Marathon, half marathon and 5km race in Houston, the largest city in the United States South and Southwest

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In brief

The marker on the map indicates the city in which the race takes place and does not display the exact start or finish location.

Date:
17 January 2021 (Sunday)
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Number of participants: 26.000,
marathon 2020 — 6.900,
half marathon 2020 — 13.433
Race Record: 2:06:51 (marathon) Tariku Jufar, Ethiopia, 2012
Entry fee:
125—180 $ marathon,
100—145 $ half marathon

The Houston Marathon and Half Marathon is an annual long-distance running event held in Houston, state of Texas, USA. The official names of the marathon and half marathon are Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. About 26.000 athletes take part in marathon race and other competitions (6.900 runners completed marathon and 13.433 finished half marathon in 2020).

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Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) 2020

Events and Activities

Marathon race, 42.195km (Chevron Houston Marathon)

The marathon race of 42.195km starts at 7:01 17 January 2021 (Sunday) on Congress Avenue at San Jacinto, Houston.

Age limit: from 12 years old on race day.

Half Marathon race, 21.097km (Aramco Houston Half Marathon)

The half marathon race of 21.097km starts together with the marathon at 7:01 17 January 2021 (Sunday) on Congress Avenue at San Jacinto, Houston.

Age limit: from 7 years old on race day.

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Course

The course of the Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) 2021 tracks through the streets and parks of the city, several times it crosses the Buffalo Bayou river.

Mile signs and clocks are posted at every mile of the route.

Course of the Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) and Half Marathon (Aramco Houston Half Marathon) 2020

Course of the Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) and Half Marathon (Aramco Houston Half Marathon) 2020

Altitude profile of the Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) 2020 course

Altitude profile of the Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) 2020 course

Course video, Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) 2020

The course of the Houston Half Marathon (Aramco Houston Half Marathon) 2021 coincide with the marathon route for the first 12km and then turns towards finish.

Altitude profile of the Houston Half Marathon (Aramco Houston Half Marathon) 2020 course

Altitude profile of the Houston Half Marathon (Aramco Houston Half Marathon) 2020 course

Start line for the Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) and Half Marathon (Aramco Houston Half Marathon) 2021 is on Congress Avenue at San Jacinto, Houston.

Start zone map, Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) and Half Marathon (Aramco Houston Half Marathon) 2020

Start zone map, Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) and Half Marathon (Aramco Houston Half Marathon) 2020

The finish is not far from the start: at Lamar and Crawford, one block up from the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Finish zone map, Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) and Half Marathon (Aramco Houston Half Marathon) 2020

Finish zone map, Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) and Half Marathon (Aramco Houston Half Marathon) 2020

You may find the official course map of the Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) and Half Marathon (Aramco Houston Half Marathon) 2021 here.

The participants of the Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) and Half Marathon (Aramco Houston Half Marathon) 2021 are divided into 4 starting blocks according to the results of the previous races indicated during registration. Runners are allowed to start from the block that is behind their assigned starting position.

You may change your starting block in your participant account till 30 November 2020.

The time limit for completing the marathon is 6 hours, for the half marathon — 4 hours. Additional limits are applied for certain points of the course.

The pace makers of the Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) 2021 provide the necessary pace in order to finish within a certain time. Finish times for marathon are following: 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:50, 3:55, 4:00, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 4:50, 5:05, 5:20, 5:55 hours. Half marathon runners may follow the pace makers for the first 12km of their distance.

Water and nutrition stations are located approximately every 2.5km (1.5 miles) of the route beginning at mile 2 and at the finish. The stations provide runners with water, Gatorade Endurance gel.

Before the start 17 January 2021 (Sunday) you may leave your personal belongings near the start and finish zone in Halls C and D of the George R. Brown Convention Center (1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston). The stuff must be packed in a clear deposit bag, you should attach to your bag a tag that has your race number on it (the tag and the bag are included in your Race Pack along with your bib number).

The routes of the Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) 2021 are certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and by the Road Running Technical Council of USA Track & Field. The event is one of the World Athletics Gold Label Road Races.

Registration

You may sign up for races of the Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) 2021 online.

The online registration is open till the slots last.

The entry fee for the Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) 2021 varies depending on the date of purchase:
tier 1 pricing — 125 $,
tier 2 pricing — 140 $,
tier 3 pricing — 150 $,
tier 4 pricing — 165 $,
tier 5 pricing — 180 $.

The entry fee for the Houston Half Marathon (Aramco Houston Half Marathon) 2021 varies depending on the date of purchase:
tier 1 pricing — 100 $,
tier 2 pricing — 125 $,
tier 3 pricing — 135 $,
tier 4 pricing — 140 $,
tier 5 pricing — 145 $.

You get a discount for Double registration (Marathon/Half Marathon and 5km Race). Finishers that were registered for both the 5km Race and Marathon or Half Marathon receive a third medal — Houston Double medal.

You may switch to another distance (with surcharge if applicable) for a fee of 20 $ till 30 November 2020 and for a fee of 40 $ from 1 December 2020 till 6 January 2021. More info is here.

Your Marathon or Half Marathon Race Entry includes:

  • Bib number with time measuring chip
  • Goody bag
  • Food and beverages stations, toilets along the course and after the race
  • Bag deposit
  • Pace maker service (for marathoners)
  • Music points along the course
  • Live athlete tracking through the mobile app
  • Finisher medal
  • Finisher T-shirt
  • Glass beer stein (for marathoners)
  • Foil blanket after finish
  • Changing facilities
  • On-line race results
  • Digital race diploma with indicated finish time
  • Medical aid if necessary

You may pick up the Race Pack with your bib number at the Houston Marathon Health & Fitness EXPO on the 3rd floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center (1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston), entrance is through Hall B.
Pick-up desks schedule:
15 January 2021 (Friday) from 9:00 till 18:00,
16 January 2021 (Saturday) from 8:30 till 18:00.

To get your Race Pack you should show your ID with photo (passport), confirmation email (electronic or printed).

You may authorize another person to collect your Race Pack. The collecting person needs to present a copy of your ID (electronic or printed), your printed and signed confirmation letter.

No health certificate is required to enter any race of the Houston Marathon (Chevron Houston Marathon) 2021.

Race Results 2020*

Men (marathon)
1. Kelkile Woldaregay Gezahegn (ETH) 02:08:36
2. Bonsa Dida (ETH) 02:10:37
3. Amanuel Mesel (ERI) 02:11:04

Women (marathon)
1. Askale Merachi (ETH) 02:23:29
2. Biruktayit Degefa Eshetu (ETH) 02:24:47
3. Malindi Elmore (CAN) 02:24:50

* Source: track.rtrt.me

Find your result and the results of your friends and companions here.

Contact Information and Links

Organizer’s address:
Houston Marathon Committee
720 N. Post Oak Rd., Ste. 200
Houston, TX 77024
USA

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* The race information is from publicly available sources and the official website of the event. Always check the official website for the most up-to-date information. If you see any mistake, please, write to admin@letsportpeople.com.

Weather during Previous Races

Date: 19 January 2020
Clear throughout the day.
Temperature: 6°C – 16°C (43°F – 60°F)
Wind: 20 km/h (12 mph)
Date: 20 January 2019
Clear throughout the day.
Temperature: 0°C – 12°C (32°F – 54°F)
Wind: 11 km/h (7 mph)
Date: 14 January 2018
Clear throughout the day.
Temperature: 0°C – 12°C (33°F – 53°F)
Wind: 8 km/h (5 mph)

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Flights to Houston

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If over the past 6 years your flight within European Union, Turkey or to these countries was delayed for more than 3 hours or cancelled, if you missed a connection flight because of delay, if you were denied boarding because of overbooking you are eligible for compensation of 125—600 € according to European Commission Regulation 261/2004 and Turkish Regulation On Air Passenger Rights. You may check your case for free here, it takes 2 minutes. No fee is charged until the compensation is paid.

Insurance

Race participants are fully responsible for their life, health and any consequence that may result from running a distance. Keep in mind that ordinary health insurance does not cover participation in sport events. Special sport insurance is preferable.

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Tours and Excursions

Other Races in January 2021

M — Marathon, 42.195 km
H — Half Marathon, 21.097 km

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