• San Antonio,
    United States
  • March
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Relay
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

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Defenders of the Alamo 13.1, what a great time we had this year 2017. We are already taking your feedback and making next year (3/4/18) EVEN BETTER!!!! So sign up now at

Kolbe Ricks

Austin, Texas, United States
29 12
"Tons of fun on rolling hills!"
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Kolbe Ricks's thoughts:

Sign-up/Pre-race: Excellent commnuication via email. Updates were timely and relevant with all information about parking, etc. easily understood.

Expo: This year the expo was moved to a different location than downtown due to the many other events that always fall on the same weekend as the race. To ease confusion and frustration, the expo was located at an event center on the north side of town. This was convenient for me since I was driving in from Austin. My mom and dad also came by, although they came from Houston, so it was a little out of the way. However, not having to stress over parking was definitely a plus. The expo was set-up outside, and inside with free beer from Amstel Xlight available to taste. Krispy Kreme donuts, Girl Scouts, Life Gift, Clothing and sports vendors all were present. Packet pick-up was easy and the swag was great. For those coming in out of town, there also was packet pick-up available in the evening at the host hotel the Menger. That hotel is literally next to the Alamo and easy to get to for anyone staying downtown, even if they weren't at the Menger.

Race Day: Everything was set-up nicely in the morning, with donuts and coffee available as you did warm-ups or waited nervously. Portapotties, were hidden, but there were definitely plenty available. My only complaint in the morning was that the half was supposed to start at 7:15, but in reality we didn't start until closer to 7:30 or a little after. We started in the dark, which was kind of weird for me. The roads opened up really well, so there was not a lot of congestion getting through. The course definitely had some rolling hills and two really cruel hills in my opinion. Scenery was great, we went through downtown, Zoo Park, trail, and the Riverwalk! What was nice about the course was that even though I am from Texas, and spent plenty of time in SA, we ran places that I hadn't seen before. Especially the Riverwalk. That was great to see stretches on the river that I hadn't seen in all these years! The finish line was a huge party and it was awesome pass right by the Alamo as I crossed the finish line.

Post Race: A massive party was happening at the finish line! As I crossed the mat, I got my medal and a waterbottle. The announcer was calling out names as we crossed and the food and music was plentiful! You could take pictures in front of the Alamo (I definitely met up with one of my teammates for a pic!) and then get in line for food. We got a baked potato with cheese, butter and sour cream, a whole huge thing of Promise Land chocolate milk, chicken, beans, and rice from Pollo Tropico, and a fruit tray! Again, there was free Amstel Xlight for those 21+. They also had mats set out with foam rollers, sticks, yoga blocks so you could get your post-race stretch and roll out completed. This was a lifesaver because I left my foam roller back in Austin. There were still plenty of donuts, live music playing, massage available and a truck where you could search your race results!

Swag: The swag was awesome! We got a great black tech T-shirt, black duffle bag that has the race logo on it and lots of pockets, a $50 discount on Hello Fresh and an awesome medal with the Alamo on it!

Recommend? 100% This was an incredibly fun and TEXAS race. I'm proud of being a Texan and loved celebrating our history (did I mention the reenactors who shot off a cannon before we started?) and love for running. Great race for locals and those out-of-state! And FREE RACE PHOTOS.

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