The annual Cowtown Marathon will take place Feb. 28 in Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas featuring all age division awards and ultra marathon honors.
Registration and packet pickup starts at 6 a.m. at Sundance Square, Chisholm Trail Lot, The Expo Tent.
The event, being presented by the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) and additionally by Chase, HCA North Texas Affiliated Hospital, and various others. Contributors include Sundance Square, Dannon, New Balance, American Airlines, Coca-Cola, Dasani, Bell Helicopter, Blue Bell Creameries, Charles Cohen Jewelers, the City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Fire and Police Departments, Fort Worth Running Company, Obim Fresh Cut Fruit, Salvation Army, Wrigley, Mahatma Rice, BioFreeze, Udder Cream, The Runner, NBMA 1865, Radio Disney, and several more.
The Ultra Marathon, with an entry fee of $85 ($95 after Feb. 2 and $110 on race day), starts at 7:30 a.m. at Houston and 4th Streets and finishes at Main and 5th. The time limit is seven and a half hours with the course closing at 3 p.m. Minimum age is 18.
The half marathon, which costs $55, starts at 7:45 a.m. at Houston and 4th Street and finishes also at Main and 5th Streets. The time limit is the same and the course closes at the same time as above. Minimum age is 14. There will be no support on the courses after 3 p.m.
An Adult 5K Run for a fee of $20 starts at 8:15 finishing at 3rd and Houston and only runners 18 and older will qualify for awards in the race.
A Kids 5K Run is $20 and starts at 9 a.m., finishing also at 3rd and Houston. Only runners 17 and younger will qualify for awards in this race. Your donation of $1 will help underwrite a child’s participation in the Kids’ five-kiliometer. You can also adopt a mile to support your friends, family members, and colleagues participating.
The thousands of runners, spectators, and volunteers who converge on the race site on race day morning create unavoidable traffic congestion, so drivers are asked to plan accordingly. Runners attend the event from nearly every state in the nation and many foreign countries.
The Cowtown Marathon is starting a new initiative this year to adopt many green practices and for the 2009 event they are moving to the Chronotrack timing system. In addition the organization is starting a five-year medal series.
There is a $5 fee for the replacement of any lost timing chips.
An activity area will be set up in the parking lot at 8 a.m. at Throckmorton and 4th Streets, Sundance Square and overall winners will be announced at 11 a.m. at The Chisholdm Trail Lot on stage. All age division awards and ultra marathon awards will be mailed.
For special team rates and a full schedule, visit cowtownmarathon.org or call 817-735-2044.