3 M Austin marathonOn Sunday morning, January 29th, 2012 six thousand runners will participate in the annual 3M Half Marathon and Relay in beautiful Austin, Texas. The 13.1 mile race starts at 6:40 a.m. on Stonelake Blvd. in Northwest Austin, and ends at 12:30 p.m. in Downtown Austin.   Since 1995, 3M Half Marathon has funded Austin organizations that focus on community-involved education. Communities In Schools is part of a national dropout prevention network serving more than 50 campuses in five school districts in Central Texas.   3M.Communities.In.Schools“For nearly 20 years, the 3M Half Marathon & Relay has contributed funds to assist locally-driven programs that work to educate youth and their families in the Austin community,” says Matt Fagan, the race director. “Communities In Schools is an example of this commitment, and we are excited that 2012 race participants will be running, in part, to support this powerful and life-changing organization.”   Trying to find your way around the January 29th 3M Half Marathon & Relay race course? For your convenience, here is a comprehensive list of road closures and times, followed by some alternative routes for Austin drivers and participant/spectator parking information:   Austin runningCLOSURES: Stonelake Boulevard, 3:00 a.m – 9:00 a.m. W. Braker Lane, 3:00 a.m – 9:00 a.m. Burnet Road, 3:10 a.m – 9:10 a.m. Longhorn Boulevard, 3:20 a.m – 9:20 a.m. Neils Thompson Drive, 3:30 a.m – 9:30 a.m. Industrial Terrace, 3:40 a.m – 9:40 a.m. United Drive, 3:50 a.m – 9:50 a.m. US 183 East Bound Frontage Road, 4:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m. US 183 N U-Turn to South, 4:10 a.m – 10:00 a.m. Shoal Creek Boulevard, 4:20 a.m – 10:10 a.m. Foster Lane, 4:30 a.m – 10:20 a.m. Great Northern Boulevard, 4:35 a.m – 10:30 a.m. Bullard Drive, 4:40 a.m – 10:40 a.m. White Rock Drive, 4:50 a.m – 10:50 a.m. W. 45th Street, 5:20 a.m – 11:20 a.m. Duval Street, 5:20 a.m – 11:20 a.m. San Jacinto Boulevard, 5:30 a.m – 11:40 a.m. MLK Jr. Boulevard, 5:40 a.m – 11:50 a.m. Congress Avenue, 5:50 a.m – Noon. E. 16th Street, 6:00 a.m – 12:10 p.m. E. 17th Street, 6:10 a.m – 12:20 p.m. E. 18th Street, 6:20 a.m – 12:20 p.m.   Austin running medalsAlternative Driving Routes: The 3M Marathon begins up North near Great Hills and ends in Central Austin. For motorists attempting to cross the race route from the east or west between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., please use US Hwy 183 or 15th St. All roads south of 15th St. are unaffected by race closures. Anderson Lane and W.45th St. will re-open as the last participant passes at approximately 8:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. respectively.   For motorists attempting to drive parallel to the race route between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., please use MoPac Expressway, Lamar Blvd. or IH-35.   Parking and Transportation Options: Ample parking for participants, volunteers, and spectators at the Start Line will be at Parking Garage located off of MoPac Expressway between Tudor Rd. and York Rd.   At the Finish Line, participants, volunteers and spectators should park in the Parking Garage “E” at 1604 Colorado St. or Garage “Q” located at 1610 San Jacinto Blvd. On-street metered parking in the Capitol Complex is also available on race day, unless specifically prohibited.   The Austin REALTORS® at Regent Property Group support Austin organizations like the 3M Half Marathon and Relay. Looking for an Austin home for sale? Our agents help luxury homebuyers stay on top of the latest in local Austin trends. If you’re on the lookout for a Austin Luxury Home, check out Austin Home Search!