FAQ

The 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, January 15, 2017. The 2017 ABB 5K will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2017.

We do not have a pace team for the half marathon. The marathon and half marathon starting corrals are combined and based on pace and both races share the same course for the first 8 miles. Half marathon participants are welcome to line up in the starting corral with their desired pace group and may follow their pacer until the marathon participants turn off onto the separate marathon course.

Early Open Registration  – January 17, 2016 @ 3pm – January 21, 2016 CLOSED

Early registration opens on Jan. 17 at 3:00 pm CT and closes on Jan. 21 or earlier if 10,000 entries are sold. Registration is open to all runners.

Guaranteed Entry Registration – May 5, 2016 – May 31, 2016

Registration opens for runners that qualify for or purchase a guaranteed entry.

Entries include: Deferrals, Legacy Runners, 5-9 year Finishers, Time Qualifiers and HERO charity entries – See below for guaranteed entry categories

Open Registration & Guaranteed Fundraising For Registration Entries – June 1, 2016 – Until entries are Sold Out

Registration open for ALL remaining entries that are available after the two previous registration periods
Guaranteed Run for a Reason Fundraising for Registration (FFR) charity entries open.

Registration Entry Fees:

Chevron Houston Marathon – $135
Aramco Houston Half Marathon – $115
HERO Entry – $350+ donation to an official Run for a Reason charity plus the entry fee for the marathon/half marathon

Guaranteed registration ensures you will get a space into the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon or Aramco Houston Half Marathon based on the following criteria:

  1. Deferral – Runners that have deferred their 2016 entry
  2. Legacy Runners – Runners that have completed 10 or more Houston Marathons or 10 or more Houston Half Marathons exclusively.
  3. 5 – 9 year Finishers – Runners that have completed 5-9 Houston Marathons or 5 – 9 Houston Half Marathons exclusively.
  4. Time Qualifiers: Runners that have run under a specific standard. To view our current standards, please go here.
  5. HERO charity entries

Runners may register for either the marathon or half marathon races with a marathon, half marathon or 10K qualifying time.

  • Finisher times must have been run since January 1, 2015.
  • All qualifying times are subject to review and verification.
  • All standards below are based on official submitted net time.
  • Qualifying races must be a USATF or AIMS certified course and provide online race results.
  • Runners may register for either the marathon or half marathon races with a marathon, half marathon or 10K qualifying time.
  • The age graded time qualification guarantees an entry during early registration. All participants interested in Corral “A” assignments must also complete the Corral “A” application section on their registration form to be considered for preferential seeding.
  • The qualifying times are based upon each athlete’s age on the date of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon in which they are participating.

The standards are as follows:

Marathon Half Marathon 10K
4:00:00 1:52:55 51:08

 

Gender Age Group Marathon Half Marathon 10K
Male 65-69 4:10:00 1:58:14 0:54:13
Male 70-74 4:25:00 2:05:07 0:57:33
Male 75-79 4:40:00 2:12:17 1:01:09
Male 80 and over 4:55:00 2:19:27 1:02:15
Female 55-59 4:10:00 1:59:41 0:54:05
Female 60-64 4:25:00 2:06:33 0:57:06
Female 65-69 4:40:00 2:12:17 0:59:35
Female 70-74 4:55:00 2:16:21 1:01:17
Female 75-79 5:10:00 2:19:05 1:01:53
Female 80 and over 5:25:00 2:24:04 1:02:45

Yes! The Run for a Reason charity program offers alternative ways to enter the marathon and half marathon races through “Heroes” charity registration and “Fundraising for Registration” options.

Legacy Runners have completed 10 or more Houston Marathons or 10 or more Houston Half Marathons exclusively. These individuals are eligible to receive a guaranteed entry and have an extended registration deadline of November 1, 2016.

Click here for more information on becoming a Houston Marathon Legacy Runner.

Click here to register as an official Houston Marathon or Houston Half Marathon Legacy Runner.

We will offer a guaranteed marathon entry to individuals who have been verified as completing 5 or more Houston Marathon or Houston Half Marathon races exclusively. These individuals must register May 5 – 31, 2016 to receive a guaranteed marathon or half marathon entry. Once registration opens on June 1, 2016, runners who have completed 5 or more Houston Marathons or Houston Half Marathons must enter through open registration and are no longer eligible for a guaranteed race entry.

$135  Marathon
$115  Half Marathon

$25 5K January 17 – January 21, 2016
$30 5K May 5 – September 30, 2016
$35 5K October 1 – January 12, 2017
$40 5K at the EXPO (if available)

HERO entry:  $350, plus the registration fee.

Fundraising for Registration (FFR) entry:  Price is determined by each charity, plus the registration fee.

Yes. Military discounts are available for active and retired military personnel. This offer is not available for dependents. Please email the Houston Marathon Committee prior to registering at marathon@houstonmarathon.com for additional information. Discounts will be offered to Marathon and Half Marathon participants only.  The Houston Marathon Committee will not issue refunds for the military discount once you have registered.

Yes. Click here for the 2016 policy. Registration will open June 3rd for wheelchair and handcycle registrants.  Participants must contact marathon@houstonmarathon.com to receive a code before registering.

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.

Deadlines:
• August 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016: $20, plus the difference between the half marathon and marathon, (if you are switching up)
• December 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016: $40, plus the difference between the half marathon and marathon (if you are switching up)

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 2017 for any reason, you may defer your race registration by completing the online form here.  Submission of this form forfeits your 2017 race registration and guarantees an entry into the 2018 race of your choice.

You will not receive a refund for 2017 and will be required to pay for your race entry in 2018. You will be eligible to register during early registration in January or guaranteed registration in May. Once open registration begins, your entry will no longer be guaranteed. You will NOT be automatically entered into the 2018 race.

No, the Houston Marathon does not allow the transfer of registrations.  If you are unable to participate, you may defer your entry to 2018. You must complete the online form on the registration page to officially defer your registration.

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 13, 2017      11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 14, 2017   8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX  77010

Additional 5K packet pick-up: Saturday, January 14, 2017 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Location is Discovery Green

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 14, 2017.

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 confirmation email.  Bring a government-issued photo ID and an electronic or 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.

 

You will be notified of your assigned bib number when you receive your final confirmation via email in early January 2016.

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

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 44 years.

The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon start line is on Congress Avenue at San Jacinto. The finish is at Lamar and Crawford, one block up from the George R. Brown Convention Center.

All runners should report to the start line by 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 A 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.

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 C and D 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 C and D 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.

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 at approximately 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.

Throughout the race we encourage and advise runners to stay hydrated to prevent both dehydration and hyponatremia.

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 and any wheeled vehicles other than wheelchairs and handcycles. In accordance with USATF guidelines, wheelchair athletes must wear helmets.

The HMC discourages the use of headphones and iPods but do not impose a ban on wearing such devices. However, athletes competing for prize money are not allowed to use electronic devices such as headphones and ear pieces. If you are to wear headphones, please be aware of emergency vehicles, announcements and other runners along the course.

If you have a question about what is or is not allowed, please email us at marathon@chevronhoustonmarathon.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.

Finishers that were registered for both the 5K and marathon or half marathon will receive a third medal. The medals will be located inside the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall E, 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.

The Houston Marathon Committee offers an Athlete tracking messaging service for all marathon and half marathon participants through the mobile app. This service allows registered users to track their favorite runner as they pass various course checkpoints. The #HouMarathon mobile app is available for apple and android devices.

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. Following the race, results will be posted on our website.

Visit the Information Booth located inside Hall B 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.

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.

2017 parking information coming soon.

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 5, 2016. Runners that use the open registration option can 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, scroll down to your preferred charity, click on their logo, then select  “Become a Fundraiser” . Enter your information to complete the process and create your fundraising page. PLEASE NOTE: Building a Fundraising page DOES NOT enter you into any race.

Absolutely!  Simply go to the Run for a Reason tab, scroll down to your preferred charity, click on thier logo then select “Become a Fundraiser”. Enter your information to complete the process and create your fundraising page.

Yes!  Companies, organizations and groups that would like to support an official charity through the Run for a Reason program can do so via our Corporate Sidewalk Squad 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 Run for a Reason official charities.

Click here for more information about our Sidewalk Squad Corporate donor program.

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 shuttle service is offered to/from either airport.