Circuit of The Americas has invited thousands of runners to be some of the first competitors to set foot on its newly completed racetrack when the venue hosts a Formula Run on Saturday, Nov. 3. Up to 5,000 runners will cover the 3.4-mile asphalt circuit, home to the Nov. 18 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, which last month received a “Grade 1” designation, motorsports' highest distinction for a racetrack, from the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile.
“We are eager to have community members and customers personally experience and see the world-class venue at Circuit of The Americas,” circuit president Steve Sexton said. “In addition to the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Circuit of The Americas will feature a variety of sporting and entertainment events throughout the year, including foot and cycling races, and the Formula Run will be a great way to launch that tradition.”
Circuit of The Americas will host the Formula Run in cooperation with the RunTex Foundation. Partial proceeds from run registration fees will go to support the Onion Creek Greenway project, Travis County's first Greenway initiative. Once completed, it will form a 21-mile corridor of hike and bike trails that will link to Richard Moya Park near the circuit site. The Greenway will provide recreational opportunities, and conserve and restore endangered bottomland woods and grasslands.
“The Onion Creek Greenway project will allow for fishing and picnics among the pecan groves and Travis County's native vegetation,” said Precinct Four Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gomez. “Environmentally, this project will serve to help restore the floodplain which was previously used for agricultural purposes.”
The Adult Run starts at 8 a.m. CDT on Saturday, while a separate Kids' Run starts at 9 a.m. CDT. Individuals interested in participating in the Formula Run may register at www.runtex.com.