Back in the fall of 2010 when I first embarked on my running journey, I discovered the Austin Distance Challenge. It was a bit ambitious for someone just starting out, but kept it in the back of my mind for the next year.
That brings us to this year. Fall is just around the corner, and it looks like the stars may FINALLY be aligned for me to take part in the Austin Distance Challenge.
So what exactly is the ADC? It’s a series of six races of increasing distances leading up to the Austin Marathon & Half Marathon. Everyone registered for the challenge receives the following:
- long-sleeved tech shirt
- 1 year membership to Austin Runners Club
- access to ADC VIP Tent post-race
- invitation to Celebration Party in March
And pending completion of the challenge:
- custom printed runners jacket
- certificate of completion
- Overall, Masters and Age Group Awards
Austin Distance Challenge Races
October 7, 2012
October 28, 2012
Run for the Water happens to fall on the same day as a 20-22 miler for Philly Marathon training so I’ll probably run 5ish miles pre-race and 5ish miles post-race.
December 9, 2012
I’m not gonna lie: this race scares the crap out of me. Last year when I volunteered at IM 70.3 Austin, I caught a glimpse of the Decker course – holy freakin’ hills.
To quote Joe Marruchella:
The Decker Challenge is one of the longest running and most well-respected races in Austin. A windy course with historically poor December weather on the lake, can make Decker a tough race. But it is the hills that put the“challenge” in the Decker Challenge.
Photo Credit: Joe Still Runs for Dom
Sooo… yeah. That should be a fun race. Oh! And it’s two weeks after Philly. I won’t be breaking any records at Decker, that’s for damn sure!
January 13, 2013
Oh heyyy PR City. Can’t wait to visit you again in January!
January 27, 2013
The Rogue 10K & 30K will be a new race for the ADC this year, and a new race for me as well. Since I won’t be training for a full marathon in January, I highly doubt I’ll be inclined to choose the 18 mile route. 10K for me, please.
And last, but certainly not least…
February 17, 2013
I’ve run the half twice now – incredible race!! Earlier this year I said I’d be taking on the full in 2013 but I think it’ll be 13.1 for the third time. Ashley is talking about flying in for it so we’ll most likely run the half together. Exciting!
And that’s all. Just a few races – no big deal.
Have you ever participated in a race/distance challenge like this? Fellow Austinites – have you ever done the ADC? Are you planning on it this year?