How to Watch
Tune in to ABC-13 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to catch live coverage of the Chevron Houston Marathon and companion Aramco Houston Half Marathon and 5K, and then again at 10:35 p.m. to see a race day recap special.
Streaming of the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will be available on:
Where to Watch
Top 10 Spots to watch the Marathon
The rush and excitement of the Chevron Houston Marathon would not be complete without the 250,000 cheering fans who line the course. Places within the first eight miles also provide a view of the Aramco Half Marathon participants.
And remember, runner bibs are personalized with their first name or nickname, so you can cheer them on as they pass by. Pitch a chair, park your cooler and cheer!
1. Start/Finish Line
The George R. Brown Convention Center is the hub of race day excitement both before the starting gun and after the winners break the finish line tape. From this vantage point, the true thrill of victory and agony of defeat can be seen up close and personal as runners start and complete the 26.2 mile course. Across the street, the We Are Houston RunFest, presented by Michelob Ultra, on Jones Lawn in Discovery Green is a great place to wait for your favorite runner and catch the action on the Jumbotron from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Finish – Front runners: 9:05 a.m.
The Pack: 11:00 a.m.
2. Mile 1-2: Washington Corridor
The Washington Corridor is a great option to see your favorite runner in the first few miles of the race. Located between miles one and two, it is a great spot to see the runners break away from each other as the pack spreads out.
Front runners: 7:05 a.m.
The Pack: 7:10 a.m.
3. Mile 4: W. Gray
Spectators can wait for the runners at the River Oaks Shopping Center, where coffee shops, restaurants and retail live alongside the historic River Oaks Theatre—the oldest working theater in the city.
Front runners: 7:20 a.m.
The Pack: 7:35 a.m.
4. Mile 5-6: Kirby
The perfect combination of residential, retail and scenery, the Kirby miles provide easy access to spectators wanting to cheer on the runners.
Front runners: 7:25 a.m.
The Pack: 7:45 a.m.
5. Mile 7: Bissonnet and Mandell
The last place to see runners in both the marathon and half marathon is at the corner of Bissonnet and Mandell, where runners either go straight for the half marathon route or take a right turn for the marathon.
Front runners: 7:35 a.m.
The Pack: 8:15 a.m.
6. Mile 8: Rice University
Just after the marathon and half marathon course split, marathon runners will run through the tree-lined streets near Rice University. Along with quaint shops and eateries, the surrounding area has many trails that are popular with local runners.
Front runners: 7:40 a.m.
The Pack: 8:20 a.m.
7. Mile 10: University Boulevard and the City of West University Place
In an area filled with upscale homes and some of Houston’s trendiest shops, “West U” residents turn out in large numbers to cheer on the runners. The entire community takes on a festive air with many holding block parties and other marathon-related social events.
Front runners: 7:50 a.m.
The Pack: 8:40 a.m.
8. Mile 15: Post Oak Blvd & Uptown
This Galleria neighborhood offers race spectators varied viewing points close to many shops and restaurants. Post Oak’s wide sidewalks and numerous street-level parking areas are great places to cheer on the runners.
Front Runners: 8:15 a.m.
The Pack: 9:30 a.m.
9. Mile 16: Tanglewood Boulevard
Leaving the Galleria area, runners will head down what may be the prettiest mile on the course – Tanglewood Boulevard. Runners will be greeted with banners, flags and cheering residents.
Front Runners: 8:20 a.m.
The Pack: 9:40 a.m.
10. Miles 20-21: Memorial Park
Memorial Park’s miles of beautiful jogging trails attract thousands of Houstonians daily. The Memorial Park area also is the site of every marathoner’s nemesis – the infamous wall. An invisible barrier at the 20-mile mark, the wall drains many runners’ physical, emotional and psychological will. Once over the wall, the marathon becomes a 6.2 mile race to the finish.
Front Runners: 8:40 a.m.
The Pack: 10:20 a.m.