The Cowtown “Blast from the Past” Virtual Run and Distance Training Program


(Fort Worth, Texas) – Challenge accepted: In a time of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, how do you keep runners on track, engaged, and moving toward personal goals. 

The Cowtown offers virtual runs and training programs for individual athletes to complete on their own, but then share the glory on social and via zoom!

Some of you may have thought that Cowtown was out to pasture after finishing a successful race weekend on March 1, but you’d be udderly wrong.  Cowtown Trailblazers has designed a multitude of bull-loved ways for individuals to stay active while being safe.

In fact, you may have seen individuals taking random photos of signs, trash, and historical places as they ran – they were participating in a virtual scavenger hunt. You may have also seen runners collecting litter while pacing 6-feet behind anyone else – they were plogging (picking up litter while jogging). These interactive runs help steer runners toward continued health. As we approach mid-May, there are new offerings to consider.

The Cowtown Blast from the Past Virtual Run.

The Cowtown is known for its medal series. There are athletes, however, that may have joined us in the middle of a series and they are missing part of their medal collection. Now is the time to fix that.

Registration opens Tuesday, May 19, 2020 for the Blast from the Past Virtual Run. Anyone can run any Half, Full or Ultra distance for any year from 2009 thru 2020.  They have until October 18, 2020 to complete their virtual race and earn the missing medal from a past series. The price for the virtual run is $60. There is special pricing if you want to complete a past series in its entirety (3 runs) at $150.

Upon registration for the Blast from the Past virtual run, a bib will be sent in the mail with instructions.  Once they complete the chosen distance, the medal from that year and a finisher shirt will be mailed.  They have the option to print a finisher certificate and receive a $10 off coupon to be used when registering for the 2021 Cowtown.

Virtual Distance Training Program

If runners need help training for the Blast from the Past or any other event, The Cowtown is starting a Virtual Training Program on June 1, 2020. This is a 20-week program built specifically for the Half, Full, or Ultra distance athlete. The program includes detailed weekly schedules, coaching emails, a private Facebook group, Facebook Live speakers on nutrition, injury prevention and more, a Cowtown training shirt, and Live coach sessions.

There is a Facebook LIVE Interest Meeting about the training program being held on Tuesday May 26 @ 7:30pm.


Blast from the Past Virtual Run

Dates: May 15 – October 15

Fee - $60


Virtual Training Program

Dates: Monday June 1 - Sunday Oct 18

Fee- $75

Duration 20 weeks


ABOUT THE COWTOWN: The Cowtown Marathon, the largest multi-event road race in North Texas, has a $10.4 annual economic impact in Fort Worth, Texas, and hosts one of the largest youth races in the nation. Recently voted America’s favorite Marathon by Race Raves, the 43rd  annual Cowtown is scheduled for Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28, 2021 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Proceeds from The Cowtown go directly to The C.A.L.F. Program.

The Cowtown C.A.L.F. (Children’s Activities for Life and Fitness) Program: 

As part of The Cowtown mission to promote a lifelong love of fitness, The C.A.L.F. Program was created in 2009 to help tens of thousands of area children lace up and cross countless finish lines. We visit approximately 400 schools across North Texas annually, training students in proper running technique and educating them about resting heart rate, the importance of hydration, proper nutrition and living an active lifestyle. Through our school grant program, we identify low-income children and fit them properly with a new pair of running shoes, as well as provide grants to make entry fees more affordable. We have made running a 5K race a reality for 42,000 children in the last 11 years.