The 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will be held Sunday, January 19, 2014. The 2014 ABB 5K will be held Saturday, January 18, 2014.
The 2014 race will mark the 42nd running of the Houston Marathon. Click here for a look back at the Houston Marathon from its beginning in December 1972.
Houston has two major airports - Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and Hobby (HOU) - which are both a 30 to 45 minute drive from the start line and the GRB. Bush Intercontinental is located north of downtown Houston on Highway 59 and is the larger of the two airports. Hobby Airport is located south of downtown Houston on Interstate 45. Contact your hotel to see if it offers shuttle service from either airport.
The Run for a Reason program is a charity campaign that happens in conjunction with the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, ABB 5K and Bank of Texas Team Challenge. Money raised through Run for a Reason goes to our official participating charities. Guaranteed race entries are available through the Run for a Reason program. Please visit our Run for a Reason page for more information.
Registration for the 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon lottery will open on June 5, 2013.
The Run for a Reason charity program offers alternative ways to enter the marathon and half marathon races through “Heroes" charity registration and “Fundraise for Registration” options. These entries will open on May 30, 2013. If you purchase a guaranteed charity entry, DO NOT enter the lottery. Click here to learn more about our charity registration options.
Registration for the 2014 5K will open on June 5, 2013. ABB 5K race registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. If entries are still available for the ABB 5K on race weekend, late registration for the 5K will be held at the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann EXPO on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A3.
Mark your calendar! Registration Dates for 2013
||May 7 - May 30
|Guaranteed Charity Entries
||May 30 until sell out
||June 5 - June 20
||June 21 - June 23
Early registration is available for certain qualified registrants. Early registration will be open May 7-30, 2013. Runners must meet the following time qualification standards. Finisher times may date back to January 1, 2012. Qualifying races must be a USATF or AIMS certified course and provide online race results.
Qualifying Race Qualifying Time
Half Marathon 1:52:55
Runners may register for either the marathon or half marathon races with a marathon, half marathon or 10K qualifying time.
Lottery registration will be open from June 5, 2013 through June 20, 2013. There is no fee to enter the lottery. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
During this 16-day period, an online race registration form will be available at chevronhoustonmarathon.com. You must complete this form as if you are registering for the marathon or half marathon race. You will be asked to provide your credit card information, however, your credit card will not be charged until after the lottery has closed and only if your entry is selected.
All individuals who enter the lottery, regardless of the date and time they register, will have an equal chance of being selected for the marathon or half marathon races.
Lottery registrants will be selected electronically after the lottery closes, and at this time, selected participants’ credit cards will be charged during the selection process between Friday, June 21, 2013 and Monday, June 24, 2013. Please note that the credit cards of those individuals not selected will not be charged. If a transaction occurs on your credit card during this time from MarathonGuide.com, this indicates that you have been selected in the lottery and will receive a confirmation email by Monday, June 24, 2013.
By Monday, June 24, 2013, all lottery registrants will be contacted via email and informed of their selection status. In addition, a searchable database of selected participants will be posted on our home page on June 26, 2013.
Yes, it is possible for groups of 2 to 10 people to enter the lottery together. Group registration is available to avoid situations where one family member or friend is selected for the race and their running partners are not selected. Group registration ensures that either everyone in the group is selected or no one in the group is selected. Groups are treated as individual registrants so the odds of being chosen as a group are the same as being chosen as an individual.
The first individual of the group to register for the lottery will have the ability to create a group and give the group a “Group Name.” Once the group has been created, the others (up to 10 total) will be able to join with the group when they sign up for the lottery. You can only sign up as either an individual or as part of a group – not both – and you will not be able to change your status from individual registrant to group registrant once you have signed up. Individuals who sign up as both an individual and as a member of a group will have all of their registrations deleted.
Groups may consist of both marathon and half marathon participants. Groups will be informed of their selection status at the same time individuals are informed by Monday, June 24, 2013.
Signing up for a group is only for lottery purposes and will not enter you into the Team Challenge.
Yes! The Run for a Reason charity program offers alternative ways to enter the marathon and half marathon races through “Heroes" charity registration and “Fundraise for Registration” options.
Click here to learn more about our charity registration.
"Heroes" Entries: "Become a Hero" and receive a guaranteed race entry into the 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon or Aramco Houston Half Marathon. The Heroes charity registration enables runners to make an up-front, direct donation of at least $350 to a Run for a Reason official charity of their choice, plus the cost of registration, to secure a spot in either race. Heroes charity registrations are limited, so be sure to become a Hero" early! If you purchase a HERO entry, DO NOT enter the lottery.
"Fundraising for Registration" Entries: The "Fundraising for Registration" program gives runners an opportunity to fundraise for a Run for a Reason official charity of their choice and receive a marathon or half marathon race entry. This program eliminates any upfront, out-of-pocket costs associated with entering the race. Donations from others pay your way! If you commit to a "FFR" entry, DO NOT enter the lottery.
Yes, we will offer a guaranteed race entry to individuals who have been verified as an official Houston Marathon Veteran. These individuals may register May 7 - November 1, 2013.
Click here to register as an official Houston Marathon Veteran.
Click here for more information on becoming a Houston Marathon Veteran.
Yes, we will offer a guaranteed marathon entry to individuals who have been verified as completing 5 or more Houston Marathon races. These individuals must register May 7 - 30, 2013 to receive a guaranteed marathon entry. Once the lottery for the general public opens on June 5, 2013, runners who have completed 5 or more Houston Marathons must enter the lottery for a chance to be selected and are no longer eligible for a guaranteed race entry at this time.
Click here to register during early registration.
$115 Half Marathon
$25 5K June 5 - June 30, 2013
$30 5K July 1 - Oct. 31, 2013
$35 5K Nov. 1 - Jan. 12, 2014
$40 5K at the EXPO Jan.17, 2014
Yes. Military discounts are available for active and retired military personnel. This offer is not available for dependents. Please email the Houston Marathon Committee at least one month in advance to registration opening at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Inquiries must be made by May 5, 2013 to qualify for a discount.
Yes. Please Click here to view the wheelchair policy.
No, there is no lottery for the 5K. 5K registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Yes, if you are registered for the marathon or half marathon, you may switch to a different distance race (i.e. from the marathon to the half marathon or 5K, or from the half marathon to the marathon or 5K). Please note that participants in the 5K may NOT switch up to the marathon or half marathon.
Race participants may switch between races by completing the online form. You must switch races by December 31, 2013.
Participants may NOT switch races on race day – any marathon or half marathon participant who switches races and runs a different event than they are registered for will be disqualified.
Yes, there is a processing fee to switch between races. Below is a breakdown of the switching fee schedule:
• August 1, 2013 – December 3, 2013: $20, plus the difference between the half marathon and marathon, (if you are switching up)
• December 4, 2013 – December 31, 2013: $40, plus the difference between the half marathon and marathon (if you are switching up)
Participants may NOT switch races on race day – any marathon or half marathon participant who switches races and runs a different event than they are registered for will be disqualified.
Switching up from the 5K to the marathon or half marathon on race day will result in a minimum two-year ban.
Any participant who runs a race other than the one for which he or she is registered will not be scored. If a participant registers for the 5K and runs the half marathon or marathon, then they will be banned from participating in our races for two years. It is imperative that the registration data associated with your race number belongs to you, the registered participant. If race organizers become aware that a runner has participated in one of our events with a bib that is not registered to that runner, both the runner and the person to whom the bib is registered will be prohibited from participating in subsequent Houston Marathon events for a minimum of two years.
If you are a registered marathon or half marathon participant and are unable to participate in 2014 for any reason, you may defer your race registration by completing the online deferment form. Submission of this form forfeits your 2014 race registration and guarantees an entry into our 2015 race of your choice.
You will not receive a refund for 2014 and will be required to pay for your race entry in 2015. All deferred runners will be sent an email in early May 2014 with instructions to register during Early Registration. You will not be automatically entered into the 2015 race.
Minimum Two-Year Event Ban for Unauthorized Runners
Our past races have been marred by numerous participants running under the guise of someone else’s race number. While this may seem harmless to the parties perpetrating the bib transfer, it does convey serious consequences to the organizers and participant field alike.
From race results to finishers’ awards being impacted as well as medical staff being able to correctly identify participants in need of treatment, it is imperative that the registration data associated with your race number does in fact belong to you, the participant.
If race organizers become aware that a runner has participated in one of our events with a bib that is not registered to that runner, both the runner and the person to whom the bib is registered will be prohibited from participating in subsequent Houston Marathon events for a minimum of two years.
Packet pick-up will be held at the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute EXPO:
Friday, January 17, 2014 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 18, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB)
Hall A3 (3rd floor)
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010
Additional 5K packet pick-up: Saturday, January 18, 2014 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Location is TBD.
There is no packet pick-up on the morning of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Packet pick-up will be held at the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute EXPO (see location and times above). If you do not pick up your packet at the EXPO, you will not be able to run in your race. Packets will NOT be mailed.
There WILL be race day packet pick-up for the ABB 5K on January 18, 2014.
Each participant will receive a final confirmation sent via email (if you provided a valid email address during registration). Be sure to check your spam folder for the confirmaiton email. Bring a government-issued photo ID and printed copy of your confirmation to the EXPO to pick up your packet.
Yes. There is a designated area on your final confirmation that allows you to release your packet to someone else. Your friend will need to bring a hard copy of your final confirmation with your signature in the designated area along with a printed copy of your government-issued photo identification in order to retrieve your packet. Your friend must show his or her state-issued photo ID in order to pick up your packet.
You will be notified of your assigned bib number when you receive your final confirmation via email in early January 2014.
Yes. Entrants who are assigned to different corrals but wish to start together may do so. If your friend was placed in a corral behind yours, then you are welcome to forego your assignment and join them in the other corral. Entrants may move back to another corral, but not forward.
No predictions here! Below are averages from previous Houston Marathons:
Average low temperature: 45F
Average high temperature: 63F
Mean average temperature: 54F
For more information on Houston weather in January, click here.
The race will go on regardless of precipitation. The race will only be cancelled if weather conditions present imminent danger to participants. The Houston Marathon has never been cancelled in its 41 years.
The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon start line is on Congress Avenue in between Caroline and San Jacinto. The finish is on Avenidas de las Americas in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center.
All runners should report to the start line at 6:30 a.m. The marathon and half marathon wheelchair start is at 6:45 a.m. The remaining marathon and half marathon participants will start at 7:00 a.m.
The easiest way to find your family and friends after the half or full marathon race is to have a plan beforehand. An easy place to meet up post-race is the Reunion Area in Hall C of the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Reunion Area is marked with signs showing letters of the alphabet and runners are encouraged to ask their family and friends to meet them under the sign showing the first letter of the runner’s last name. If you are a Run for a Reason charity participant, you are encouraged to meet family and friends outside at Charity Village.
Be sure to visit RunFest located just feet from the finish line and hang out with friends and family after the race.
There are many privately owned parking lots close to the start and finish lines. Expect to pay cash for all-day parking with no in-and-out privileges. Click here for a map of parking lots in the downtown area near the start and finish lines. A map will also be included in the Race Day Program.
The George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB) will be open at 5:00 a.m. We suggest that runners arrive at the GRB before 6:00 a.m. since the Houston Police Department will begin closing streets in and around downtown at 6:00 a.m. Please keep in mind that there may be heavy traffic and you may have to park a few blocks away from the GRB. Give yourself extra time to make sure you are not late!
You will receive a clear gear check bag with your T-shirt at packet pick-up. This clear gear check bag is the ONLY bag you may check before the race. The bag is 17" x 21" in size and has a drawstring closure. No other bags will be accepted at Gear Check. Clear bags that contain other bags will not be accepted.
Gear Check is located in Halls B and C of the George R. Brown Convention Center. A map of the GRB can be found in the Race Day Program which you will receive in your packet as well as on our website as we get closer to the race.
You will find a gear check tag attached to the top of your race bib. The tag is printed with your bib number. Detach the tag and attach it to the Gear Check bag you received as part of your race packet and bring it to Gear Check in Halls B and C in the George R. Brown Convention Center.
An additional gear claim ticket is attached to the bottom of your race bib. After the race, visit the Gear Check area and present your gear claim ticket to retrieve your bag.
We strongly recommend that you leave your valuables at home. The Chevron Houston Marathon is not responsible for lost or stolen property, including any and all property checked at Gear Check.
Participants in both races will need to be able to maintain a pace of 13:45 per mile in order to stay ahead of the streets being re-opened to vehicular traffic. No participants are allowed on the course when the streets are open to vehicular traffic.
The marathon finish line will close after 6 hours. Any marathoners finishing after 6 hours will not be scored as official finishers.
The half marathon finish line will close after 4 hours. Any half marathoners finishing after 4 hours will not be scored as official finishers.
The course is a 50/50 mix of concrete and asphalt/blacktop, similar to the course composure of the Boston or Chicago Marathon.
Water stations are located every 1.5 miles along the course, beginning at mile 2. Each water station will provide water and Gatorade Endurance Formula (Lemon-Lime) to participants. Medical aid stations are located every other mile beginning at mile 5, and every mile from mile 19 to the finish. Port-a-cans are located every mile starting at mile 2.
These locations are subject to change. Please check back in the fall of 2013.
Throughout the race we encourage and advise runners to stay hydrated to prevent both dehydration and hyponatremia. Please click here to read more about the Chevron Houston Marathon Hydration Initiative.
There are a number of items that are not allowed on the course. Here is a partial list of what is NOT allowed on the course: runners going backward, runners not wearing a bib, animals, bicycles, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates or rollerblades, hand-crank chairs and any wheeled vehicles other than wheelchairs. In accordance with USATF guidelines, wheelchair athletes must wear helmets.
Click here for our updated headphone policy.
If you have a question about what is or is not allowed, please email us at email@example.com.
Per USATF rules, gun time is used to determine prize money winners and time bonus recipients. Tag time (chip time) will be used to determine all age-group winners and other award recipients.
Awards are given to the top three male and female finishers in each race for the following age categories: 11 and under, 12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.
There will be no awards ceremony. All age group awards will be mailed following the event.
Yes! The Boston Marathon accepts qualifying times from the Chevron Houston Marathon. Qualifying times for the Boston Marathon vary by age group. Click here for a complete breakdown of qualifying times. The Houston Marathon Committee will send a complete list of finishers to the BAA about a week after the race.
Yes. The Boston Marathon automatically receives a list of all official finishers of the Chevron Houston Marathon and their tag (chip) and gun times. The time entered on your Boston Marathon registration will be checked against the official time that is on file.
For questions regarding qualification for the Boston Marathon, please contact the Boston Athletic Association.
Marathon and half marathon finisher merchandise will be handed out in the GRB after the Sunday races. All finishers will receive a medal after crossing the finish line. Marathon and half marathon runners will use the "finisher shirt" ticket attached to the bottom of their bibs to claim their finisher shirt. Marathon finishers will also receive a glass beer stein. 5K finisher merchandise will be handed out after the Saturday race. Location is TBD.
Finishers that were registered for both the 5K and marathon or half marathon will recevie a third medal. The medals will be located inside the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A, following the start of the Sunday races. After the race, please present your marathon or half marathon medal and verify your name to receive your Houston Double medal.
Yes! Runners may purchase official race merchandise on race day at the Merchandise Booth located inside Hall C of the GRB.
The Houston Marathon Committee offers an Athlete tracking messaging service for all marathon and half marathon participants. This free* service allows registered users to receive cell phone text messages, emails, or Facebook or Twitter notifications during the race as their favorite runner passes various course checkpoints. Anyone may sign up for this free* service on our website or at the EXPO before race day.
During the race, Live Searchable Results are available at www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com. You can look up a runner’s status on the website using the runner’s last name. Internet kiosks are also available inside Hall C of the GRB on race day at the Verizon Athlete Tracking table. Following the race, results will be posted on our website.
*Standard text messaging rates may apply.
Visit the Information Booth located inside Hall C of the GRB. The staff here has access to a list of all runners who have been admitted to, discharged from and/or transferred from the Medical Area.
Changes to the beginning of the race course are coming.
Mile 10 - Main Street
Mile 12 - University Boulevard in West University Place
Mile 13 - University and Wesleyan
Mile 16 - Post Oak and San Felipe
Mile 17 - Tanglewood Road
Miles 20 & 21 - Memorial Park
The start line, finish line and all water stations. Click here for a list of the Top 10 best places to watch the race.
Looking for a place to grab a bite between runners? Click here for a list of places to eat and drink, along the race course!
The chart below shows the approximate times that the first runners will arrive at each mile marker. Please keep in mind that these times are approximate and showing up at the time listed does not guarantee that you will see the first runners as they streak by.
|Mile 1: 7:05 a.m.
||Mile 10: 7:50 a.m.
||Mile 19: 8:34 a.m.
|Mile 2: 7:10 a.m.
||Mile 11: 7:55 a.m.
||Mile 20: 8:39 a.m.
|Mile 3: 7:15 a.m.
||Mile 12: 8:00 a.m.
||Mile 21: 8:44 a.m.
|Mile 4: 7:20 a.m.
||Mile 13: 8:05 a.m.
||Mile 22: 8:49 a.m.
|Mile 5: 7:25 a.m.
||Mile 14: 8:09 a.m.
||Mile 23: 8:54 a.m.
|Mile 6: 7:30 a.m.
||Mile 15: 8:14 a.m.
||Mile 24: 8:59 a.m.
|Mile 7: 7:35 a.m.
||Mile 16: 8:19 a.m.
||Mile 25: 9:04 a.m.
|Mile 8: 7:40 a.m.
||Mile 17: 8:24 a.m.
||Mile 26: 9:09 a.m.
|Mile 9: 7:45 a.m.
||Mile 18: 8:29 a.m.
||Finish: 9:10 a.m.
A map of parking lots in the downtown area near the start and finish lines will be posted in the fall of 2013. Please note that all lots are privately owned, and that you need to pay cash to the lot owner for all-day parking with no in-and-out privileges.
A list of road closures for the 2014 race weekend will be posted in the fall of 2013.
The Run for a Reason program is a charity campaign that happens in conjunction with the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and the ABB 5K. Money raised through the Run for a Reason program goes to the official charities. Guaranteed charity race registrations open on May 30, 2013. If you purchase a charity entry, DO NOT enter the lottery. Runners that enter the lottery have the option to donate to a Chevron Houston Marathon official charity during the registration process or by visiting the Run for a Reason page.
Both participants and non-participants may create their own fundraising pages, donate to someone else’s donation page, or make a donation directly to the official charity of their choice from the Run for a Reason page. Please note that creating a fundraising page does not register you for our races.
The best and easiest way to raise money for the Run for a Reason charity program is to create an online fundraising page. Using this page, you will be able to set a fundraising goal, email potential donors, keep track of your donations and send thank you emails.
To create your personal fundraising page, go to the Run for a Reason tab, select "Become a Fundraiser" and then click on the logo of the charity for which you would like to support. Enter your information to complete the process and create your fundraising page.
Absolutely! Simply go to the Run for a Reason tab, select "Become a Fundraiser" and then click on the logo of the charity for which you would like to support. Enter your information to complete the process and create your fundraising page.
Companies, organizations and groups that would like to support charity through the Run for a Reason program can do so via our Corporate Sidewalk Squad Sponsorship program. The Sidewalk Squad is a unique program that gives companies exposure in, involvement with and recognition at Texas’ largest marathon in exchange for a tax deductible donation to one of the Chevron Houston Marathon’s Run for a Reason official charities.
Click here for more information about our Sidewalk Squad sponsorship program.