Texas > Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Half Marathon
Houston, TX • Sunday, January 13, 2013 • Course Map
Appropriately enough for the city that's synonymous with big oil, the
Houston Marathon & Half Marathon enjoys the sponsorship of
and Aramco and draws a Texas-sized field of about 18,000 runners and a
couple hundred thousand spectators every year, for a race that takes
those running in both the half and the full marathons along a fast and
flat course that's been called one of the nation's "fastest winter
marathons" by the editors of the Ultimate Guide to Marathons.
The course for the half marathon starts separately from the full, in
front of Minute Maid Park -- the home of Major League Baseball's
Houston Astros -- and meets up with the full marathon course by the
second mile marker. From the start on Texas & Crawford Streets,
the course takes runners northward along Elysian and Hardy Streets
for the first two miles, and turns left onto Quitman for the next two
miles, as Quitman becomes White Oak Drive.
Runners follow White Oak as it curves through a series of city parks,
including White Oak Park, Hogg Park and Stude Park, before turning
north onto Michaux Street and then again on East 11th Street at the
5-mile marker. The course's few rollling hills occur in this part of
the race, as well as a few in the middle of the second half of the
course. After a brief stretch along 11th, the course turns south
again on Studewood, and takes runners on a long straightaway southward
for the next four miles.
When they reach the corner of Montrose and Richmond Street, runners
make a quick turn and run northward back up along Montrose toward the
Allen Parkway, which skirts along the southern edge of Sabine Park and
Sam Houston Park. The last mile and a half of the race includes two
last turns on Milam Street and Rusk Street, which takes runners all
the way to the finish line in front of Houston's George R. Brown
Those running the half marathon will have four hours to complete the
course, which means at least a pace of 13:45 minutes per mile over the
first nine miles of the race, organizers add. Walkers are welcome to
participate in the half, provided they can keep enough of a pace to
finish in four hours.
Weather & Climate
Known for its hot and humid weather for much of the rest of the year,
Houston enjoys generally cooler conditions in the wintertime, and
typically sees ample rainfall throughout the year. In January, the
city's average monthly temperatures range between 63°F and
45°F, while rainfall totals average around 4.25 inches for the
month. On the day of the race (Jan. 13), the average high is 63°F and the average low is 45°F.
View the race route map for the Aramco Houston Half Marathon
To register for the lottery for the winter 2013 running of the Chevron Houston Marathon or Aramco Houston Half Marathon, register online at MarathonGuide.com.
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