Race Info – Run for the Water



Untill 07/15/2017


Gazelle Foundation Run for the Water presented by Keller Williams Realty is the second largest fully charity-produced road race in Austin, Texas. The event is solely produced by and benefits the Gazelle Foundation, an Austin-based non-profit improving the lives of citizens of Burundi, Africa, through the building of water systems. Simply by registering to run, you are providing access to clean water for one Burundian for life. Our award-winning event has been recognized by numerous publications and organizations, including the Austin Chronicle, Austin Fit Magazine, Austin American-Statesman, and Road Runners Club of America. We are also the only 10mi race in Austin!

Race details

Location and Start times:

The 10 Mile and 5K start at 7:00 AM * on Cesar Chavez east of Lamar Blvd.

Both races finish on the South First Street Bridge. The Kids K (9:15 AM) starts and finishes on the South First Street Bridge. Ample parking is available on the street and in several parking garages, including One Texas Center (505 Barton Springs Rd), Palmer Events Center ($7.00), and the Austin American Statesman on Congress Ave.


Sunrise on race day is 6:45 AM. Average weather at sunrise is 51 degrees with afternoon highs averaging 72 degrees. Dating back to 2009 the average temperature has been 52 degrees at the start.

Packet Pick up

2017 Run for the Water Packet Pick-up Info

Limited Race Day Packet Pickup

Can’t make packet pickup on Friday or Saturday? For $20 you can pick up your packet on race day Nov. 5th from 5:00 am -6:45 am on the South First Street Bridge. All proceeds go directly to the Gazelle Foundation.

Limited availability!

Please fill out the form and pay HERE.


Results for 2007-2016 are available HERE.

Tag timing

The 10-Mile and 5K utilize chip timing. Results will be available shortly following the finish and posted near the start line.


Run for the Water is excited to be partnering with SpotHero in providing race day parking.  Head on over to their website to browse options for reserving a spot ahead of race day!

10-miler Map


5K Map


Kids K

Not in Austin in November?

No worries, you can still be part of the Gazelle Foundation Run for the Water by signing up for the Global Run.

Since the inception of the GLOBAL RUN in 2014, over 1500 individuals have run in their home cities as part of the Run for the Water. The long term goal of this extension of Run for the Water is to match or exceed the number of participants in Austin, creating a truly global movement.

Connect with coworkers and friends to change lives in Burundi. Find out more here

Register by September 30 to receive your shirt/bib by Nov. 5th, otherwise they will be mailed after the event.



Results will be available on our website immediately after the event. Past results to all Run for the Waters will soon also be available here.

The Gazelle Foundation Run for the Water is a premier fall running/walking fundraiser
to help the people of Burundi. Through our collective fundraising efforts, we are able to build water projects that provide access to clean water for entire Burundi communities. You can choose one of the following distances: 5k, 10 Mile, Kids K and the Global Run.

The next race is November 5, 2017.

The 10 Mile, 5K and Kids K and Global Run. Maps for the 10mi & 5K can be found above. Read more about the Global Run below!

Born out of the desire by those not in Austin to still participate, the Global Run is for anyone that wants to change a life in Burundi. You register, we mail you the race shirt and training plan in advance of November 5th. On that weekend run or walk any distance of your choice.

Additional information is available via runforthewater.com/details.

You choose your distance of choice for the Global Run. Want to walk? That’s cool with us! Run a marathon? You’re a rock star!

There are no official runs similar to what will happen in Austin on November 5th. However, in cities all across the US there will be groups of people gathering to do a 5K, 10 Mile or similar distance. We’ll update you via email or in your race packet with more details on people from your city taking part in the Global Run.

Yes, you can switch from the 10 mile to the 5K however we do not refund the difference in your registration fee. Email us at info@gazellefoundation.org if you would like to switch events.

Yes, you will have to pay the additional fee at the time you switch. Email us at info@gazellefoundation.org if you would like to switch events.

We are a charity, so anything you contribute helps us further our mission. With that said, parents are not required to register to run with their child for the Kids K. You must register for the 5K or 10 Mile if you choose to do one of those events as well.

Absolutely, but if you do you immediately become responsible for their bib, shirt and packet. We don’t issue a second bib, timing tag, shirt or anything else. We highly recommend you notify any individual immediately after picking up so that they know you have done this for them.

For various reasons, Run for the Water is unable to offer any form of refund or transfer.

The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, The Gazelle Foundation Run for the Water encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of Run for the Water. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line.
Strollers and Dogs are not allowed on the course for safety reasons for all participants.
We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones, dogs, and strollers at home.

Runner safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

Yes. The course has a hard closure of 10:00 AM. This is an 18 minute per mile pace beginning at 7:00 AM for the 10 mile. Any participants who cannot maintain a 18:00 min per mile pace will be asked by the race official or local law enforcement to step onto the sidewalk to complete the course. To be recognized as an official finisher in the results you must cross the finish line timing mats by 10:00 AM.

We will be providing water and Gatorade in the finish area. Additionally, EPIC and KIND bars will be distributed as well.

Unfortunately the IRS does not permit us to count entry fees as donations. However, any donations made along with your registration or in addition to it through our fundraising portal are fully tax deductible. The Gazelle Foundation has been a registered 501(c)(3) since 2006.

The 5K and 10 mile race start at 7am on Caesar Chavez just East of Lamar. The Kids K starts at 9:15 am at the finish line on the South First Street Bridge on the north end at the intersection of Caesar Chavez. The start and finish are about ½ mile from each other.

The Road Runner’s Club of America Championship designation is awarded for the following distances at the State, Regional, and National level on an annual basis through a competitive bidding process: and the Gazelle Foundation Run for the Water was awarded the 2017 10 Mile State Championship.