Each year, runners from around the world race through Austin’s streets for The Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. TEAM FX has already begun training and fundraising for the big day, all to benefit SAFE Children’s Shelter – but it is not too late to get involved.


Since Coach Gary Walker started TEAM FX in 2005, over 288 marathon and half marathon medals have been achieved, with runners having raised more than $375,000 to make a positive difference for children who have suffered abuse and neglect in Austin. By signing up for the team, participants commit to raising $750 each for SAFE Children’s Shelter. All donations are tax deductible and go 100% to the shelter.

The TEAM FX registration fee includes much more than the cost of the 6-month training and coaching sessions. In addition to covering race registration, the fee includes a team running jersey, team meals, a finish-line massage and celebration party, plus additional perks, all while raising awareness and donations to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect in our community. Learn more HERE

While training for a full or half marathon may sound intimidating, Coach Gary Walker’s program is adapted for anyone from beginner to seasoned runner. If you’ve never run before, don’t worry! TEAM FX is designed with a “couch-to-race” mentality that caters to all skill levels. The team focuses on injury-free training in a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere.

Anyone can help

Even if you don’t want to commit to the race itself, you can still support the children’s shelter services by sponsoring a runner on TEAM FX, become a fundraiser, or support TEAM FX in other ways. All donations will go directly to the shelter, and you’ll also be entered into a raffle to win prizes from local businesses.

Registration for TEAM FX ends soon, so please consider joining today to make a difference in your own life, as well as for the children of Austin.