Where You Finish Counts

The medal sits lightly as it sparkles in the suns brilliance, only matched in radiance by the smile that now adorns your face, your naked feet greet the soothing Gulf waters in reward for their valiant effort. You met the suns first rays as you crossed the still waters of the Laguna Madre, but that was miles earlier, now the miles are behind you and satisfaction is replacing determination. You steal a glance at the medal dancing in the sun, look down to your feet rejoicing in the surf, you close your eyes and see the pride of accomplishment, it’s your turn to celebrate in South Padre.

Down south, at the end of the world’s longest barrier island, you’ll find South Padre Island, home to the most scenic beaches in Texas. The blue waters of the Laguna Madre rest upon its western shore while the soft sand beaches on the east slide into the gentle surf of the Gulf of Mexico. In between, though only ½ mile wide, lies home to abundant wildlife, nightlife, shopping, first class dining, great family entertainment and of course, the most scenic beaches in all of Texas.

The South Padre Marathon will have more than 20 Selfie Zones along the course, making it the Official Marathon of the Selfie!
Lets face it, running really is all about you! Your training, your commitment, your sacrifice and your achievement! We’re going to make it easy for you to commemorate your experience with fantastic stops along the course where you can catch a quick breather and take a great Selfie! Some of the Selfie Zones will be local landmarks while others will be created just for the run, however, all of them will be memorable!

South Padre Marathon

A scenic, flat course (only one hill in the entire 26.2 miles!) with sights and sounds that can only be found in South Padre, the perfect race for getting your qualifying time or setting a new personal record.

South Padre Half Marathon

This scenic, flat course (only one hill in the entire 13.1 miles!) is perfect for the first timer, the long timer, and the “I’m only gonna do this once” timer! Whether your goal is to check off a bucket list item, set a new personal best time, or simply enjoy a run in an Island paradise, this event has it all!

Half Marathon Relay

Grab two of your running buddies to create a team for the 3-Person Relay. Each person will complete 4-6 miles on the Half Marathon course. Relay participants will receive the same half marathon swag as the full half.

The 2016 South Padre Marathon will feature a race for everyone! The USATF certified full and half marathons, as well as the three person half marathon relay, will begin by the historic lighthouse in Port Isabel, travel over the Causeway, and finish at Claytons, the largest beach bar in America!

Finish Line Experience

6 Year old with CHD to be the first Grand Marshal for the
South Padre Island Marathon.

Aaron isn’t you’re average kid, he’s super! At only 6 years old he’s changing lives. Aaron was born with a serious heart condition (CHD-congenital heart defect), and asthma.

He’s already had 4 heart surgeries and more could come, but he’d never let you know of his condition because to everyone else he’s the FLASH!
Aaron’s mom, Heather, tells us that his super powered positivity is changing her life every day and inspiring others to get checked for CHD.

He’s too young to run the SPI Marathon but his incredible spirit is why we’re proud to announce Aaron as the first ever Grand Marshal for the
South Padre Island Marathon.

Lifestyle News

Monica’s Angel at the South Padre Marathon Finish Line

Like runners, motivation can come in all shapes and sizes. In Monica Lopez’s case, motivation to complete the South Padre Island Marathon comes in the form of an unexpected angel, a FedEx hat and a tragic accident. Monica is no stranger to South Padre Island. “I’ve been going to S. Padre with my family almost […]

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HEB Slim Down Showdown winner humble about marathon success

This is the end of second guessing. This is saying goodbye to more than twenty years of uncertainty and being afraid. This is Jacque’s triumph. It’s before sunset on a Friday evening. The wind is strong enough to slow a runner’s pace. But time isn’t a factor for Jacque Ary. The clock doesn’t measure her […]

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Runner’s Warm-Up Routine

A proper warm-up will help optimize your runs when training for the South Padre Marathon! The length of your warm-up will depend on the length of your expected run. For example, if you plan for a longer workout, warm up a little longer than for a quick half-hour workout. All in all, DON’T SKIMP OUT […]

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Why South Padre Island?

Sand Castle Capital of the World, Best Beaches in Texas, Top Birding Destination, Fireworks Capital of Texas, Schlitterbahn Indoor Water Park, Dolphin Cruises, World Class Fishing, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving, Kite Boarding and Wind Surfing Capital of Texas, Pirate Cruises, and so much MORE!

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South Padre Island Marathon
South Padre Island, TX 78597


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