The Harlingen Marathon and Relay is a collection of foot races held each year in February. Established in 2018, the annual competitions consist of a full marathon (26.2 miles), a half marathon (13.1 miles), two-person and four-person relay events, and a 5K (3.1 miles) race.
Runners are encouraged to “Rediscover the beauty of downtown Harlingen & its landmarks” during the races. Party music, and water stops are found about every mile. Runners can experience the hospitality of the community as spectators cheer them on towards their goal.
The Harlingen Marathon is an official qualifying event for the world-famous Boston Marathon, which is held every year in April. In 2020, the Harlingen Marathon and Relay was recognized as the largest qualifying marathon in the U.S. 1% of finishers that year qualified for the Boston Marathon.
The Harlingen Marathon is a project of the City of Harlingen, the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce (Visit Harlingen) and Footworks, a Harlingen-based specialty shoe store. The motto for the event is: “Let’s together move forward in creating a healthier and more active community one mile at a time.”