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Houston Marathon

Houston, TX


Race Dates

2018: Sunday, January 14, 2018
2017: Sunday, January 15, 2017

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

2017: 7,109 Finishers
2016: 7,804 Finishers
2015: 7,004 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 6.7%
2016: 11.6%
2015: 9.8%

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 2015.

This year 6.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Houston Marathon the 155th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 9th highest percentage so far in 2017.


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 67th 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)

Houston




Ratings & Reviews for the Houston Marathon

4.7 Stars from 7 Reviews



review of 2017 Houston Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

Houston is a great course. Flat and Fast, if the weather is cool! Be wear of the humidity. This year the humidity was 96% at the start and the temperature was 65 degrees, which was tough for anyone who didn't do their training in Texas. However, in 2016 the conditions were great and the temperature at the start was 45.

Race Tips

I ran this race in 2016 and 2017, both times I started with the 8:00/mile pace group. In 2016, the paces were so great! We ran exactly 8:00/mile for the first 12 miles. I fell back after that, so I'm not sure what pace they ran the rest of the time. In 2017, I started with the 8:00/mile pace group and the first mile we ran a 7:45. I knew this was too fast for me, so I immediately dropped off. I saw a picture of my pacer from mile 23 and he was all alone, so I guess the weather + faster than expected start made it so no one could keep up.

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

I took an uber from midtown to and from the race and it was less than $10 each way. I found this to be much easier than trying to find a parking spot downtown. If you do drive, the garage right next to the convention center is fairly large. The Convention center opens at 5:30 am, and it's great that there is a large indoor waiting area! The race start is at least half a mile (maybe a mile by the time you get to the real start line, and not just the corral entrance) from the convention center and the corrals are huge, so be sure to leave the convention center about 20-30 minutes before your corral closes to be sure you have time to get to the corral without running and to find your pace group.



review of 2016 Houston Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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

Review

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 2016 Houston Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great race. Well organized. Nice flat course. Perfect weather in 2016.

Race Tips


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




review of 2014 Houston Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips


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




review of 2012 Houston Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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.



review of 2010 Houston Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Well organized, hard to lose course, lots of spectators, flat, and usually cool. Hot meal including habanero sauce to wake you up.

Race Tips

Don't be late heading to the corrals. Corrals close at certain times and bathroom lines may be long in corrals.

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




Finish Time Equivalent

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