Join Exygon and Baptist Hospitals Gusher Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
The Gusher Marathon is an annual spring marathon held in Beaumont, Texas. It was founded in 2010 by the local nonprofit organization Sports Society for American Health and sponsored by Exygon Gym and Baptist Hospitals.
If you’ve ever seen the James Dean & Elizabeth Taylor classic film “Giant,” or even more recent movies like Daniel Day-Lewis’s “There Will Be Blood,” then you have an idea of the romance of a place like Beaumont, Texas, whose Spindletop oil field set the stage for America’s movement into the petroleum age after its discovery in 1901.
Though the filed has long since ceased to be an oil producer, today it is on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the inspiration for the city’s The Gusher Marathon.
The marathon course is two laps of the half marathon.
The course for the marathon, starts and finishes at the Montagne Center of Lamar University, the city’s flagship state university. From there, runners follow an out-and-back route through the streets of the city, which lies just north and west of Sabine Lake and Port Arthur.
The route includes long stretches in roughly the middle of the race along the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, as well as stretches through downtown, just within view of Riverview Park, overlooking the waters of the Neches River flowing by to the east of the city.
After a few twists and turns through Beaumont’s downtown district, runners then follow Park Street, College Street and Wall Street until they turn back onto the MLK Parkway, which they take back southward and eastward toward the Lamar University campus, back to the finish line at the Montagne Center.
The start line will close at 7:45 a.m. If you arrive late, you may not be allowed to start. The finish line and course will remain open for 6 hours. This allows for marathoners to complete the course at around a 14 minute mile pace.
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