Sunday, March 1, 2015, 7 a.m.
San Marcos, TX
Chilling rain, icy winds, and even the dreaded ‘black ice’ were no match for the 240 runners that braved the elements to participate in the 31st Annual Moe’s Better Half Marathon last Sunday.
The race served as the kickoff event for The Graduate College’s initiative to promote wellness and community building. Texas State faculty and students came out to take on the challenging race and support one another, while sporting their Running with the Graduate Deans shirt, provided by The Graduate College. With multiple studies showing how running can enhance one’s academic life, The Graduate College continues to show its support and challenge the community to stay fit, have fun, and get involved with the several races occurring in our very own backyard.
While the majority of the runners claimed the I-35 corridor as home, Maurice “Moe” Johnson and his 13.1 mile race hosted folks from as far as Missouri and New York, and included a wide variety of professional runners, running hobbyists, speed walkers, and dedicated volunteers. Families and supporters cheered on, despite the blistering weather, as runners aging from 16-71 crossed the finish line arch created by Lt. Col. Tony Williams and the cadets of San Marcos High School AFROTC.
Race organizers and volunteers declared the half marathon a success, crediting the outstanding support received from local businesses and sponsors who defied the weather and stepped up to provide a family-friendly, fun, and safe race for all runners and volunteers alike. Supporters of the race included Subway of Central Texas, MVBA Law Offices, San Marcos Runners Club, Josie’s Yogurt, Tanger Outlets and Texas State University’s own Graduate College which had two of its Deans compete in the race and challenge the university’s students to “Run with the Deans”.
Upon finishing the race, marathon-goers were greeted with live music from Adam Johnson and the PayMe’s as well as giveaways from Texas State University’s Graduate College, students of Texas State’s undergraduate running courses, and Moe himself. As the rain and wind continued throughout the morning and temperatures stayed below 40°, Tanger Outlet staff graciously allowed the race’s award ceremony to be held indoors in their customer service center where multiple runners were presented with plaques and, of course, a warm cup of coffee.
For more information or race results from the 31st Annual Moe’s Better Half Marathon, please visit the race website.