2017 Marathon and Half Marathon Registration Information

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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 ENTRY CATEGORIESThe following describes the categories that allow a runner to register during the guaranteed entry period in May and secure their spot into the 2017 events.

Time Qualifiers

Runners may register for a guaranteed entry, during the May registration period, in either the marathon or half marathon races, if they have a qualifying time. All time standards are listed below and must comply with the following rules.

  • Runners may use an official 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. To add a qualifying time to your previously completed registration or to update your qualifying race time on a previously completed registration, please click here.
  • All time standards based on official submitted net time.
  • All qualifying times must be completed in a road race (track times and triathlon times will not be accepted).
  • Qualifying races must be a USATF or (foreign equivalent) 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.
  • In addition to early registration, all participants interested in a Corral “A” assignment must also complete the Corral “A” application section on their registration form to be considered for preferential seeding.
  • 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 open time standards are as follows:

Marathon Half Marathon 10K
4:00:00 1:52:55 0:51:08


In addition, runners who are 65+ may qualify with the following age graded qualifying times:

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

5+ Houston Marathon Finishes:
Runners who have completed 5 or more Houston Marathons qualify to register for a guaranteed marathon entry during the guaranteed entry period in May. Guaranteed entry is eligible for the marathon only.

5+ Houston Half Marathon Finishes:
Runners who have completed 5 or more Houston Half Marathons qualify to register for a guaranteed half marathon entry during the guaranteed entry period in May. Guaranteed entry is eligible for the half marathon only.

Marathon or Half Marathon Legacy:
Runners who have completed 10+ Houston Marathons or 10+ Half Marathons exclusively qualify to register for a guaranteed entry in either the marathon or half marathon until November 1, 2016.

Deferred 2017 Registrants:
Runners who officially deferred their 2016 race registration qualify to register for a guaranteed entry in either the marathon or half marathon during the guaranteed entry period in May. If you do not register during this period, you will be required to register during open registration beginning June 1. No code is required.

Members Designated by HARRA:
HARRA has a limited number of guaranteed entries available to be used during the guaranteed entry period in May. Please contact HARRA directly to inquire about these race entries (marathon entries only)

HERO Charity Registrants:
A HERO entry is a charity registration that secures your entry into the 2017 events.  A HERO entry includes a one time $350 tax-deductible donation (plus the marathon or half marathon registration entry fee) to one of the official Run for a Reason charities.   HERO runners receive a guaranteed entry, custom back bib, tech cap, pass for pre-race private indoor restrooms, and much more!  

Registration Changes and Updates

Once you have registered for the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon or Aramco Houston Half Marathon you may make changes to your registration including switching your race between the marathon and half marathon or down to the 5K, updating information on your registration form and deferring your entry to the next year if you are unable to participate.

To SWITCH your race between the marathon and half marathon or to switch to down to the 5K, click here.

To UPDATE your participant information on your registration form, click here.

To DEFER your entry to 2018, click here.

2017 5K Registration Information

ABB 5K registration is available during early (January) and guaranteed (May) registration for the marathon and half marathon as an “add-on” option. ABB 5K stand-alone registration will be available beginning June 1.

Please see the price structure below.

$25 Add-on Price when registering for the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon
$30 June 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016
$35 October 1, 2016 – January 12, 2017
$40 At EXPO *if available

Houston Double

All runners who finish the 2016 ABB 5K and Chevron Houston Marathon or Aramco Houston Half Marathon will get THREE finisher medals!

Number of Participants

The 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon has a protected cap of 27,000 participants. Of the 27,000-participant field, 13,500 entries are reserved for the marathon and 13,500 for the half marathon.

The 2017 ABB 5K has a cap of 6,000 participants.

Time Limit

The time limit for completing the marathon is six hours and the course will open on a rolling schedule based on a 13:45 per mile pace.

The time limit for completing the half marathon is four hours. Since the marathon and half marathon share part of the course on race day, the half marathon course will open on a rolling schedule based on a 13:45 per mile pace for the first 8-9 miles. The remaining miles must be completed within the final 2 hours of the time limit.

The time limit for completing the 5K is 1 1/2 hours.

Entry Requirements

Participants must be at least 12 years old on race day to register for the marathon and 7 years old on race day to register for the half marathon.

Participants must be at least 7 years old on race day to register for 5K.

Wheelchair, Handcycle and Duo Policy

Please click here for the 2016 Wheelchair, Handcycle and Duo Policy. Registration for the wheelchair, handcycle and duo divisions is closed. 2017 policy to be added May 1.