a sneak peek at the 41st annual Decker Challenge finisher’s medal.  M...
11/01/2019

We hope your Decker training is going well.
Here’s a sneak peek at the 41st annual Decker Challenge finisher’s medal. Make sure to sign up so you can race and claim your prize in December!!

https://austinrunners.org/events/decker-challenge/

We're super excited to announce a partnership with one of our newest sponsors for the Decker Challenge half Marathon, Ma...
10/08/2019

We're super excited to announce a partnership with one of our newest sponsors for the Decker Challenge half Marathon, Marathon Real Estate.

Marathon Real Estate is a full-service residential boutique firm located in central Austin providing “marathon” service to Austin and the surrounding area.

http://www.marathon-re.com/

We're excited about our new partner and just as excited about this cool weather ... perfect training weather for a half marathon!! If you haven't signed up yet, don't delay, we have a price increase coming up soon on Saturday, October 12th!!

Decker prices are bumping up on October 12! Grab a friend and register before the 12th to grab one of the best deals on ...
10/05/2019

Decker prices are bumping up on October 12! Grab a friend and register before the 12th to grab one of the best deals on a local half marathon!

www.deckerchallenge.com

Does the Decker Challenge mean something special to you? Your first half marathon? Something you did with a friend? Let ...
10/03/2019

Does the Decker Challenge mean something special to you? Your first half marathon? Something you did with a friend? Let us know in the comments!

That thrill you get from conquering the biggest challenges. Who's in for the 41st Annual Decker Challenge Half Marathon?
09/25/2019

That thrill you get from conquering the biggest challenges. Who's in for the 41st Annual Decker Challenge Half Marathon?

Who’s already registered for the Decker Challenge Half Marathon? Just $75 through Saturday!www.deckerchallenge.com
08/30/2019

Who’s already registered for the Decker Challenge Half Marathon? Just $75 through Saturday!

www.deckerchallenge.com

Tips for running hills:1. Keep your eyes up2. Drive your arms3. Pretend there's a T-Rex chasing you
08/28/2019

Tips for running hills:
1. Keep your eyes up
2. Drive your arms
3. Pretend there's a T-Rex chasing you

Do you miss wearing layers when you run? The Decker Challenge Half Marathon is only $75 when you register before Septemb...
08/27/2019

Do you miss wearing layers when you run? The Decker Challenge Half Marathon is only $75 when you register before September 1st! No triple digit heat, guaranteed 😜.

Race day: Sunday, December 15, 2019
www.deckerchallenge.com

Check out this year's magnet for the Austin Distance Challenge! Five of Austin's best races, and we're the 3rd race on t...
08/23/2019

Check out this year's magnet for the Austin Distance Challenge! Five of Austin's best races, and we're the 3rd race on the schedule. Three weeks until the first race... who's in?

This year's Distance Challenge Track Magnet. First race in slightly over 3 weeks. All in one registration ends two weeks from today.

"That's a race that's been around for 41 years this year on the same course. Those types of races don't really exist in ...
04/30/2019
Running Rogue: Special Edition: Inside the Austin Runners Club

"That's a race that's been around for 41 years this year on the same course. Those types of races don't really exist in many places, that kind of iconic race that has the same sort of history and heritage... for me it's worth it alone to support a race like that."

Loved this conversation from Chris at Rogue Running, a long time sponsor of the Decker Challenge, with current Austin Runners Club president, and a candidate who could be the next Decker Challenge race director.

This special edition episode is focused primarily on the Austin Runners in the group. The Austin Runners Club is a strong central force in the Austin Running community as is responsible for key fixtures in the community like the Decker Challenge, the Daisy 5K (coming up on May 18th), the Distance Ch...

When the weather gets cool, the Decker Challenge shirts come out! Race days is over 8 months away, but you can sign up f...
04/02/2019

When the weather gets cool, the Decker Challenge shirts come out! Race days is over 8 months away, but you can sign up for the 41st annual race for just $65. (www.deckerchallenge.com)

Looking for some company on the run? Join the Morning Jo’s from Jo’s Coffee on S. Congress every Tuesday at 6AM.

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Race day: Sunday, December 15, 2019 Start time: 8AM Course open and supported until 12PM

The Decker Challenge Half Marathon, a history:

The Austin Runners Club founded the Decker Challenge in 1978 as a foot race on the hilly roads surrounding Walter E Long Lake (aka Decker Lake). The inaugural race was called the Decker Fun Run, and participants celebrated completing the 11ish mile race with some good food and beer. After that, the race became known as the Decker Challenge but maintained the fun, community-supported vibe and excellent post-race food and drinks. The race distance has been 11ish miles, 20K, and as of 2008, a half marathon. The Decker Challenge Half Marathon is now the third longest running race in Austin!

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When is the next half marathon in austin?
Have race day pics arrived yet?
When will you post this year’s photos?
Where can I find a cute onesie to wear Sunday?
Interested in running/walking the 2nd Annual Deck the Halls 5k Fun Run & Walk? We have a black Friday deal for you! Save $5 on every ticket purchase by using discount code BF5K when you register. Only valid until this Sunday! Hope to see you at the start line on December 15th!
sorry if this info is available and I missed it. Is there a place I can get my finishing pic?
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