Everything We Know About Chip Gaines's Upcoming Waco Marathon

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While Chip and Joanna Gaines may be taking a step back from their hit HGTV show Fixer Upper after season five wraps up, these two are not slowing down. In fact, while Joanna Gaines is preparing to launch Magnolia Table and its , Chip Gaines is training to run his first-ever marathon, which he will host in Waco, Texas. Here's everything we know so far about the inaugural event and how Chip is preparing for race day.

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1 It’s happening in Waco, Texas, on May 6.

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Mark your calendars now! The first-ever Silo District Marathon is just a few months away and has already opened.

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2 The reason why Chip wants to run a marathon is so inspiring.

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While Chip has always wanted to run a marathon, he didn’t find the motivation he needed to do it until this past fall. Back in October when Chip was completing the press tour for his new book , he and Joanna were in New York City’s Central Park when they met professional runner and Minnesota native Gabriele Grunewald.

After chatting briefly, Chip learned Gabriele has been battling Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, a rare form of a cancer, for almost 10 years. Despite her diagnosis, she hasn't given up on running—and that’s when Chip realized he wanted to give it a try, too. “After hearing Gabe’s story, I realized two things: I didn’t want to spend another second standing on the sidelines," Chip wrote on the , "and secondly, given what she’s gone through, I didn’t have any excuse not to give this a shot. So I commited."

"While running a marathon is nothing compared to fighting cancer, it hopefully serves as a fitting symbol to facing our fears head on, whatever they may be, and taking on challenges that seem larger than us with faith and hope," the Gaineses wrote on the .

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3 Gabriele is training him for race day.

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She's coaching him through training and plans to be there for race day. “I am so thrilled you are taking on this challenge and excited to guide you on the journey,” she wrote to Chip on . “(I’m making some changes to your training plan at this very moment.) We will make sure you find that finish line and have fun doing it!”

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4 Chip's first run wasn't so smooth.

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“Monday was my first official day of training, and all I can really say is—that hurt,” he wrote on the . “We set a modest goal of 1.7 miles for my first run. Turns out I would have been better off running to the mailbox and back because by the time I rounded the first mile mark, I was gasping for air and it took everything I had not to keel over right there.”

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5 But he’s pushing forward and has already made incredible progress.

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Since he began training in January, he's already worked up to running 7 miles. "I seem to be getting better and better," he wrote on . "[First] couple of long runs really sucked, but last week my 7.2m long run finally felt good."

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6 And the whole family is supporting him.

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Joanna (and baby!) and all the Gaines kids—Drake, Ella, Duke, and Emmie—are cheering on their dad with sweet, handwritten notes and post-run snacks.

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7 Anyone can register.

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Whether you’re a beginner or pro, runners of all levels can sign up for the, which features a full marathon option (26.2 miles), a half-marathon option (13.1 miles), or a 5K (3.1 miles). The full marathon, which costs $150 to register, starts at 7 a.m., followed by the half-marathon at 7:30 a.m. ($135 to register), and the 5K ($45 to register) at 7:45 a.m.

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8 All of the proceeds will be donated to rare-cancer research.

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To honor Gabriele's journey and to help those also affected by rare forms of cancer, the Gaineses are going to write a big check to fund cancer research. "We will donate 100 percent of the profits from the race to further the much-needed research on rare cancers, which make up 50 percent of all cancer diagnoses," they wrote on the .

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9 You'll see Clint Harp there, too.

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Unlike Chip, this won’t be Clint’s first race. The Wood Work star is a regular runner and plans to run the half-marathon distance. "You know I’m lacing up," he wrote on . "I’m in for the half! Gonna be a fun day! I’ll be the guy with the #lovebuildrun shirt on."

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10 It's going to be an incredible way to see Waco, Texas.

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The race course takes you past some of Waco’s most iconic destinations and sights including the Silos and Magnolia Market, the Waco Suspension Bridge, and downtown Waco. Count us in!

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