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 register for your Sunday race first, you may then add your Saturday race on the same registration form. 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 challenge bag and challenge finisher’s medal after your Sunday race.
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 41-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).
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 WANT TO CHANGE MY RACE?
Before Novemeber 30th you can change your race online for no fee. From December 1st until February 18th, you can change your race online with a $25 change fee. To do this, login into RaceRoster and click “Transfer.”
RACE CHANGE CALENDAR
- December 1 – February 18 (Late Change Window): You may change your race online ($25 fee apply).
- After February 18: All changes must be made at the Health & Fitness Expo during race weekend.
To change your race after February 18th, 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 1st.
- Friday, Feb. 22nd 11:30AM – 7:00PM
- Saturday, Feb. 23rd 6:00AM – 5:00PM
WHAT IF I REGISTER FOR MY TWO RACES AT SEPARATE TIMES, WILL I STILL BE IN THE COWTOWN CHALLENGE?
Yes. As long as you are registered under the same name and date of birth for both races, our system will automatically recognize you as a challenge runner, no matter when you registered for your races.
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.
CAN I USE MORE THAN ONE PROMO CODE ON THE SAME REGISTRATION?
No, only one promo code is allowed per registration.
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.
I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO 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.
HOW LONG IS THE COURSE OPEN?
- The Full Marathon and Ultra Marathon presented by Miller Lite courses are open for 7.5 hours.
- The Half Marathon presented by Sprint course is open 4.5 hours.
- The 10K course is open 2.5 hours.
- The Adults 5K and Kids 5K Presented by Academy Sports are open 1.5 hours.
DO YOU ALLOW WALKERS IN THE ULTRA MARATHON PRESENTED BY MILLER LITE, MARATHON , OR HALF MARATHON PRESENTED BY SPRINT?
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 presented by Sprint will remain open and completely supported for 4.5 hours.
WILL THERE BE GEAR CHECK AVAILABLE?
- Packet Pick-Up will be in the Expo Hall on Saturday (6am – 11:30am)
- Packet Pick-Up will be Small Exhibits Barn on Sunday (6am – 1:30pm)
WILL THERE BE PACE LEADERS FOR THE ULTRA MARATHON PRESENTED BY MILLER LITE, MARATHON OR HALF MARATHON PRESENTED BY SPRINT?
Yes. We have pace leaders for all marathon events. They will have a booth set up at the Health & Fitness Expo.
CAN I CHANGE WHICH CORRAL I START IN?
You will only be permitted to move backward. For example, if you have been assigned Corral 2, you can start in Corral 3 if you’d like. However, you may not move forward into Corral 1.
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.
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.
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.
The 2019 Parking Map is here!
- UNT Health Science Center- FREE on Saturday/Sunday. Multiple lots/parking tower. Not available Friday.
- Western Heritage Garage – PAID. Enter via Lansford Ln by way of Montgomery St.
- Amon G. Carter, Jr. Garage – PAID Enter via W Lancaster Ave.
(Sat-Sun, must arrive prior to 6:15 am. No exit until after 10:00 a.m. on Sat.)
- Yellow Lot – FREE. Saturday & Sunday. Enter via Trail Dr.
- Farrington Field – FREE. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Enter via W Lancaster Ave.
Limited access on Saturday and Sunday between 8:00am and 12:00pm.
- Dickies Arena Parking Garage – FREE. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Places To Watch
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 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).
Sights & Nightlife
What To Do In and Around Cowtown
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.
Come explore a vibrant downtown marketplace! Sundance Square is 20 fabulous blocks of downtown Ft. Worth where people work, live, shop, and dine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
For participants looking for assistance in choosing their hotel, please email or call our Travel Coordinators via [email protected] 1-888-723-2064.
SEE OUR HOTEL LETTER FOR SHUTTLE PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF LOCATIONS