Texas is big. No really? Yup, and that means there are tons of races to choose from, whether you're looking for a race in a city, suburb, country, or small town. I've done one Texas half marathon, and a couple 5k's/10k's along the way. They're easy to find, practically year 'round. We even have a Too Hot to Handle race in the middle of the summer. I wilt in the heat, so no thanks on that one, but there are plenty of races for all kinds of interests.
The most famous would the be the Houston marathon. The 2012 Olympic marathon trials were even held in Houston, with the same set up as the LA trials this year - trials on Saturday, Houston marathon on Sunday. Unlike LA, however, the race didn't have to be moved from it's regular date. The race is held at the end of January every year. And a little tidbit, President George W. Bush ran Houston in '93 in 3:44:52.
The race I did in Dallas in 2012 was the MetroPCS half marathon, which, along with the marathon, used to be known as White Rock, and many people I know still call it that. There's also a 5-person relay option, and this past year there was an elite two-person marathon relay, the Duo to Rio, in which an elite male and elite female were paired up for their relay teams, and Deena Kastor and Abdi Abdirahman won the Duo to Rio. This race is held in December each year.
On the other side of DFW is the Cowtown series in Fort Worth, held in February each year. February can be dicey some years, and in 2015, most of the races were cancelled due to ice, with those events turned into virtual races if runners still wanted to complete the distances. There's a full marathon, half, 10k, 5k, and a 50k ultra.
Austin has quite a few races too, but the big one each April is the Capitol 10k. While this is smaller than the Bolder Boulder, the Capitol 10k has become a huge race in its own right. This one is on my to-do list since the 10k has become my favorite distance, so I need to decide which one I want to do next year. Buffett likes to hit Frisco over Memorial Day weekend, so if I want to go to the concert next year, maybe the Capitol would be better.
And finally, San Antonio. I've heard great things about the RnR San Antonio series, which has a full, half, relay, 10k, and 5. I haven't been to San Antonio since I was two, so I'm not counting that. I don't remember a thing, but apparently I was in San Antonio and I did go to the Alamo. I'm a history nerd so I'm sure the Alamo would be a neat place to visit, even if I don't see it as most Texans do. Don't get me started.
Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.