Safety is our top priority. The HMC works closely with local public safety agencies to provide a safe and secure event. Please see the important information below from our race officials.
PACKET PICK-UP: All runners must have a valid, government-issued photo ID to pick up their packets. If picking up for a friend, you will need a signed copy of their final confirmation along with an electronic or printed copy of their government-issued photo ID. A photo ID is not required for children 17 and under.
BAGGAGE INSPECTION: On race weekend, all bags and items may be subject to search. To expedite longer lines and avoid possible bag searches throughout race weekend, the HMC strongly discourages bringing any type of backpacks or large bags other than the race-issued clear Gear Check Bag.
GEAR CHECK: Clear Gear Check Bags will be provided to all registered runners at Packet Pick-Up in the EXPO. Runners may check the clear Gear Check bag in the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB) on Race Day. Clear bags containing other bags will not be accepted.
START CORRALS: No bags of any kind will be allowed in the start line corrals or on the course. ‘Camelbacks’ or other similar hydration systems are allowed.
RUNNING ETIQUETTE: Be considerate of those around you. Do not run in groups of more than three abreast. Do not stop abruptly for any reason without being aware of your surroundings. The wearing of headphones is discouraged, but if you are wearing headphones, be sure you can hear what is going on around you and be aware that emergency vehicles may be on the course at any time.
COURSE TIME LIMITS: Participants are not allowed on the course after the streets are reopened to vehicular traffic. If you fall behind the pace, you will be asked by Houston Police Department to take race-provided transportation to the finish area.
MOBILE DEVICES: Do not stop to take photographs on the race course or on the finish line. The use of selfie sticks is prohibited for your safety and the safety of those around you.
MEDICAL EMERGENCIES: If you see a runner in distress, offer assistance and alert the nearest race official. If the situation appears to be urgent, call 911. Visit our website to learn about Hands-Only CPR and how you can help save a life!
SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING: If you see suspicious behavior, make the call. Notify a race official, uniformed official or call 911.
ESSENTIAL EVENT RESOURCES:
To receive important race updates and information in case of an emergency:
Twitter Handle: @HoustonMarathon
- Visit the HoustonMarathon.com website.
- Tune to Channel 13 (ABC13) or espn3.com on race day from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
- Visit abc13.com on race day beginning at 7:00 a.m. to watch a live stream of the elite race and the finish line cameras.
In case of emergency, the above resources will be the best places to receive the latest information about the events.