FAQs

WHAT IF I REGISTER FOR MY TWO RACES AT SEPARATE TIMES, WILL I STILL BE IN THE COWTOWN CHALLENGE?

You will receive an email from a member of either the Cowtown team or the RaceRoster support team for the $10 challenge upgrade, and once paid you’ll be registered for the additional challenge swag.

If you do not choose to upgrade to the challenge, you will not receive the swag that is provided for challenge participants.

 WHAT IS THE COWTOWN CHALLENGE?

The Cowtown Challenge is for anyone registered who completes two races–one on Saturday and one on Sunday. If you can register for your Sunday & Saturday race at any time. Doing it separately? No worries. As long as you are registered by the same name and birth date, our system will automatically recognize you as a Cowtown Challenge runner. As a Challenge runner you will also receive a 2020 challenge jacket and challenge finisher’s medal after your Sunday race.

 DO YOU ALLOW PETS TO RUN?

No. Due to the large number of runners on Saturday and Sunday, we do not allow pets on the course, for their safety and for the safety of all our runners.

 WHERE ARE YOUR FLUID STATIONS ALONG THE COURSES?

The fluid stations are located approximately every 1.5 miles along the courses. Each fluid station will have water and an electrolyte replacement. There will be medical support and portalets at each station.

 DOES THE COWTOWN DONATE TO A CHARITY?

The Cowtown Marathon is a nonprofit organization promoting health and fitness in the community. By running Cowtown races, runners are supporting The C.A.L.F. (Children’s Activities for Life & Fitness) Program, which provides training to help children develop a lifelong love of fitness. A grant program is offered for students in need of funding their entries into the Kid’s 5K Presented by Academy Sports. In addition, these children are provided with school visits from our staff, where they are given training tools, instruction on nutrition and running tips, and quality running shoes to help them achieve their goals.

The Cowtown has partnerships with several local charities where runners raise funds for various causes, such as Alzheimer’s Association and Team RWB.

 CAN I CHANGE WHICH CORRAL I START IN?

No. Corrals are assigned based on your listed predicted pace per mile on your registration. You can, however, move backward in corrals. For example, if you have been assigned Corral 2, you can start in Corral 5 if you’d like. However, you may not move forward into Corral 1.

 WILL THERE BE PACE LEADERS FOR THE HALF, FULL, & ULTRA?

Yes. We have pace leaders for all marathon events. They will have a booth set up at the Health & Fitness Expo presented by Tempurpedic.

 WILL THERE BE GEAR CHECK AVAILABLE?

Gear check will be available prior to the race. Clear bags will be provided at packet pick up. Personal belongings will only be accepted in the clear gear check bags provided at packet pickup. No exceptions.

 DO YOU ALLOW WALKERS IN THE HALF, FULL, ULTRA & Relay?

Yes, walkers are welcome as long as they are able to complete the course within the cutoff time. The Ultra Marathon presented by Miller Lite and Full Marathon will remain open and completely supported for 7.5 hours. The Half Marathon will remain open and completely supported for 4.5 hours.

 HOW LONG IS THE COURSE OPEN?

The Full Marathon course and Ultra Marathon course presented by Miller Lite courses are open for 7.5 hours.
The Half Marathon course is open 4.5 hours.
The 10K course is open 2.5 hours.
The Adults 5K and Kids 5K presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors is open 1.5 hours.

 I CANNOT MAKE IT TO THE HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO. CAN I HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND PICK UP MY PACKET FOR ME?

Yes. To do so, they will need your full name, DOB, which race you’re registered for, Bib number and their Drivers License. Bib assignments will be sent out the week of the race.

 IS THE COWTOWN MARATHON A BOSTON MARATHON QUALIFIER?

Yes, the Cowtown Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifying event. The Cowtown Ultra Marathon is also a Boston Marathon qualifying event. We will have a timing mat to capture your marathon time at Mile 26.2 along the Ultra Marathon course.

 DO YOU ALLOW STROLLERS?

Strollers are allowed for your children, provided you indicate this during your registration. Strollers are defined as something pushed, not pulled.
In addition to indicating on your registration that you plan to push your child in a stroller, we require you to start in the last corral, regardless of your pace. In the interest of safety for you, your child(ren) and all participants, you must use caution and yield the right of way to other runners.

 WHAT IF I WANT TO CHANGE MY RACE?

Before November 30th you can change your race online for no fee. From December 1st until February 14th, you can change your race online with a $25 change fee. To do this, login into RaceRoster and click “Transfer.”

RACE CHANGE CALENDAR

  • November 30th:     Final day to change your race online at no charge
  • December 1 – February 25:     You may change your race online (fees apply).
  • After February 25:     All changes must be made at the Health & Fitness Expo during race weekend.

To change your race after February 14th, you will need to pick up your runner bib first at the expo and then head to the Solutions Desk. Please keep in mind we have capacity limits on all races, and that changing races will only be possible if we have not reached capacity in that distance. There will be a $25 RACE CHANGE FEE with any applicable upgrade fee AFTER December 31st.

Expo Hours

  • Friday, Feb. 28th     11:30AM – 7:00PM
  • Saturday, Feb. 29th  6:00AM – 5:00PM

 HOW DO I TRANSFER MY RACE TO ANOTHER RUNNER?

Login into Race Roster. There are transfer instructions on the main page under the pricing table. You can transfer your entry up until February 18th for a $25 fee.

 WHAT IF I HAVE A SCHEDULE CONFLICT AND CAN’T MAKE IT, OR I INJURE MYSELF? CAN I GET A REFUND?

The Cowtown has a 42-year policy of not offering refunds or deferments. Registered runners who become injured or are unable to make the event will be able to transfer their entry fee to someone else for a fee of $25. Scroll down to find instructions on how to transfer your race. Since we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, you may use your race registration as a charitable donation for your tax purposes. (Our tax ID is 75-2198418).

Relay FAQ

How will legs 2, 3, and 4 reach the exchange points?

Shuttles will run from Circle Drive at Will Rogers Memorial Center for all relay exchange point runners.

 How will legs 1, 2, and 3 get back to the finish line?

The shuttles that took legs 2, 3, and 4 will bring back any relay runners who stopped at the exchange points. They will return to Circle Drive where runners will walk down Tower Drive to the UnitedHealthcare Runner Reunite Area.

 Can i finish with my relay team?

Yes, there will be a entry point on Rip Johnson & Trail Dr. for runners to join their team to finish.

How long will the relay legs be?

The route will follow the Full Marathon course. Each leg of the relay will be between 6 and 7.2 miles long.

Leg 1 (Start line to Stockyard Station) – 6.8 Miles

Leg 2 (Stockyard Station to 8th Ave. & Park Place Ave.) – 6.2 Miles

Leg 3 (8th Ave. & Park Place Ave. to Trail Lake & South Drive) – 6.0 Miles

Leg 4 (Trail Lake & South Drive to Finish Line) – 7.2 Miles

How will we RECEIVE our Relay Packets?

Packet Pick-Up is at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall at Will Rogers Memorial Center. Friday and Saturday only. Relay packets will be picked up by one member of your relay team. It will contain all 4 bibs and the wristband chip timer.

Where are the relay exchange points?

Runner 2 Exchange (between runner 1 & 2)

  • Stockyard Station; Packers St. & Stockyard (Bus will drop/pick-up from Billy Bob’s East)

Runner 3 Exchange (between runner 2 & 3)

  • Cook Children’s Parking lot; 8th Ave. & Park Place Ave. (Buses will drop/pick-up at Cook Children’s)

Runner 4 Exchange (between runner 3 & 4)

  • Foster Park; Trail Lake & South Drive (Buses will drop/pick-up in Foster Park Parking lot

What time will the RELAY buses Depart?

Runner 2 Exchange (Stockyards Station): Bus will depart at 6:15 am and this will be the only departure.

  • Bus will return to Will Rogers at approximately 8:30 am, 9:30 am, & 10:30 am.

Runner 3 Exchange (8th Ave & Park Place): Bus will depart at 6:30 am (paces 5-8 mins/mile) & 7:30 am (paces 8+ min/mile).

  • Bus will return to Will Rogers at approximately 9:00 am, 10 am, & 11 am.

Runner 4 Exchange (Foster Park -Trail Lake & South Dr): Bus will depart at 7:00 am (paces 5-8 mins/mile) and 8:30 am (paces 9-11 mins/mile) and 9:30 am (paces 12+ mins/mile).

  • Bus will return to Will Rogers approximately 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:15 pm & 1:30 pm.

Packet Pickup

Team Packet Pick Up

(Teams of 25 or more runners ONLY pick up at The Cowtown Office, all School Teams pick up at The Cowtown Office)

Team packet pick-up is at The Cowtown Office located at 2617 Whitmore Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107. If a team has over 25 participants, that team captain will pick up the team box which includes everyone’s bibs, runner shirts and safety pins. Appointments can be set up to cut down on wait time, emails will be sent to team captains in February to sign up for a time.

 

INDIVIDUAL PACKET PICK UP

(and teams of under 25 runners)

Health & Fitness Expo at Amon Carter Jr. Exhibit Hall in Will Rogers Memorial Center, located at 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Individual packets are not available before race weekend.

Saturday Runners

You may pick up your packet Friday, February 28, 2020 (11:30AM – 7:00PM). If you are unable to make it Friday to pick up your packet, you may pick it up Saturday, February 29, 2020 no later than 45 minutes prior to the start of your race (Doors open at 6:00AM). We do not recommend this option due to the amount of runners and spectators that will be traveling in the morning of the race. You can also have a friend or family member pick up your race packet for you. They will need your name, DOB, race you’re registered for and bib number. Bib assignments are emailed out during race week.  All people picking up packets must have their Driver’s License with them.

Sunday Runners

You may pick up your packet Friday, February 28, 2020 (11:30AM – 7:00PM) or Saturday, February 29, 2020 (6:00AM – 5:00PM).You can also have a friend or family member pick up your race packet for you. They will need your name, DOB, race you’re registered for and bib number. Bib assignments are emailed out during race week. Bib assignments are emailed out during race week runner packets are not available on Sunday so please make arrangements for a friend or family member pick up your race packet for you if you are not able to.  All people picking up packets must have their Driver’s License with them.

Spectators

(SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITH 2020 COURSE CHANGES)

Ready to cheer on the fantastic Cowtown Marathon runners? Here’s your chance to follow the Marathon race and catch some Fort Worth sights!
Come on down to Will Rogers Memorial Center Park for FREE at the UNT Health Science Center located at Camp Bowie Blvd. and Montgomery Street and take a short walk to the Amon Carter Museum. There you can cheer your runner as they start or finish their race!

Then, head south on Montgomery to I-30. Go east on I-30 to I-35, exit north. Take I-35 north and exit NE 28th street. Going west (left) on NE 28th, turn left (south) on Main and then left on Stockyards Blvd to park at Billy Bob’s. Scoot yer boots on over to Main and join the Marines and the Boy Scouts in whoopin’ it up for the runners just past the 10K mark.

Another great place to cheer in Northside is the Northside Library at 601 Park Street

Drive back down NE 28th to I-35, heading downtown. Exit on Spur 280 to Sundance Square parking. Mosey on down to 4th and Houston, the Gateway Lot, and join St. Paul Lutheran and they give a holler to the runners as they near mile 10.

Next, head back down I-35, south, to Allen Ave. Turn right (west) on Allen and turn right on Henderson. Park at Fairmount Park and give a shout to the runners with the Historic Fairmount Neighborhood Association, then join them for Waffles in the Park!

Join cheer groups at Woodshed, HG Sply Co. or Clearfork Food Park, all on the trinity trails. Runners are finishing up with their last miles and they need that extra push to the finish line!

Finish up your tour of our great city: Drive back east on I-20 to north I-35, then west on I-30. Exit on Montgomery, turn north (right) and come on back to the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Meet your runner and enjoy the activities on “Runner Alley” (Burnett-Tandy Drive at the Will Rogers complex).

Event Maps

2020 Official course maps will be released in early January

 

2019 SATURDAY COURSE MAPS

Saturday Map PDF

2019 SUNDAY COURSE MAPS

Sunday Map PDF

 

Click the links above to view or download a printable version of our race maps.

2019 Saturday Course Map:

2019 Sunday Course Map:

Parking Map

Updated parking instructions will be coming in Early 2020

Pacer Information

*Updated list in February*

Half Marathon Pacers

Starting Corral Finish Time (Hours) Pace Per Mile Pacer Name
2 1:40 7:37 TBD
3 1:50 8:23 TBD
3 2:00 9:09 TBD
4 2:10 9:54 TBD
5 2:20 10:40 TBD
6 2:30 11:26 TBD
7 2:40 12:12 TBD
7 2:50 12:58 TBD
8 3:00 13:43 TBD

Full Marathon Pacers

Starting Corral Finish Time (Hours) Pace Per Mile Pacer Name(s)
1 3:00 6:51 TBD
2 3:05 7:03 TBD
2 3:10 7:14 TBD
2 3:20 7:37 TBD
2 3:25 7:49 TBD
2 3:30 8:00 TBD
2 3:35 8:12 TBD
3 3:40 8:23 TBD
3 3:50 8:46 TBD
3 3:55 8:57 TBD
4 4:05 9:20 TBD
4 4:20 9:55 TBD
5 4:35 10:29 TBD
6 4:50 11:03 TBD
7 5:05 11:37 TBD
7 5:20 12:12 TBD

Ultra Marathon Pacers

Starting Corral Finish Time (Hours) Pace Per Mile Pacer Name(s)
4 5:00 9:39 TBD
5 5:30 10:37 TBD
7 6:00 11:35 TBD

 

Cowtown Pace Groups

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why should I join a Cowtown Pace Group?

Running with a Cowtown pace group is a fun way to experience The Cowtown and target a specific finish time. Our Cowtown pacers are highly experienced runners who will encourage you throughout the race and help you achieve your goal.

 

What are the finish times available for the Cowtown Pace Groups?

Half Marathon—1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10; 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, 3:00

Marathon—3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:50, 3:55, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 4:50, 5:05, 5:20

Ultra—5:00, 5:30, 6:00

 

Can Pace Group Leaders help me qualify for the Boston Marathon?

Yes. There is a marathon pace group for every Boston Marathon qualifying time. If you’re aiming for Boston, we have a pace group for you!

 

How do I join a Cowtown Pace Group?

There is no sign-up to run with a pace group. Just find the pace group you wish to join on race day and run with them.

 

Where do I meet up with my chosen Pace Group?

Just find the pace group you wish to run with in the starting corrals. Pace group leaders will be stationed in the corrals 20 minutes before the start of the race. Pacers will be holding signs with finish times. Pacer signs will correspond to the bib colors of each distance—Half Marathon, Marathon, and Ultra.

 

In which starting corrals will the Cowtown Pace Groups be placed?

Corral assignments are forthcoming. Stop by the Pacer Booth at the Cowtown Expo for this information. (Note: You cannot move up in corrals, only back.)

 

If the Cowtown Pace Group I want to run with is not offered in my start corral, what should I do?

Corral assignments are based on the estimated finish time you provided when you registered for The Cowtown. You may freely move back to a slower starting corral but advancing to a faster starting corral is prohibited.

 

Does it cost to join a Cowtown Pace Group?

No.

 

Which Cowtown Pace Group should I join?

You should choose a pace that reflects your training and ability level and allows you to run at a comfortable pace throughout the event. There are a number of online tools that help predict a finish time based upon recent finishing times of other distances. We recommend you consult with one of these tools or a running coach.

 

Can I meet Pace Group leaders before the race?

Many of our pace group leaders will be at the Pacer Booth at the Cowtown Health & Fitness Expo. We encourage you to stop to meet them and ask any questions you may have!

 

Do I have to run with the Pace Group the whole time?

Feel free to run with our Cowtown pace group leaders as little or as much as you like. Some runners stay with their Pacer only for the first few miles and others like to run with their pace group all the way to the finish line.

 

Can I change to a different Pace Group mid race?

Absolutely. Feel free to drop back to a slower pace group or surge ahead to find a faster group.

 

Do Cowtown Pace Groups go by clock time or chip time?

Chip time. Cowtown pacers will start their watches at the start line as they cross the chip timing mats.

 

What race strategy will Pace Group Leaders use?

Generally speaking, our pacers will maintain even splits. However, we trust their experienced judgment and have given them the freedom to adjust in order to maintain even effort. This means they may bank a little time in advance of hills, water stops, or other course challenges. The faster groups will maintain the most even split­s while the slower groups may employ a run/walk strategy. Ask your pace group leader when you meet them.

What if I have to go to the bathroom?

Cowtown pace group leaders will not plan any bathroom breaks during the race and will not wait for you. If you need to use the bathroom, we recommend that you run ahead of the your group before breaking to use the bathroom, then jump back in with the group or catch up to them.

 

How will my Pace Group leader handle drinking at the Fluid Stations?

Each Cowtown pacer will take water and/or Powerade® from every fluid station to ensure that runners remain well hydrated throughout the race. Faster pace groups may run-and-drink while slower pace groups may take walk breaks to hydrate at Fluid Stations. Ask your group leader what they plan to do.

Fluid Stations

Updated 2020 Fluid Stops coming in Early February

The fluid stations are located approximately 1.5 miles along the courses. Each fluid station will have water and an electrolyte option. There will also be porta-lets and medical support at each fluid station. There will be Energy Gels provided by GU at miles 5, 11, 15, 19, 21 and 23 for the Marathon distances.

SATURDAY FLUID STATIONS

  • A – Monticello Dr. and Dorothy Ln. – 10K only
  • B – Bailey Ave. and Rockwood Park Dr. – 10K only
  • C – Shamrock Ave. and Wimberly St. – 10K only
  • D – W. 7th St. and Foch St. – 10K only
  • E – Trinity Park Dr. and Pavilion #5 in Trinity Park – 5K only

SUNDAY FLUID STATIONS

  • 1 – Trinity Park Duck Pond. Stayton St. and Trinity Park Dr. (Appx. Mile 1.5 – H/F/U)
  • 2 – Fort Worth Tire and Service. White Settlement Rd. and Boland St. (Appx. Mile 3.0 – H/F/U)
  • 3 – Oakwood Cemetery. Grand Ave. and Lincoln Ave. (Appx. Mile 4.5 – H/F/U)
  • 4 – Fire Station. Ellis Ave. and NW 22nd St. (Appx. Mile 6.0 – H/F/U)
  • 5 (+ GU)– Cana’s and Flores Attorneys. N. Main St. and NW 14th St. (Appx. Mile 8.0 – H/F/U)
  • 6 – N. Main St. and NW 5th St. (Appx. Mile 9.0 – H/F/U)
  • 7 – Houston St. and W. 5th St. (Appx. Mile 10 – H/F/U)
  • 8 – Child Study Center. W. Lancaster Ave. and Collier St. (Appx. Mile 11 – H only)
  • 9 – Lonestar Banner and Flags 212 S Main St. (Appx. Mile 11 – F/U)
  • 10 – Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders 800 W Magnolia Ave. (Appx. Mile 12 – F/U)
  • 11(+GU) – Former Cowtown Office. 1612 Park Place Ave. (Appx. Mile 13 –F/U)
  • 12 – Winton Terrace E. and Westcott Rd. (Appx Mile 14 – F/U)
  • 13 – TCU School of Business. W. Lowden St. and Lubbock Ave. (Appx. Mile 15 – F/U)
  • 14 – Bluebonnet Circle. Rogers Ave. and W. Biddison St. (Appx. Mile 16.5) – F/U)
  • 15 (+ GU) – 3839 South Hills Cir. (Appx. Mile 18 – F/U)
  • 16 – Foster Park. Trail Lake Dr. and Sierra Ct. (Appx. Mile 19 – F/U)
  • 17 – Pebblebrook Ct. and Hartwood Dr. (Appx. Mile 20.5 – F/U)
  • 18 – Colonial Golf Course. Country Club Cir. and Colonial Pkwy. (Appx. Mile 22 – F/U)
  • 19 (+ GU) – Rogers Rd. and Riverfront Dr. (Appx. Mile 23 – F/U)
  • 20 – Trinity Park. (Appx. Mile 24 – F/U)
  • 21 (+ GU) – Trinity Trail 0 Mile Marker – HAWS Athletic (Appx. Mile 26.5 – U only)
  • 22 – Trinity Trails Ultra Turnaround (Appx. Mile 27.5 – U only)
  • 23 (+ GU) – Trinity Trail 0 Mile Marker – HAWS Athletic (Appx. Mile 28.5 – U only)
  • 24 – Trinity Park. River Dr. and Trinity Park Dr. (Appx. Mile 25.5 – F / Mile 30.0 – U)

Our fluid stations are supported by a team of enthusiastic volunteers! For more information on how to volunteer at a fluid station, please email [email protected]

Hotels

Cowtown Marathon has secured discounted hotel inventory exclusively for our participants.  Click the link below to view all hotel options and make a reservation at the Official Marathon Hotel of your choice!

The Cowtown Marathon Discounted Hotel Rates

Book Your Room Now

For participants looking for assistance in choosing their hotel, please email or call our Travel  Coordinators via [email protected] 1-888-723-2064.

Free shuttle service is available from these downtown hotel locations:
Omni Hotel (Houston Street – Main Entrance)
Sheraton Hotel (1701 Main Street)
Blackstone Marriott (5th & Main)
Embassy Suites (5th & Commerce)
Worthington Hotel (2nd & Houston)

Saturday Departures: 5:30 AM, 6:00 AM, 6:15 AM

Saturday Returns: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sunday Departures: 5:00 AM, 5:15 AM, 5:30 AM, 5:45 AM

Sunday Returns: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

2020 Hotel Letter

Sights & Nightlife

Visitor’s Bureau

What To Do In and Around Cowtown
Convention & Visitors Bureau

Welcome to Fort Worth, the 15th-largest city in the United States and one of “America’s Most Livable Communities.” Today, Fort Worth, Texas is a thriving center of culture and commerce.

Sundance Square

Come explore a vibrant downtown marketplace! Sundance Square is 20 fabulous blocks of downtown Ft. Worth where people work, live, shop, and dine.

Museums

The Fort Worth Cultural District, home to five wonderful museums in a relaxing, park-like setting is a great place to start your tour. Throughout the city, you’ll also find museums devoted to Western heritage and Fort Worth’s colorful past.

Fort Worth Zoo

The Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked as the No. 1 attraction in the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area and No.19 among the “50 Overall Top-Rated Attractions” in the entire United States by the Zagat Survey U.S. Family Guide.

The Stockyards

Over 25 Unique Shops – including an art gallery, clothing shops, pottery, jewelry, a wine store, a photography studio and much more. Walking Tours of the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards are available through the Stockyards Visitors Center.

Fort Worth Botanical Gardens

The oldest botanic garden in Texas, is a lush 109-acre tapestry of dappled shade and vibrant splashes of color. A peaceful haven nestled in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the Garden is home to over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants that flourish in its 21 specialty gardens.

Nightlife

When the sun goes down, Fort Worth really comes alive. Fort Worth nightlife also has a proud musical tradition. Across the city, you’ll find national and local acts performing in a wide variety of venues – from roadhouses to refined concert halls.

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