Sunday, October 25, 2020 • Houston, TX • Course Map
One of the state’s more popular half-marathon races, the Houston Half Marathon & 10K is organized by the Houston Striders running club and usually draws more than 2,500 runners in both the individual race and the relay combined each year.
Run along a tight loop course in the shadow of Houston’s downtown skyscrapers, the race starts and finishes on the edge of Sam Houston Park and features long stretches along the Buffalo Bayou, the main waterway that flows through the center of the city.
In contrast with many other road races that follow sprawling, circuitous routes through their home cities, this race’s loop course is run within a fairly confined area, and runners complete an out-and-back loop before reaching the finish line back at the park. The course time limits is 4 hours, which means runners will need to keep a pace of 18 minutes or better.
The race starts on Lamar St. and turns left onto Travis St. for the first mile of the race. Then runners take Smith St. up to Allen Parkway which they will stay on for the next few miles of the course. Most of the race is run on two main downtown streets, Allen Parkway, the outward leg of along the water, and Memorial Drive.
Runners encounter few hills along this mostly fast and flat course, though there are a few gradual uphill and downhill stretches. All of the race is run over paved surfaces, and there is a four-hour time limit for those running in the individual and the relay.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the Texas Gulf coast, about 200 miles east of San Antonio and roughly 240 miles southeast of Dallas, Houston typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in October, the city’s second-rainiest month of the year. Record temperatures during the month are a record low of 33°F (in 1993) and a record high of 96°F (in 1962).
On race day (Oct. 25), the average low is 58ºF and the average high is 78ºF.
- 2019 Houston Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Houston Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Houston Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Houston Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Houston Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Houston Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Houston Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Houston Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – half marathon
- 7:30 AM – 10K
- $60 for the half marathon
- $35 for the 10K
- price subject to increase as race day approaches
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Houston Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at RaceRoster.com here.
Official Race Website
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