Inaugural 5K Run & Walk


We have four different levels of sponsorship plans: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze; however, you are welcome to propose an exclusive sponsorship plan or contribute a different amount, if preferred. Your donation will help open educational and vocational training opportunities for low-income families being assisted by HATC. If you would like to know more about how to become a sponsor please click on the button below.


If you wish to take advantage of this unique opportunity and have the chance to promote your business, please consider becoming an exhibitor. Our 5K will be held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Decker Challenge Half Marathon and is expected to attract over 1,500 participants composed of HATC residents, community members, city officials and organizations throughout Travis County. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on this opportunity! If you would like to know more about how to become an exhibitor please click on the button below.



In 1979, the Austin Runners Club organized a race on the roads around Decker Lake in East Austin. The Decker Challenge was born!


Today, the Decker Challenge Half Marathon is one of the longest running races in Austin. On December 9, 2018, we’ll be celebrating our 40th annual event! All finishers receive a long sleeve technical fabric t-shirt, free post-race photos, post-race beer, and a highly-coveted Decker Challenge finisher’s medal.


The Housing Authority of Travis County will hold its Inaugural 5K Fun Run & Walk in conjunction with the 40th Annual Decker Challenge Half Marathon on December 9, 2018. HATC created a nonprofit subsidiary, the HATC Foundation, to further its vision to develop vibrant communities which enhance and improve lives through the delivery of optimal programming and supportive services to all HATC residents and clients. Our 5K Fun Run & Walk is intended to help raise funds to empower and support all of our HATC residents – both parents and children – interested in pursuing a higher education, vocational training, and/or skill-building opportunities that will eventually help them become more self-sufficient.


8:00 AM 

Decker Challenge Half Marathon Start

8:15 AM

Deck the Halls 5K Fun Run & Walk Start

12:00 PM

Decker Challenge Half Marathon course closes

Spread the word! The more people who find out about the race, the more support it will get. So post a link of this page on your Facebook page or include it in your email-signature. Or print out this page and pin it to a noticeboard. If you cannot make it to the race but would love to contribute, you can donate to help raise funds for our initiatives.

The HATC Foundation is now a tax-exempt nonprofit under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.