Updated: Oct. 5, 2020

2021 Houston Marathon Weekend of Events to be Held Virtually

Participants will have various registrations option including a unique virtual experience

Houston (Oct. 5, 2020) – In response to the ongoing public health concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Houston Marathon Committee (HMC) announced today that the 49th annual Chevron Houston Marathon and 20th annual Aramco Houston Half Marathon will be held as part of the 2021 Virtual Houston Marathon Running Events.

“The decision to cancel the 2021 Chevron Houston Marathon is incredibly disappointing for everyone, but it is the right course to follow because of the pandemic,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “I know thousands of people from all over the world have trained for this race all year, and they were looking forward to qualifying for other races or beating their personal bests. They can still do that virtually. While the experience may not be the same, know that Houston will be cheering for the participants’ every mile. We are a resilient city, and we are proud of the Houston Marathon.”

The Houston Marathon Committee has been working closely with city and state officials over the past months to align preparations with current guidelines and any foreseeable future framework that may be in place at the time of the event. After thorough review and discussion, HMC in conjunction with these partners have determined to make the difficult decision to transition the traditional in-person events to virtual at this time.

“At this time, we recognize that there are many unknowns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the safety and well-being of our runners, volunteers, partners, spectators and local Houston community will always be our top priority,” said Wade Morehead, Executive Director of the Houston Marathon Committee. “While we are unable to celebrate the 2021 event together in the heart of Downtown Houston, we will be cheering for our runners around the world as they participate in a unique virtual race experience, embracing the incredible spirit of our RunHOU community.”

All participants who are currently registered for the 2021 event will be able to opt for the unique 2021 virtual race experience which includes a discounted registration for the Chevron Houston Marathon 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2022; defer their entry to one of the following two years (2022 or 2023); or donate their entry to the 501 c(4) non-profit organization, the Houston Marathon Committee. Participants currently registered for the 2021 Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon or the We Are Houston 5K presented by Aramco and Chevron will receive detailed email instructions on how to complete their registration selection.

2021 Virtual Houston Marathon Running Events – The 2021 virtual event experience will take place over the span of ten days, where runners will have the option to complete their race distance anywhere and anytime between Jan. 8 – 17, 2021. All virtual participants will receive a participant box pre-race filled with sponsor gifts and messages to help them cross the finish line. Finisher items will be mailed post-race within two weeks of Jan. 17, to participants who submit their completed race distance timing information via their participant account.

Registration for the 2021 Virtual Houston Marathon Running Events is currently open. Runners can commit to their goals and register for their 2021 virtual Houston experience at the following link: bit.ly/2021virtualhoustonmarathon

View the 2021 Virtual FAQ here.


Updated: Sept. 10, 2020

In light of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s announcement on Sept. 9, we wanted to remind you that we are working closely with city and state officials to align our preparations with current guidelines and any foreseeable future framework that may be in place at the time of our event. We promise to share race weekend decisions with our runners as soon as possible.


The Houston Marathon Committee (HMC) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its participants, volunteers, spectators, exhibitors, event partners and staff. The HMC is proud to be a part of Houston Clean, which includes Houston venues, sports teams, special events and management groups, to suggest health and safety guidelines for each of these groups.

The official health and safety guidelines for the 2021 Houston Marathon Weekend of Events will be posted at a later date.



Houston’s Hospitality Community Launches ‘HOUSTON CLEAN’

Community-Wide Standards & Protocols Establish Commitment to
Health & Safety

HOUSTON (Aug. 6, 2020) – The Houston Venues & Events Task Force along with the hospitality, tourism and transportation industries are committed to the health and safety of residents and visitors. As the area prepares to safely reopen, industry partners have joined together to form Houston Clean, a campaign aimed to help guests easily identify safety measures in place to protect both patrons and associates.

Houston Clean (www.HoustonClean.com) unifies the individual efforts of businesses to present consistent operating guidelines to visitors. These guidelines serve as a baseline commitment to practice recommended health safety protocols in alignment with orders issued by federal, state and local officials, as well as the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

“The Houston Clean initiative marks a significant step in addressing safety concerns related to the COVID-19 crisis. The community-wide effort from our greater hospitality industry partners is a long-term commitment not to ‘return to business as usual’, but instead to bring forth a more resilient community,” Mayor Sylvester Turner.

“We are excited to welcome fans back into our various venues and events when it’s safe to do so and visitors back to Houston.  We want them to feel confident that our hospitality partners have taken every precaution to ensure a safe and healthy stay,” David Mincberg, Houston First Chair. “This pledge unites our community around a clear benchmark for health safety standards, which is our first priority.”

Each participating business and event has developed or is currently developing its individual reopening plans utilizing Houston Clean guidelines as a baseline. The Houston Clean logo can be found on all participating partner websites, and can also be found on business listings on VisitHouston.com. If a business is identified with the Houston Clean logo, it means the business has taken the pledge, which includes a commitment to the safety and well-being of their visitors, workforce, and community.

The various industry task forces are outlined below.

Houston Clean, Venues & Events Task Force includes:


  • Alley Theatre
  • BBVA Stadium
  • George R. Brown Convention Center
  • Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
  • Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
  • Miller Outdoor Theatre
  • Minute Maid Park
  • NRG Park
  • Toyota Center
  • Wortham Theater Center


  • Houston Astros
  • Houston Dynamo & Dash
  • Houston Rockets
  • Houston Texans


  • Comicpalooza
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™
  • Houston Marathon Committee
  • Mayor’s Office of Special Events


  • Downtown District
  • Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Harris County-Houston Sports Authority
  • Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation
  • Houston First Corporation


Houston Clean Hotels Task Force was developed in association with the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston.

Houston Clean Theaters Task Force was developed in association with the Theater District Houston.

Houston Clean Museums Task Force was developed in association with the Houston Museum District.


Houston Clean Airports Task Force is now fully integrated within the Airport System’s Fly Safe program.

The various task forces will continue to monitor changes from federal, state, and local authorities, industry guidance as well as the effectiveness of these guidelines and provide updates as needed.



2021 Event Update: Chevron Houston Marathon COVID-19 Update

Updated: July 10, 2020

For nearly 50 years, the Chevron Houston Marathon has been a celebrated running event in the heart of one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. We have welcomed all levels of runners from all across the globe. It is our commitment to you to continue providing the opportunity to find your finish line moment here in Houston for many years to come.

At this time, we are continuing to prepare for our events on January 15-17, 2021 with the understanding that the safety and well-being of our runners, volunteers, and spectators is our top priority. There are many external factors being considered and we are working to ensure our planning accounts for all measures necessary to hold a safe event. These efforts include working with city and state officials to align our preparations with current guidelines and any foreseeable future framework that may be in place at the time of our event.

We are currently communicating with these partners and we remain optimistic for a January event, recognizing that the current situation is fluid and we need to remain flexible. We also recognize these partners’ primary focus at this time is on the health and safety of the community and must allow for them to focus on current matters at hand.

We know this uncertainty may cause reservation in securing your spot on the start line for 2021 but we want to express our commitment is and always has been to our runners. We promise to be transparent and share race weekend decisions with you as soon as possible. We are working to provide you with options outside of our standard event policies should the event be forced to cancel due to COVID-19 related concerns.

With that in mind, we are instituting a Registration Guarantee* for all registrants of the 2021 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. This guarantee means if the 2021 Chevron Houston Marathon is unable to be conducted for any reason related to the COVID-19 public health crisis, all registrants will receive one FREE deferred entry for the equivalent race distance to be used in one of the following two years (2022 or 2023). Should the We Are Houston 5K also be unable to be conducted for any COVID-19 public health reasons, options will be provided to all registrants at that time.

Should additional circumstances arise prohibiting the 2021 event to proceed as planned, our commitment to you is that we will work to inform you of those decisions as quickly as possible and provide you with additional registration options at that time.

We look forward to celebrating each of your running victories with you at the finish line. Until then, we encourage you to stay safe, stay inspired and keep running HOU!

If you are a Run for a Reason Charity Runner please contact rfar@houstonmarathon.com for specific questions regarding your registration.