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Houston Marathon

Houston, TX

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, January 15, 2017
2016: Sunday, January 17, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 52°F (11°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.45
Course Score: 99.45

Race Size

2016: 7,804 Finishers
2015: 7,004 Finishers
2014: 6,945 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 11.6%
2015: 9.8%
2014: 8.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Houston Marathon is a fast, flat, single-loop course with just a few elevation changes - mainly uderpasses and overpasses. Less than 40 feet of elevation separate the high and low points of the course.

Marathon Rankings

The Houston Marathon was the 10th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 10th largest in 2014.

This year 11.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Houston Marathon the 199th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 144th highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.45 ranks it as the 101st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 7th fastest course in Texas.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Houston Marathon a PR Score of 99.45. This PR Score ranks it as the 66th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Texas.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 68 feet (20m)
Min Elevation: 27 feet (8m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Houston Marathon

4.8 Stars from 4 Reviews

review of 2016 Houston Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great course. Nice and flat. The city supports the race well too. Great weather for me in 2014 and again in 2016.

Race Tips

Water breaks are somewhat sporadically located. The organizers say every 1.5 miles, but that is not at all precise.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Hilton Americas was perfect. Right across the street from the expo and finish line. Easy walk to the starting line.

review of 2016 Houston Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


The race is very well organized. The weather was perfect. Nice meal provided after the race. Most impressive was the approximately 75-80 massage tables staffed and ready to give you a good massage! Very low wait time and free!

Race Tips

This "find my marathon" app does not have the updated elevation map. Therefore, do not count on an accurate comparison with other courses. The 2016 course is fairly flat for the first 11 miles or so, but it is not flat for the last 15 miles. Look at the elevation chart on the race website instead of this app. While the course does not have extremely steep hills, it does have several hills.

From FindMyMarathon: The elevation chart and course data on the site are for the 2016 Houston Marathon as submitted to the USATF and verified on the Houston Marathon website. The elevation charts may look different because the Houston Marathon website elevation chart utilizes a scale of 200' while we utilize a scale of 700'. We use a 700' scale in order for users to directly compare 95% of the marathons using the same scale on the site. Thanks.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2014 Houston Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2012 Houston Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Flat fast course one can PR on if you are ready. Not very scenic but Houston isn't very scenic. Get to stay warm inside the convention center before the race. Have Potties within the corrals, nice touch. Excellent water stops that are set up exactly the same every stop!

Race Tips

In 2012 we had a cool morning and it was high 60's by noon. There's no shade to speak of so if it was warm and sunny you'd get no break.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There are lot's of city parking garages nearby but I got to race early and actually found free street parking.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Houston Marathon in 3:59:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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