Welcome to Marathon
This tiny railroad town has two claims to fame. First, it's the closest town to Big Bend's north entrance, providing a last chance to fill up your car and your stomach before immersing yourself in the park. And it's got the Gage Hotel, a true Texas treasure that's a worthwhile reason to stay awhile – or at least overnight.
Just don't show up and say 'Mar-a-thon' like it's a race. If you want to fit in 'round these parts you've got to say 'Mar-a-thun' – and it helps if you're wearing a hat and give a friendly nod each time you say it.