If you’re a regular runner, you already know the benefits that come with sticking to a training schedule. You get better sleep, better overall health, improved immune response, slower resting heart rate, more self-confidence, higher bone density, and much more when you stick to a disciplined running routine, according to WebMD.
But if you’re not a regular runner or walker, it’s never too late to start. According to the Mayo Clinic, you could be ready for a 5k in as little as two months. It just so happens that San Marcos has several 5ks coming up this season for those who are willing to put in the work to get ready. Or simply show up the day of and take it easy with a walk!
A 5k run or walk (3.1 miles) might sound daunting if you’re just getting started, but it’s not as impossible as it sounds. If you follow the Mayo Clinic’s guidelines, you can train gradually, and avoid going too hard at the start. You can be race-ready in less time than you think. Once you feel up to it, you can join in on the upcoming 5k races in and around San Marcos.
Remember, San Marcos’ and nearby 5ks aren’t necessarily about winning. You can take pride in a victory, sure, but the contests are more about supporting local charities, having fun while getting a great workout in, and finishing stronger than your last race. These are community events that help support our collective good health as well as a charitable contribution to a local non-profit in San Marcos.
Here are some upcoming races…
Upcoming 5ks in San Marcos
Nov. 13: Run by the Creek 5k and 10k
A beautiful landscape makes any race that much better and Run By The Creek in the scenic Hill Country is one of the prettiest courses in the area. This 11th annual race starts at 8 AM and will start at 195 Roger Hanks Parkway in Dripping Springs and take runners through a fast, rolling course that parallels and crosses Onion Creek. There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age group, ranging from 9 and under to 70+. This year’s race will benefit local parks and organizations dedicated to local nonprofits, public projects, and events. Register on the Run by the Creek website.
Nov. 19th: Thankful Turkey 5k and Kids Run
Hosted by the Bluebonnet Lions Club, all proceeds from this race will benefit local and Lions’ charities and youth programs in the San Marcos community. The race starts at 9 AM and follows a rolling out-and-back course on McCarty Lane. Registration for the 5k is $40, and the kids are
Nov. 24: Buda Turkey Trot 5k
This Thanksgiving Day 5k fun run & walk is the perfect way to prepare for your Thanksgiving meal! The opening ceremonies begin at 8:50 in Buda (6910 Sunfield Parkway, Buda, TX 78610), and there will be prizes for age groups ranging from 11 years to 65+, plus an individual costume award and a group costume award. Registration is $34.99 through October 31st, and then goes up to $38.99 November 1-23, and the day of sign-up is $40. Register at budaturkeytrot.com.
Dec 10: Santa’s Jingle Bell Run 5k & kids K
This holiday race will start and finish at the San Marcos Plaza Park at Hutchison & CM Allen and is a part of San Marcos’ Sights & Sounds of Christmas celebrations. The start time is Saturday, December 10 at 9:00 am. The best Santa costume wins a new TV! Registration is $40 before race day but goes up to $45 the day of the race. Visit sights-n-sounds.org to register.
A Healthy Life in a Growing City
As our city grows, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of what makes San Marcos special. The area’s races are a part of a larger community action network that gives people a great opportunity to be healthy, happy, and thriving.
San Marcos is swelling with new arrivals who have fallen in love with our city. According to data from the most recent U.S. Census, San Marcos is growing at a rate of 6.71% per year since 2020! Families usually relocate here because of how close Austin and San Antonio are. But once they’re settled, they meet the people, eat the food, get closer to nature, and it’s no surprise that they love calling this area home.
If you’re searching for a place to settle down near San Antonio and Austin, you must find a neighborhood where you and your family don’t have to compromise on location, amenities, education, or opportunities. TRACE is a master-planned community in San Marcos that provides dream homes surrounded by the finest amenities, immaculate open spaces, and access to the best schools. You can even train for a 5k on our very own series of trails. Everything you need and want for a balanced life is here.
When you own a home within our community, you’re situated perfectly between San Antonio and Austin. A short commute in either direction gets you anything you need from the city, and when you get home, you have nothing but peace and quiet in one of Texas’s finest communities.
Your perfectly balanced dream life starts here. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us and see how simple it can be to find the perfect home in Central Texas.