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Join us in Waco, Texas on Sunday, May 6, 2018 for our inaugural Silo District Marathon. This event has a race for everyone: a full marathon, a *half marathon and a 5K. This will be Chip’s very first marathon to run—actually, it will be his very first race ever to run! He wants you to join him on this journey by choosing a race that challenges you. Keep reading, & check out our FAQ section to learn more about the race.

What's the Cause?

This past fall, Chip and Joanna were in New York City when they happened to meet Gabriele Grunewald (Gabe for short), in Central Park. Gabe is a professional mid-distance runner who’s been fighting a rare cancer since 2009.  

Watching Gabe run this metaphorical race she didn’t choose (battling cancer) with such grace inspired Chip to jump in and get involved in her story. While running a marathon is nothing compared to fighting cancer, it hopefully serves as a fitting symbol to facing our fears head on, whatever they may be, and taking on challenges that seem larger than us with faith and hope.

Gabe’s story left such a mark on Chip that he quickly moved past his goal of running a marathon to actually hosting one here in Waco.

In doing so, we will be able to donate 100% of the profits from the race to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation in order to further the much-needed research on rare cancers (which make up 25% of all cancer diagnoses). It is our honor to come alongside Gabe and others with similar diagnoses to find answers, solutions and, ultimately, cures. We hope you’ll choose to join us and be a part as well!

To learn more, click here and read Chip's blog post about the marathon.


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Race Info

The Silo District Marathon will begin at 7am on Sunday, May 6. The Half Marathon and 5K will each begin 30 minutes later at 7:30am. Our courses are USATF certified, and our marathon is a 2019 Boston Marathon qualifying course. Each course will include the Silos, downtown Waco, the Waco Suspension Bridge and other Waco sights. This course will NOT include Cameron Park, and runners can expect a flat and fast course.


*Please note: Registration for the Half Marathon has sold out, but there are still spots left in the 5K and Full Marathon.

Frequently Asked Questions


General Info

When is the Silo District Marathon?
The inaugural Silo District Marathon will be held Sunday, May 6, 2018.
What time do the races start?
The full marathon will begin at 7:00am, and the half marathon + 5K will begin at 7:30am.
Do I have to register to run?
In order to participate in the 5k, half marathon, or full marathon, you must register prior to the race.

About the Race

Is this race certified?
Yes, all courses are USATF certified. Our Marathon is a 2019 Boston Marathon qualifying course.
Silo District Marathon-USATF Certification TX18027LAB
Silo District Half Marathon-USATF Certification TX18026LAB
How is the race timed?
The race is chip timed.
What are the race time limits?
Full marathon: 6 hours. Half marathon: 4 hours. 5K: 1 hour.

About the Course

What is the course map?
The Silo District Marathon course will include the Silos, downtown Waco, the Waco Suspension Bridge and other Waco sights. This course will NOT include Cameron Park and runners can expect a flat and fast course.


Will water stations and aid stations be available on the course?


How do I register for Silo District Marathon?
All participants must register online. You can find the registration form above.
How do I confirm my registration?
Click here to confirm your registration.
Will the races sell out?
The races are capped so there is a possibility of selling out.
What is included with my registration?
All participants will receive a participant shirt, a finisher’s medal, and other race swag.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you want to be a part of the race, but aren’t a runner, we need your help! Sign up to volunteer for the Silo District Marathon
by clicking here.

Race Awards

Marathon (Men and Women’s Divisions)
1st: $15,000
2nd: $7,500
3rd: $4,000
Half-Marathon (Men and Women’s Divisions)
1st: $10,000
2nd: $5,000
3rd: $2,500
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female overall winners of the marathon and half marathon. All three races are open to professional & amateur participants. The winners will be determined by chip time. Awards will be mailed one week after the event. Must run in your registered event to be eligible for prize money.

Age Limits

What are the age limits for each race?
5k – age 4 and up.
Half marathon – age 9 and up.
Full marathon – age 13 and up.
For safety reasons, anyone participating in the event must be a registered runner.

Cancellations & Changes

What is your cancellation policy?
All registration fees are are non-refundable. If you are unable to participate (for any reason) you will not receive a refund.
Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
No, each participant must register themselves and sign their own participation waiver.
Can I change from one race to another?
Yes. If registered in the half or full marathon, you may switch to a different race distance at packet pick up. Refunds will not be offered for participants moving down in distance. Participants moving up in distance can expect additional fees.

Packet Pickup

When is packet pick up?
Packet pick up will be available on Saturday, May 5 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where is packet pick up located?
Packet pick up will be downtown in front of City Hall (101 N 3rd St, Waco, Tx). Please bring a government issued photo ID and copy of your registration email to pick up your packet.
If you cannot pick up your packet, someone else can pick it up for you with the following items: 1) Actual registrant’s confirmation email with confirmation code. 2) Copy of the runner’s photo ID.


What is the weather typically like on race day?
Texas weather is unpredictable, so check the forecast as you prepare. Waco’s historic average for May 6th is a high of 83°F and a low of 61°F.
This race will be held rain or shine. Forecasts will be monitored with special attention on the possibility of heavy rain, lightning, high winds & extreme temperatures. If necessary, we will notify participants of these conditions, and race officials will decide if action will be taken to modify the race. Visible lightning will cause the race to be delayed. If canceled, the race will not be rescheduled. Refunds and/or deferrals will not be made in the case of inclement weather cancellations.

Race Weekend

What time should I arrive on race day?
With several street closures & offsite parking, we suggest planning to arrive by 6:00am. We expect heavy traffic, so plan to give yourself extra time.
Where can I park?
Free parking is available in downtown Waco. Please be advised there will be multiple street closures on the day of the race that will affect parking.

Where To Stay

Where can I stay in Waco?
Click here to get a list of local hotels & rates.

Donating to the Cause

Is there a way I can donate without participating in the race?
If you’d like to help further the much-needed research on rare cancers, but are not able to run this year’s Silo District Marathon, you can donate to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation here.

Training Plans

Download the 5K, half marathon or full marathon training plan below and get started today


Of course, you should always consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program. Even Chip got a physical before starting his marathon training!

Road Closures

What roads will be closed for the race?

Click here to view a list and schedule of road closures, or view this Interactive Google Map showing road Closures.

Other Need-To-Knows

Weapons of any kind, bags, bandit runners, and miscellaneous items including strollers, pets, drones, selfie sticks, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, coolers, or any props that would be a trip hazard are NOT allowed on the course. In addition, any costumes that cover the face or are bulky and extend beyond the body are prohibited.

While Silo District Marathon is not enforcing drug testing at this time, we are a certified and USATF sanctioned race. We reserve the right to drug test if we deem necessary.