Marathon Sunday
February 18, 2024

Our downtown location is perfect for encouraging the thousands of runners participating in the Austin Marathon this Sunday as they race past First Church and head to the finish line at the Capitol! Don’t miss this chance to lean in with love and show our neighbors (and some friendly faces from within this faith community) just how glad we are to cheer them on! See below for more details about the race course and how to get to the church this Sunday.

Worship with FUMC Austin:

In order to cheer on our half-marathon running neighbors as they race past the church, we will have only one worship service at 11:00AM on Sunday, February 18. Worship will include Holy Communion. For more details about this Sunday’s scheduled activities and how to navigate road closures and plan your route to church, see below.

Join the Cheering Section:

Wear your FUMC t-shirts and bring signs of encouragement to cheer half-marathoners on as they run in front of the Family Life Center and around the church. We will be serving coffee and donuts on the sidewalk between 8:30-10:00AM for spectators heading to watch loved ones as they cross the finish line. Sign up today to hand out donuts and cheer runners on!

The Sunday School Hour:

Then at 10:00AM, coffee and donuts will also be available in the Murchison Chapel for a casual time of fellowship and conversation. During this Sunday School hour, all K-8 graders are invited to meet in Wesley Hall for games and activities. Childcare for infants-preK will be available in EDU Room 102 from 9:45AM-12:15PM.

Plan Your Route to Church While Navigating Road Closures:

Routes to Church
From MoPac and Lamar Blvd.
Take W. 5th St.
Left on Lavaca St.
Left on 13th St.
Left into parking garage.
From I-35
If North, access MoPac by crossing 2222/Koenig Lane.
If South, access MoPac or Lamar Blvd. via Ben White Blvd.
Routes from Church
Exit garage and turn left on 13th St.
Left on Guadalupe St.
Right on W. 6th St. to access Lamar Blvd. or MoPac
Parking is available in the parking garage between Lavaca St. and Guadalupe St. This garage may only be entered by accessing 13th St. from northbound Lavaca St.
Mobility impaired individuals may park in the bus lane on Lavaca to drop off passengers or if they are a single driver, to park in the bus lane during the church service, provided their vehicle is moved by 11:30 a.m.
Marathon Route Maps
Marathon course maps are also available here as well as additional travel planning tips from the Austin Marathon organizers.


If you are unable to worship in-person, join FUMC Austin virtually.