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Run for a Cause This Spring at the Silo District Marathon Weekend in Waco

Shop, dine, and lace up your tennis shoes at Magnolia.

Going out for a run is good; going out of town for a run is even better.

Nothing says spring like soaking up some sun and fresh air, and the perfect place to do so this spring is at the Silos in Waco during the third-annual Silo District Marathon Weekend April 24-26, benefitting cancer research. Choose your race—Kid’s Fun Run, 5K, half marathon, and full marathon—all starting at the Silos and winding through some of the most scenic spots in Waco.

Chip Gaines had the idea to start the first Silo District Marathon weekend about four years ago after he was inspired by Gabriele (Gabe) Grunewald, a professional runner, as she was running through Central Park. He had always toyed with the idea of running a marathon, so he stopped her to ask the best way to get started.

“We host this race because I believe when we do hard things together, we can accomplish the impossible,” Gaines says.

“She convinced me that with some old-fashioned hard work I could be ready by the beginning of summer,” Gaines says. “Come to find out, back in 2009, Gabe was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, a rare form of cancer.” Grunewald lost her battle with cancer in June 2019, which is one reason Gaines is so passionate about this race—a way to honor her memory and fighting spirit. Each year, he is continually inspired by the camaraderie of the runners of this marathon—no matter their skill level or how far or fast they run—as they move toward the finish line side by side accomplishing their goals and raising money to fight cancer one step at a time. “We host this race because I believe when we do hard things together, we can accomplish the impossible,” Gaines says. “Whether it’s to push our bodies further than we ever have before or raise a boatload of money to help find a cure for this thief called cancer.”

No matter your age or skill level, there’s a race just for you at the Silo District Marathon Weekend. The Kid’s 1 Mile Fun Run welcomes families, kids, and strollers, as does the 5K. Participants can also join in on the half marathon and full marathon as well as The Challenge—two days, two races, two medals, and all the bragging rights. To participate as a race challenger, you’ll run the 5K on Saturday, April 25 and either the half or full marathon on Sunday April 26. Those who register for The Challenge get an exclusive race day long-sleeve, Nike Dri-FIT t-shirt.

In addition to the marathon weekend, the Silos are the backdrop for a variety of events hosted by Magnolia throughout the year.

The Silo District Marathon Weekend in Waco kicks off at 9 a.m. April 25 with the Kid’s 1 Mile Fun Run, followed by the 5K, with the half marathon and full marathon on April 26. Be sure to make a weekend of it—an easy and quick getaway from Dallas. In addition to the marathon weekend, the Silos are the backdrop for a variety of events hosted by Magnolia throughout the year. The big, green lawn is a gathering place for friends and family to enjoy lawn games, food trucks, and an outdoor stage. Calm your race day nerves with some retail therapy at Magnolia Market and carb load for the race at Magnolia Table or the Silos Baking Co. There will also be plenty of food trucks on-site, with fare ranging from barbecue, pizza, and sandwiches to gourmet popcorn, hot dogs, and sweet tea.

Click here for a complete race schedule, registration and pricing information, check-in details, course maps, training plans, 2019 results, and FAQs, as well as information on volunteering or being a vendor for the event.

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