Saturday, February 6, 2021 • Katy, TX • Course Map
Set for its fifth running in this small city of just over 14,000 residents about 30 minutes outside Houston, the Katy Half Marathon follows a USATF-certified route that starts and finishes at the Katy Mills shopping mall, and also features a half marathon relay, 5K and a half-mile “Kids K” race.
Runners start the half marathon near the southeast corner of the Katy Mills parking lots, and then head out onto 1 1/2 loops along Katy Mills Circle, the road that runs around the circumference of the shopping center. After that, runners turn left onto Katy Mills Boulevard, and from there head up to the Frontage Road that parallels Interstate 10.
The first few miles feature very gently rolling hills, but after runners pass the mile 4 marker along the I-10 Front Road, the course begins a long, gradual downhill slope for the next five miles. This stretch heads into mostly residential neighborhoods along Katy Fort Bend Road, Kingsland Boulevard, Roesner Road, Bay Hill Boulevard, Falcon Landing Boulevard and Westheimer Parkway.
The last three miles or so of the race unfold along a very gradual uphill, along Westheimer Parkway, Pin Oak Road, a brief stretch on Katy Mills Parkway and then a final stretch on Kingsland Boulevard before turning back in to the road leading into the shopping mall, where runners cross the finish line back where they started.
Organizers say they plan to have hydration stations — stocked with water and Gatorade Endurance Formula — about ever 1.5 miles, beginning around the mile 2 marker. Runners in the half marathon will have a course time limit of about 3 hours, 15 minutes, which means they’ll need to keep a pace of 15 minutes per mile or faster.
Race Weather & Climate
Located within the Houston, Texas metropolitan area, about 29 miles west of that city’s downtown, Katy typically sees February temperatures between 45ºF and 66ºF, and its driest month of the year during the month with just under 3 inches of rainfall on average.
On the day of the race (Feb. 6), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 64ºF.
- 2020 Katy Half Marathon Results
- 2019 Katy Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Katy Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Katy Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Katy Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Katy Half Marathon Results
- $50 – $60 for the virtual half marathon
- $30 – $40 for the virtual 5K
- $25 – $27.50 for the kids K
To reserve your spot in the late winter 2021 running of the Katy Half Marathon, Relay or 5K race, register online at RunSignup.com here.
Official Race Website
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