• We'll be back TOGETHER on Sep 10th, 2021

    To attend our event, please be vaccinated. Please wear a mask when not running.

    Event Status Update

    Hello everyone -
    The safety of our participants, volunteers, spectators and staff is at the forefront of our planning for the Zilker Relays.
    As we prepare for Sep 10th, we are committed to following the guidance of public health officials and the requirements of our community and government partners, as well as our own precautions to limit lines and crowds.
    We look forward to welcoming you back to in person racing and will also rely on your cooperation and common sense to help create an experience that is safe and enjoyable for all.
    Paul & The Zilker Relays Team

    September 10, 2021


    6:00pm - Kids

    6:30pm - Full Relay Start


    Registration is Live 
    Rates per Individual:
    $50 through July 24th
    $55 through Aug 15th
    $65 after Aug 16th


    This year's winners will be racing for the best bone conductor headphones in the business ...
    Yes, along with local bragging rights!

    • Open Men (All male team)
    • Open Women (All female)
    • Open Mixed (2 women and 2 men)
    • Masters Men (All male, 40+)
    • Masters Women (All female, 40+)
    • Masters Mixed (2 men, 2 women, 40+)
    • Senior Men (All Male, 50+)
    • Senior Women (All Female, 50+)
    • Senior Mixed (2 men, 2 women, 50+)
    • Odds & Ends (3 men, 1 woman or 3 Women, 1 Man)
    • Just for fun (No Awards. We're just here to run and enjoy the fun, the food, the drinks and the band)
    • Family (All members are from the same family)
    • Corporate (all members are from the same company)
    • Running Store (all 4 employees of the same store)
    • We salute you (Fire, Police, Military, Civil Servant)
    • Fitness Division: If you're a member of a CrossFit box, gym or other fitness studio, you can compete against other like-minded athletes.
  • Packet Pick-Up: Race Day Only

    Packets are to be picked up by one member of each team on race day.
    Please wear your mask and maintain proper social distancing etiquette.
    Race Day Packet Pickup will begin at 4:00PM at Zilker Park on Sep 10th and end at 6:25 PM.
    LIMITED TO FIRST 1200 RUNNERS - No Exceptions. We want to keep our event manageable and focused on the running and fitness community, so we are limiting registration.
  • The Zilker Relays is made possible
    thanks to these great partners!

  • Volunteer Austin

    We're using SignUp.com to organize our Volunteers.

    Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

    1) Click the link below
    2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
    3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.


  • The After-Party ...

    We are reviewing plans for our after-party. We will continue to consult with the COA and Parks Department, along with local health officials as to the best way to host the race and maintain the health and safety of all involved.

    Live Music | TYPE A 

    Like your favorite mix-tape, Type A's set list is filled with your favorite party anthems of the 90s and 2000s; including artists like: Maroon 5, Weezer, Sublime, Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, Third Eye Blind, and so many more!!A body paragraph.

    Food will once again be provided for all runners by our Founding Partners from Tacodeli.


    "There’s only 2.5 miles between you and what is known as Austin’s best post-race party."

    — Denise Malan, The Runner's Bucket List: 200 Races to Run Before You Die

    "This great running of the tribes offers the absolute best post-run food (thank you Tacodeli) and music in Austin, not to mention a unique 4-person relay!"

    — Bob “Wish” Wischnia

    “It doesn’t matter whether you’re fast or slow, young or old, as long as you like to run and have fun."

    — James Allen, Founding Sponsor

    We have a great spectator-friendly course, allowing us to put on a socially distanced post-race party on the grass under the shade of the park's beautiful Oaks.

    2021 Course

    The 2.5 mile course starts and finishes on the north side of Zilker Park (about 200 meters east of the volleyball courts). The post-race party is conveniently located right next to the finish line where trees, the Zilker lawn and team tents create a festive atmosphere.
  • Not quite ready for 2.5 miles on those little legs? 
    Don't worry! We have an event for kids 12 and under.
    All legs are approximately 250 meters.

  • Beneficiary

    We are committed to building a healthy, fit community. We think working to help keep kids active and healthy is cool and we want to do what we can to help get them off to a great start in life. We look for beneficiaries with the same interests in mind when we form our partnerships. Through our great partnership with Balega, we have a special connection with the Lesedi Foundation and their work with the Ethembeni school to help children with special needs in South Africa.

    Ethembeni School, South Africa
  • FAQ's

    We want to help make things easy. If we haven't answered your question below,
    please contact us at info@zilkerrelays.com and we'll work to help you find an answer. 

    Who Should Participate

    Anyone who wants to combine a fun run around Zilker park with great friends, Tacodeli and live music.

    Covid-19 POLICY

    We ask that you only attend if you are vaccinated. We are taking enhanced health and safety measures for you, our sponsors, volunteers and staff members. You must follow all posted instructions while attending the Zilker Relays. If you plan to run or attend, we request that you wear a mask when not running.


    An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. By attending the Zilker Relays, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


    We will require that any paid staff be vaccinated prior to the event and request that all volunteers are as well. We will also send anyone home that has Covid-19 symptoms, or is diagnosed positive on event day.


    For more information on the guidelines we are following go to the City of Austin Center for Events


    Can children participate in the Zilker Relays?

    Definitely, if they can make it 2.5 miles on their own. If they're not quite ready for a full relay, we have a Kid's Relay for children 12 and younger...sign up for the Zilker Kids Relay...teams of 4 kids each run a much abbreviated course of ~250 meters.

    What is included for my registration?

    We provide chip timing, an awesome Zilker Relays T-shirt,  Tacodeli dinner and a bottle of Nuun at the finish line for all race participants.
    Free beer is for anyone of legal drinking age with a valid ID and is NOT a condition of your race entry.
    We also have a concert in the park after the relay, so bring your blankets and lawn chairs and prepare for some fun live music with Type A !

    Can family and friends hang out and support me?

    Social Distancing will be encouraged and the after-party will be reviewed and isn't guaranteed for 2021.


    Are the Zilker Relays associated with a charity?

    Definitely. We are partnering with The Lesedi Project. We believe in getting kids excited about outdoor activities and building great communities. 

    Do I need to buy a meal ticket if I'm on a team?

    No. Your race entry gets you full access to the race, the dinner, the band and all other race amenities. Beer is not part of the race amenities, and is available for anyone of legal drinking age possessing a valid ID.

    Do I need to find all 4 of my teammates?

    Yes. All captains are responsible for finding and filling their teams

    Why didn’t you answer my question?

    We’re truly sorry. If there is something else you’d like to ask please feel free to reach us directly at info@zilkerrelays.com.

    Are the Zilker Relays a timed event?

    Yes. All runners are chip timed.

    How Much is Registration?
    $65 after Aug 16th
    55 though Aug 15th
    50 through July 24th


    The Zilker Relays has a NO REFUND policy. ENTRY FEES AND DONATIONS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE for any reason. This policy applies regardless of whether you become injured, have an unexpected business/family emergency, pregnancy, travel issues, weather cancellation, etc. There are NO exceptions. Any inquiry regarding this policy will be directed back to this statement.
  • Parking

    We have plenty of places to park…

    Parking Notes:

    • Designated drivers are awesome
    • Bus #30 Runs right by the park 
    • Carpooling is appreciated
    Info on Bike Commuting
  • TEAM UP !

    Looking for a team, or in need of a teammate? We can help try to connect you.
    TEAM UP - CLICK HERE and we'll help bring people and teams together.


    Still have questions or concerns about the Zilker Relays? Please contact us below and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.