Properly enough for the city that is synonymous with huge oil, the Houston Marathon and Half Marathon appreciates the sponsorship of Chevron and Aramco and draws a Texas-sized field of around 25,000 sprinters and two or three hundred thousand onlookers consistently.
The race takes those running in both the half and the full long distance races along a quick and level course that has been called one of the country’s “quickest winter long distance races” by the editors of the Ultimate Guide to Marathons.
The course for the half long distance race begins with the full long distance race, along Congress among Caroline and San Jacinto, only a couple of squares away Minute Maid Park — the home of Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros — and shares a similar course as the 26.2-mile race for the initial 8 miles.
From the beginning line on Congress, sprinters will travel west toward Franklin Street and after that to Washington Avenue, which takes them through Houston’s Washington hall. Somewhere between the second and third mile markers, the course takes a left hand turn on Heights Boulevard and heads south crosswise over Buffalo Bayou and into Hyde Park, where sprinters will take a right on West Gray Street.
That is trailed by turns on San Felipe Street, Kirby Drive and Bissonet Street, for a stretch that brings sprinters near to the grounds of Rice University, the Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. After they pass the exhibition hall — the previous a few miles will have been a practically all-level stretch through the city — they’ll travel north along Montrose Boulevard to the Allen Parkway, where sprinters transform directly for the last leg once more into downtown for the race wrap up. Be sure you properly prepare for possible storm damage in Houston.
Those running the half long distance race will have 4 hours to finish the course, which means at any rate a pace of 13:45 minutes per mile over the initial nine miles of the race, coordinators include. Walkers are free to take an interest in the half, if they can keep a sufficient pace to complete in four hours.
The 2012 Houston Marathon served as the Olympic preliminaries for the long distance race occasion in that late spring’s London Games. (Photograph by Born_Hiker/flickr)
Coordinators limit the quantity of contestants to 25,000 for the long distance race and half long distance race joined, with 13,000 spots saved for the full long distance race and 12,000 saved for the half long distance race. Sprinters are firmly urged to join at the earliest opportunity, as this race sells out in all respects early consistently.
Houston Climate and Weather
Known for its sweltering and sticky climate for a great part of the remainder of the year, Houston appreciates commonly cooler conditions in the wintertime, and normally observes abundant precipitation consistently.
In January, temperatures normal somewhere in the range of 45°F and 63°F, while precipitation aggregates normal simply over 3.8 crawls for the month. Upon the arrival of the race (Jan. 19), the normal low is 45°F and the normal high is 63°F.
$125 – $140 for the half long distance race
$140 – $175 for the full long distance race
To save your spot in the 2020 running of the Chevron Houston Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at the occasion site here.