Running on an island might not be what
you’d associate with a race in the continental U.S.,
but the South Padre Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay
provides just that: a scenic, flat race on the coast of
The point-to-point half marathon
course begins on the mainland in the heart of nearby Port
Isabel. From there runners run through Port Isabel and
over the bridge toward South Padre Island. After arriving
on South Padre Island, the course continues south along
the island toward the island’s southernmost point
before turning around and heading back north along the
island, passing Queen Isabella Memorial Park and Andy
Bowie County Park along the way.
There are plenty of photo
opportunities along the course, and the race organizers
have even included selfie zones along the course for these
photo opportunities, both with local landmarks and areas
designed just for the race.
The course is almost entirely
flat, just above sea level, with a few rolling hills along
the island. The four-hour time limit for the half marathon
gives walkers and runners alike plenty of time to complete
Nestled along the Gulf of
Mexico in southeastern Texas, South Padre Island experiences
warm weather all year long, with just over 2.1 inches
of rain for the month of November.
On race day (Nov. 13), the
average low is 64ºF and the average high is 77ºF.