This is our guide to running in Austin, TX. Austin has a great mix — capital of a huge state, large university right downtown, thriving arts scene including the annual SXSW event, and the corporate HQ of Dell and a growing number of high tech companies. The running scene there is great. The iconic Lady Bird Lake Trail and Barton Creek Greenbelt runs are close to major downtown hotels. You can also get a taste of the famous “Texas Hill Country”, with wonderful opportunities for hill and trail running, nearby. Many corporate offices are located north of the city, in the Round Rock area. There’s some good running there, near the hotels clustered around Dell’s headquarters.

  • All Routes
  • Iconic Routes
  • Weather & Climate
  • Where To Stay
  • Stores & Group Runs
  • Events

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Austin, TX

The Barton Creek Greenbelt extends 7.5 miles one way from Ziker Memorial Park, near the southeastern terminus of the Lady Bird Lake Trail. This greenbelt has plenty of variety

Shoal Creek

Austin, TX

This is a pleasant trail in the northern part of Austin, near the University of Texas Campus, that runs for a little over 3 miles south, along Shoal Creek, to the river trail.

Round Rock Area

Austin, TX

20 miles north of downtown, Round Rock is the home of Dell’s corporate HQ and many other tech companies. Our guide to some of the best running spots in the area.

austin-climateAustin’s weather can be delightful or brutal. October-April is mild to warm, although winter nights can be chilly. May through September are very hot, with little relief even at night. Plan your run times and hydration accordingly. Precipitation is fairly evenly spread throughout the year, though May, June, and September are much wetter than average.

Austin has a compact downtown. There are lots of hotels on the both sides of the river, east of Lamar Blvd. and west of I-35. The Lady Bird Lake, Barton Creek Greenbelt, University of Texas, and Lake Austin Blvd. runs are all accessible from downtown hotels. There’s also a lot of sprawl — tons of hotels spread out along I-35 or I-283 headed south toward the airport (12 miles from downtown), and north toward North Austin where a lot of tech company offices are located. Running opportunities in these areas are uneven.


See our map for store locations. Green icons have group runs. Click on it for location, directions, details on group runs.

Downtown – near Lady Bird Lake Trail:
Rogue Running Co.
Luke’s Locker. Many group runs.
RunLab. Well located on southern end

Ready to Run
Fleet Feet Sports. The only dedicated running store in the Round Rock area. Lots of group events.

Capital Running Co./RunLab

Austin has a vibrant running scene, with a 10k seemingly every weekend.
Events Calendars #1. Events Calendar #2

Some of the major events are:

Austin Marathon.  February. 25+ years. Also a half

Cap 10k  April. Big event, race weekend, etc

Austin 10/20  April. Ten Miles, 20 Bands

Thundercloud Turkey Trot  Popular Thanksgiving Day race

3m Half Marathon  13.1 mikes “Downhill to Downtown