Houston Marathon and RunFest
Houston is one of the largest cities in the world, and it is also home to the Houston Marathon. The Chevron Houston Marathon is an annual event that draws more than 25,000 participants and thousands of spectators. It is held each year in January. This is the largest single-day sporting event in the city. Houston Marathon
Since 2005, the Houston Marathon Committee has hosted fourteen U.S. half marathon championships. In addition, the organization has earned the gold certification of the Council of Responsible Sport. As the organizers of the race, the committee depends on its volunteers to produce a high-quality race. These volunteers receive free parking and access to the festivities during RunFest.
Runners will enjoy the scenery of downtown Houston while running the 26.2-mile marathon course. During the race, they will pass through the Memorial Park, Washington Corridor, the Museum District, and The Heights. There are several refueling stations along the route. A Gatorade Endurance Energy Gel station will be placed at mile 7.
At mile nine, the course will turn right on West Gray Street and then head south on the Buffalo Bayou. After that, runners will follow Bissonet Street and then continue on Kirby Drive to reach Rice University. They will then return to downtown on Allen Parkway.
Participants of the half marathon will enjoy a fast and flat route. Those who can maintain a pace of thirteen minutes and forty-five seconds per mile should be able to finish the half marathon in four hours. However, they should be aware of a rolling schedule of road closures.
Participants are encouraged to sign up early. Due to limited space on the course, this event sells out each year. To register, a government-issued photo ID is required. For the best chance of finding a spot, the registration deadline is December 2. While the marathon and half marathon have a protected cap of 25,000, organizers encourage participants to sign up as soon as possible.
Runners will also have the opportunity to participate in a 5K race. This will take place on the same course as the marathon and half marathon. Thousands of people will be participating in the We Are Houston 5K.
Runners will want to wear a reflective shirt. There will be a large variety of sponsors and charities at this year's race. Among the many, there is a Run For A Reason Charity Program that raised a record $2.6 million in 2014. The Run For a Reason charity program will be giving away free entries to the event.
The official starting line for the Houston Marathon is located at George R. Brown Convention Center. Runners will have the opportunity to pick up their race packets at a health and fitness expo that will be held at the convention center. Afterward, they can enjoy the post-race festivities at Discovery Green Park.
On race day, Houston's temperature will range between 45 and 63 degrees. On Sunday, the weather should be slightly cooler.