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Texas > Holiday Half Marathon & 5K at Moody Gardens
Galveston, TX  •  Sunday, November 24, 2013  •  Course Map

Set for its 2nd annual running on the weekend before Thanksgiving in November 2013 -- which coincides with the annual Festival of Lights displays at Moody Gardens leading up to the Christmas holidays -- the all-new Holiday Half Marathon at Moody Gardens also features a Saturday family fun walk in addition to its 13.1-mile run and 5K on Sunday.

The race is set to follow a double-loop course along the fast, flat streets of Galveston Island, through the resort and amusement park area known as Moody Gardens, which features a golf course, resort hotel and spa in addition to ample attractions for kids like its Discovery Museum, Palm Beach, aquarium and Rainforest Pyramid, which houses a wide variety of exotic species of plants and animals collected from rain forests around the world.

Runners will start and finish the out-and-back course for the race on the grounds of the resort, and follow it twice as it winds around the roads and into portions of nearby Scholes International Airport. Thanks to its location on an island on the Gulf of Mexico, entrants can count on a fast and flat course for virtually the entire race, a nice feature if you're looking to set a personal record time.

For runners who don't feel up to running 13.1 miles on their own, the race also offers a relay race for the half marathon. See the race website for more details.

Race Weather & Climate

Located on Galveston Island on the Texas Gulf coast, about 50 miles southeast of downtown Houston, Galveston typically sees November temperatures that average between 59°F and 71°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.6 inches for the month.

On the day of the race (Nov. 24), the average low is 57°F and the average high is 69°F.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Holiday Half Marathon

Starting Time

8:00 AM


$65 for the half marathon, if registered before July 1, 2013
$75 between July 1 - October 31
$85 between November 1 - 24


To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of Galveston's Holiday Half Marathon at Moody Gardens, register online at the event website.

Official Race Website


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