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Race Experience Spotlight: Post-Race Services

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After months of preparation and vigorous training, you run your race and collect your medal, but what’s next? Let us take you through the post-race services we provide to make your race recovery stress-free.

As you enter the George R. Brown Convention Center from the finish line, you will be handed a bottle of water and a banana. Keep moving through the entry chute into the building so the area does not become congested. We ask that you not stand here to wait for friends and family running the race and our volunteers will encourage you to keep moving through. If you would like to wait for other runners near the entry, there is an excellent viewing area along the outside of the entry chute.

As you enter the hall, you will enter the Finisher Photo Area, provided by MarathonFoto. MarathonFoto staff will be available to direct you to available photo spots and snap your finisher photos. As you exit the Finisher Photo Area, you will see our Finisher’s Merchandise Area and Double Medal distribution area straight ahead on the back side of the building.

The Finisher Merchandise area is your first stop so you can collect your Skechers finisher’s shirt and glass mugs for marathon finishers.  To collect your item(s) you will tear off the Finisher Shirt tag on your bib and hand it to a volunteer. If you cannot contain the excitement of putting on your finisher’s shirt, there is a changing area adjacent to this area as well as behind Gear Check in Hall B. If you would like to exchange your shirt for a different size you can head over to the Skechers T-Shirt Exchange area just outside of the Finisher Merchandise Area. And don’t forget to stop by the Houston Double Medal Distribution if you ran the 5K on Saturday and need to pick up your Double Medal! MarathonFoto will also be here to take your photo with both medals!

Once you pick up your shirt you will move down the hall to Gear Check. First is Marathon Gear Check, followed by Half Marathon Gear Check. You will pick up your gear check bag based on your race bib number. When you get to the front of the line you will remove your gear check tag from your bib and hand it to a volunteer who will retrieve your bag. Once you are given your bag, please move out of the Gear Check area so that other runners may collect their bags.

Across from Gear Check you will find the H-E-B Food Court. When entering the Food Court you will have the opportunity to take another banana and there will be compost stations set up throughout the line to dispose of your banana peel. Free post-race refreshments and a hot, fresh meal provided by H-E-B are available inside the Food Court for all race participants. Breakfast includes eggs, sausage, cookies, bananas, yogurt, coffee, hot chocolate, sodas and water. You will give the “food” ticket from the bottom of your race bib to a designated volunteer when entering the Food Court. New for this year, refreshments will be available inside both the food lines and then again within the main seating area., so you’ll have more opportunities to recharge. You will also be able to access the offerings available at the H-E-B Patio from inside the Food Court this year.

The H-E-B Patio is connected to the Food Court and is available for you to rest and stretch while enjoying your food and drinks. If you would like to sit on the floor to stretch we encourage you to use this area which is sheltered from the main walkway. The H-E-B Patio is also where you will find cookies, H-E-B ice cream, and fruit. Whether you enjoy your post-race food and drink in the Food Court seating area or at the H-E-B Patio, remember to recycle your leftover food, plastic cups, and utensils. Volunteers will be available to assist and educate you on the Houston Marathon Committee’s Green Initiative.

After you have collected your finisher’s shirt and gear check bag, and enjoyed your hot meal provided by H-E-B, you will exit the secured runner’s only zone to the Reunion Area. We encourage you to use the Reunion Area in Halls C and D of the George R. Brown to designate a place to meet your family and friends after the race. The Reunion Area is open to the public and will be designated by suspended banners with letters of the alphabet (A-C, D-G, H-L, M-P, Q-S, T-Z). Don’t forget to stop by the Skechers Merchandise booth in Hall C for some branded Chevron Houston Marathon apparel and the Fond Memory Graphics table to have your medal engraved. Once you have reunited with your family and friends, head out to the We Are Houston RunFest in Discovery Green Park for a free celebration of your accomplishment while enjoying refreshments, beverages and music!

2 Comments

  1. Dee Dee Lincoln December 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Is the race on the 13th or 19th. I keep seeing both dates!

  2. houstonmarathonmedia December 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    The race is on January 19, 2014.

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