Houston Marathon Committee, Inc.

FAQ

The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

The We Are Houston 5K will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Click here for 2019 Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and We Are Houston 5K.

All Houston Marathon Committee event fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event you are unable to participate, for any reason, you will not receive a refund.

Time Qualifiers

Runners may receive a guaranteed entry in either the marathon or half marathon races, if they have a qualifying time.

Deadline: March 31, 2018

All registered runners can add a verified time to their participant account until Nov. 30, 2018.

All time standards are listed below and must comply with the following rules.

  • You must add a qualifying time during registration.
  • Only the distances included above will be accepted.
  • Time must have been run on or after January 1, 2017.
  • All submissions will be reviewed and verified.
  • Verification will be based on official chip time.
  • Road race times only; no track times or triathlon times will be accepted.
  • Race must be a USATF or foreign equivalent certified course with online race results.
  • You may use a qualifying time to apply for front corral seeding (Corral “A”); time must be equal to or faster than the OPEN time standards listed below.
  • Qualifying times are based upon each athlete’s age on the date of the 2019 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon.
Qualifying Time Standards for Guaranteed Entry
Gender Age Group Marathon Half Marathon 10K
Male & Female OPEN (all ages)* 4:00:00 1:52:55 0:51:08
Age Graded Time Standards for Guaranteed Entry
Age graded standards do not qualify runners for Corral “A”
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

*Time standard also qualifies runner for Corral “A” assignment.

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. Information and guidelines for 2019 Athletes with Disabilities registration is coming soon.

 

No, we do not have a waitlist.

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:
Coming soon

Any participant who runs a race other than the one for which he or she is registered will be disqualified and will not be scored.

If you are a registered marathon or half marathon participant and are unable to participate in 2019 for any reason, you may defer your race registration.  You may do so on your participant account during the deferral period. Submission of deferral in the participant account forfeits your 2019 race registration and guarantees an entry into the 2019 race of your choice.

You will not receive a refund for 2019 and will be required to pay for your race entry in 2019.

You will NOT be automatically entered into the 2020 race; you must complete the online registration form during the January or May registration periods.

No, the Houston Marathon does not allow the transfer of registrations.

Registered runners who give their bib to another person and the person to whom the bib is given will be disqualified and prohibited from participating in subsequent Houston Marathon events for a minimum of two years.

If a participant is caught cheating, they will be disqualified and prohibited from participating in Houston Marathon events for a minimum of 2 years.

Coming Soon

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. 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 We Are Houston 5K on January 19, 2019.

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 or electronic 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.

You will be notified of your corral assignment via email in mid-December.

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. A confirmation reprint will also be available on our website in early January, if you do not receive the email.

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.

All runners should report to the start line by 6:30 a.m. The marathon and half marathon athletes with disabilities start is at 6:45 a.m. The remaining marathon and half marathon participants will start at 7:00 a.m.

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.

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 during packet pick-up at the EXPO. This clear gear check bag is the ONLY bag you may check before the race. 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.

Yes, we do offer pacers for the marathon. The Skechers Performance Pace Team is a group of runners who run together during the Chevron Houston Marathon. They share the same finish time goal (from 3 hrs to 6 hrs) and help one another stay on pace.

We do not have a pace team specific to the half marathon, but 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.

For more information, please click here.

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 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 approximately every other mile beginning at mile 5, and every mile from mile 19 to the finish.

Port-a-cans are located following every refueling station.

 

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: weapons of any kind, including firearms, 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. Wheelchair, handcycle and duo athletes must wear helmets.

Click here for a complete list of prohibited items from the 2018 events. 2019 information will be posted soon. Course officials reserve the right to remove any runner for violations of this policy.

The HMC discourages the use of headphones. 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 (half marathon & 5K only), 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+.

To qualify as an award category, there must be at least three participants registered.

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.

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.

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 We Are Houston 5K.  Money raised through the Run for a Reason program goes to the official charities.

Runners 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.

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.

HERO entry:  $350, plus the registration fee.

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

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.

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.