Looking for something different? Tired of the traffic and the rat race? How about a quiet place for that special get-away or, maybe, a new place to call home? Welcome to Marathon!
Marathon is a small town and that’s part of its charm, but it also has many of the comforts and conveniences of big-city life. For example:
Internet services (options include fiber, cable, and point-to-point)
FedEx and UPS service daily
Water and sewer cooperative
Local health clinic (open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am - 4pm)
Public schools (pre-K through 12th grade) with a student-teacher ratio of 6-1
In-town parks and trails
At more than 4,000 feet elevation, Marathon is blessed with a dry desert climate that is pleasant for all, particularly for those who like outdoor living and recreation. For avid gardeners, the area boasts three growing seasons. Big Bend National Park is only 40 miles away. The Post Park, beloved by picnickers and birders, is 5 miles southwest. The roads around Marathon, devoid of city traffic, welcome runners, bicyclists and motorcyclists. The local motel can accommodate tents, campers and large RVs.
Marathon has an eclectic group of residents. Many artists call Marathon home. The annual Marathon 2 Marathon brings runners every October to qualify for major marathons elsewhere, including the Boston Marathon. The Gage Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and offers guests fine dining and good music. People from all over the world come through Marathon to visit Big Bend National Park. Many families have been in Marathon for generations; you might also meet someone from one of many foreign countries who is hiking, biking or driving through Big Bend. The Big Bend and Brewster County Tourism Councils support art and music festivals, local live theater, as well as the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering which is held in Alpine in February.
Alpine, 32 miles away, is the county seat of Brewster County. It offers a full-service hospital and Sul Ross State University. Midland has the closest international airport and is a 2½ hour drive, while the airport at El Paso is 4 hours away. Amtrak makes its only routine stop between Del Rio and El Paso in Alpine. Amtrak comes to Alpine from many major cities within Texas. Greyhound Bus service is also available to Alpine.
If you have any questions or queries on relocation, please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber of Commerce.