Runners began crossing the finish line at the 3M Half Marathon shortly after 8:00 Sunday morning. The race, which is one of Austin’s most popular road races, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend.
The first person to cross the finish live was Eric Stanley, a former University of Texas All-American runner.
When organizers look back over the last two decades they say the race demonstrates how much Austin has grown as a running community.
“I think we started with about 1,000 runners,” said Jane Kovacs, Public Relations 3M Austin. “But we’ve grown exponentially and are now up to 5300 runners this year that we are expecting.”
Brenton Buxton has kept his medals from each race. This will be his 19th 3M Half Marathon, he only missed one because he broke his foot.
AUSTIN (KXAN)- And 20 years ago when he was training this new race was a first for Austin.
“It was like wow I’m glad they have a half marathon in Austin because at that time we really didn’t have one,” said Buxton, Austin Runner.
3M started the competition on the company’s 10th anniversary.
“We realized early on Austin was a running community,” said Kovacs. “So the best thing we could think of let’s put on a running event for this running city and make it part of the Austin fabric.”
For runners it’s especially liked for its north south downhill course and one other thing.
“You get this goodie bag that’s just fun to get,” said Buxton.
A lot of runners use the 3M Half Marathon as their training run leading up to the Austin Marathon in February.
Click here for a list of the top ten finishers in men’s and women’s categories.