The Bearathon

The 18th Annual Bearathon is on March 21, 2020!  Register here today.  

The Bearathon is a challenging half marathon that has earned itself the nickname as “The Toughest Half in Texas.”  The Bearathon serves as one of Student Foundation's largest and most effective fundraising efforts each spring to raise money for Student Foundation scholarships.  The race is open to the public and attracts about 2,000 runners from across the state of Texas and across the nation resulting in thousands of dollars raised for student scholarships.

Other features of the course include a tour of campus with a run by the newly built Rosenbalm Fountain, a brief venture into Downtown Waco, through the challenging hills of Cameron Park, and will finish alongside the great Brazos River.  The Sic 'Em 6K run starts and ends at the same location as the Bearathon and will take runners on a scenic tour of Baylor University's campus.

Be sure to follow us on social media (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) for the latest updates on the Bearathon!

The Bearathon has yet again been voted "Best Running Event" by readers of the Wacoan for the fifth straight year!  Thank you, Waco neighbors, for your support and encouragement!

You may find all the information you need about the 2020 Bearathon through our website, including the registration rates, course maps, race policies, and other helpful information.

Registration Fees

Online registration will close on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 8:00 P.M.  You may also register in-person during packet pick-up on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at the McLane Stadium Ticket Office (near Gate C).  

All runners will receive gifts for participating: a finisher shirt, water bottle, and other great prizes from our sponsors.  In keeping with the Bearathon as a fundraiser for Student Foundation scholarships, all paid registered runners' registration fees will also be rewarded with $5.00 in tax-deductible gift credit to Baylor University.  

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 20

8:00 AM - Packet Pick-Up Opens, McLane Stadium Ticket Office

8:00 PM - Packet Pick-Up Closes, McLane Stadium Ticket Office

Saturday, March 21

6:00 AM - Packet Pick-Up Opens, McLane Stadium Ticket Office

7:30 AM - Opening Ceremonies, McLane Stadium South Plaza

8:00 AM - Start of The Bearathon (Half Marathon), McLane Stadium South Plaza

8:20 AM - Start of Sic 'Em 6K, McLane Stadium South Plaza

10:30 AM - Overall Award Ceremony (including distribution of prize winnings)

11:00 AM - Medal Ceremony (Age Division Winners)

12:00 PM - Race Course Closes

Bearathon Course Information


In the face of ongoing and rapidly-changing construction of Interstate 35, Student Foundation and the Bearathon team is working hard to develop and finalize a route that maintains a scenic and tough Bearathon race course while keeping you (and everyone involved) safe along the way.  Once final race courses are available for public viewing, we will post them on this page!

The Bearathon (half marathon) is known as "The Toughest Half in Texas" and features a challenging race course for all runners.  It starts and finishes at McLane Stadium and will highlight  Bayor’s campus, the Suspension Bridge, Cameron Park, and the Brazos River. It will provide a scenic and challenging course for participants.  While the race course is still being developed and reviewed by the race directors and the appropriate partner organizations, you may view last year's race course here.

The Sic 'Em 6K starts and finishes at McLane Stadium – the same location as the Bearathon – and will feature the Baylor University campus, portions of downtown Waco, and the beautiful Brazos riverfront.  While the race course is still being developed and reviewed by the race directors and the appropriate partner organizations, you may view last year's race course here.

While we do our best to achieve a race course that is available for hand cyclists and wheel chair racers, we cannot guarantee that the race course will accommodate a safe race experience due to race course revisions caused by ongoing interstate construction and course design. 

Spectator Viewing Areas are located along the half marathon course near Moody Library, in downtown Waco, and at Lover's Leap.  The Race Day Guide will provide more specific locations and instructions participants. 

The race course will be marked with general indicators of the race distance and will be supported by aid stations throughout the race that have water, electrolytes, and enthusiastic, cheering volunteers!  If you (or your group) are interested in volunteering at an aid station, find more guidance by visiting our "Want to Volunteer?" page.

Packet Pick-Up

Packet Pick-Up will be held on Friday, March 20 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the McLane Stadium Ticket Office.  You will pick up your bib at the Ticket Office and then pick up your swag bag next door at Bruiser's Locker Room.  We strongly encourage you to pick up your bib the day before the race to help ensure all race day activities will start on time race day morning.  

However, if runners are not available at this time, packets may be picked up on race day from 6:00 AM to 7:45 AM at the McLane Stadium Ticket Office.

Results & Photos

Runners of The Bearathon and Sic 'Em 6K are required to wear bibs (distributed at packet pick-up) during the race that is also equipped with a timing chip monitored by a third-party timing service.  At the conclusion of the race, a kiosk will be available on the South Plaza of McLane Stadium to review your personal race results.  Winners of each division are determined based on these results.  If you have a dispute with your time after your finish, please visit the Run Far USA tent to dispute your time. Time disputes are evaluated until 10:15 AM, prior to the awards ceremonies.  

The first award ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will present awards to the top finishers of the Bearathon, including the Open, Baylor Student, Baylor Faculty & Staff, and Master's Divisions.  The second award ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. to present awards to the remaining age groups.  

Results and photos from The Bearathon and Sic 'Em 6K will be posted as soon as they're available.  You can view results from past races on the "Results and Photos" page.

Awards & Honors

All race participants will receive a swag bag, water bottle, and shirt.  All Bearathon (half marathon) finishers will also receive a finisher medal at the finish line.  

Cash Prizes for Bearathon Top Finishers

Cash prizes are provided to the top three winners (in separate male and female divisions) of The Bearathon (half marathon).  If the runner is not present to claim the funds, then a race director will contact the runner after the race to facilitate payment appropriately.  Cash prize winners have 30 days from race day to claim their prize winnings. 

  • The Open Division (overall) winners will be awarded $500 for first place, $400 for second place, and $300 for third place. 
  • The Baylor Student Division winners will be awarded $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place.
  • The Baylor Faculty & Staff Division winners will be awarded $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place.
  • The Master's Division (ages 40+) winners will be awarded $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. 
Gold Medals for Age Division Winners 

Gold Bearathon medals will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in the following divisions of the Bearathon (half marathon) race:  Baylor students, 15-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+.  Due to constraints in the timing of the medals' arrival, we cannot guarantee that they will be engraved with the appropriate race category information.  If a runner is not present to claim his/her gold medal, it will be mailed to them after the race using the address on file with the runner's registration.

In addition, the top 3 overall finishers in the male and female divisions of the Sic ‘Em 6K will also receive a gold medal.

Directions & Parking

Baylor University and its great McLane Stadium is located in Waco, Texas, directly off Interstate 35 (I-35). Parking will be at the stadium site lots in either Parking Lots 2 or 3.  Due to ongoing major construction on I-35 surrounging McLane Stadium, we encourage you to allow extra time in your schedule to arrive at McLane Stadium.

Please feel free to use the website, to assess your best route to the start and finishing point of the Bearathon.