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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.

Why A Marathon?

Running a marathon has always been one of Chip's dreams, but it wasn't until the end of 2017 that he decided to make it happen. To get the full story, click here and read his blog post.

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 further the much-needed research on rare cancers, which make up 50% 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!

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 7:00 a.m., the half marathon will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K will begin at 7:45 a.m.
Do I have to register to run?
In order to participate in the 5k, half marathon, or full marathon, you must register.

About the Race

Is this race certified?
Yes, all courses are USATF certified. Given this is the inaugural Silo District Marathon, the course is not a Boston Marathon qualifying course.
How is the race timed?
The race is chip timed.
Are there time limits for the races?
Yes, the time limit for the full marathon is 6 hours, the limit for the half marathon is 4 hours, and the time limit for the 5K is 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. For security purposes, the map is not yet released.
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 Silo District Marathon socks.

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. as well as Sunday, May 6 from 5:00 a.m.-6:30a.m.
Where is packet pick up located?
Packet pick up for both runners and volunteers will be located on the Silos grounds. All participants will receive a confirmation email after registering. Please bring a government issued photo ID and copy of your registration email to pick up your packet.


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?
Parking is available at McLane Stadium. A free trolley will be shuttling guests from McLane stadium to the Silos and back. There is also limited parking available in downtown Waco. Please be advised there will be multiple street closures on the day of the race that will affect parking.

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 not able to run this year’s Silo District Marathon, stay tuned in the coming days for more information on how you can support this cause.

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.


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