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Overall Rating (45 Reviews)
4.6
(45 Ratings)  (45 Reviews)
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The Houston Marathon Committee annually organizes the nation’s premier winter marathon, half-marathon, and 5K. Over 250,000 participants, volunteers and spectators make Chevron Houston Marathon Race Day the largest single-day sporting event in Houston. Race weekend events include: Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, We Are Houston 5K, and the … MORE
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    jen_omeara FIRST-TIMER '22

    This is a perfect PR race: Typically cool weather Flat course Absolutely superb organization Wonderful pacers The loop course makes this relatively convenient from a logistics standpoint, and there are … MORE

    This is a perfect PR race:
    Typically cool weather
    Flat course
    Absolutely superb organization
    Wonderful pacers

    The loop course makes this relatively convenient from a logistics standpoint, and there are lots of accommodation options in Houston.

    This was my first marathon, and I’m glad I chose this race.

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    alkathryn FIRST-TIMER '22

    Houston is amazing. I am biased because this is my hometown, and I flew home to run this as my very first full. As expected I was not disappointed. I've … MORE

    Houston is amazing. I am biased because this is my hometown, and I flew home to run this as my very first full. As expected I was not disappointed. I’ve always heard “if you run Houston as your first full, prepared to be disappointed by all others.” It was amazing. The crowd is simply incredible, even though it was in the 30s (which is very cold for most Texans), there was still enormous crowd support. Everything was organized perfectly from expo to race day to after party. The course is about as flat as it gets at sea level, with one little overpass at mile 12. Great volunteers and aid stations. The course went through some of the more beautiful parts of Houston. It is held on Martin Luther King weekend most years, and the entire downtown literally shuts down in support of the race. Make sure to get some Texas BBQ and texmex while you’re in town and enjoy the city. I can’t speak highly enough about it!

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    donknox REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The Houston Marathon is a truly wonderful event. Coming out of the COVID lockdowns - I thought they did a great job and the Expo was very nice. The 5k … MORE

    The Houston Marathon is a truly wonderful event. Coming out of the COVID lockdowns – I thought they did a great job and the Expo was very nice. The 5k the day before was picture perfect and marathon days was great as well. The course is mostly flat and this was my 4th time running. I twisted my ankle the night before so it was a painful run for me – I was expecting to run it about 30 minutes faster than I did run it. I BQ’d here in 2019 (the ill-fated 2020 Boston entry that never happened). This is a fast course with thousands of spectators along the course (that is what gives the scenery 5 shoes). Ample water stops and volunteers. Houston goes all out for this run and it is appreciated. Will run the weekend series again in 2023 -already signed up!

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    mpmateja REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Well run, city supported event. Scenery is just the Houston streets. Largely attended event. Parking can be difficult. The expo is always amazing, and the volunteers are 1nd to none. … MORE

    Well run, city supported event. Scenery is just the Houston streets. Largely attended event. Parking can be difficult. The expo is always amazing, and the
    volunteers are 1nd to none. Swag is minimal, and the finisher’s shirts are always disappointing, varying by size year to year. With that being said, I’ll continue to participate seeing that it’s in my own backyard.

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    This was an incredible race, it was my first time in Houston. The community was incredible. The spectators, the volunteers are the best of any race I’ve done. The Memorial … MORE

    This was an incredible race, it was my first time in Houston. The community was incredible. The spectators, the volunteers are the best of any race I’ve done. The Memorial Park Tunnels were so magical, I would go back just to run through them again. The course is a fantastic choice for the marathon if you’re trying to run a PR. I won’t soon forget my marathon in Houston.

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    memories1113 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I can't say enough good things about this race. Everything was so well organized from picking up my bib to the start line and then the finish line. They really … MORE

    I can’t say enough good things about this race. Everything was so well organized from picking up my bib to the start line and then the finish line. They really kept the crowds going so you weren’t bottlenecked trying to get your medal or water after the race.
    The volunteers were wonderful and the crowd support was amazing!

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    venu.vegesana FIRST-TIMER '22

    Well Organized Race all days Lots of Volunteers and Space for 30k runners Great Swag and post race events Super Crowd and beautiful course MORE

    Well Organized Race all days
    Lots of Volunteers and Space for 30k runners
    Great Swag and post race events
    Super Crowd and beautiful course

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    shivampatels FIRST-TIMER '22

    The marathon was organized in a very well manner. hydration and toilet booth every 1.5 miles. people were so energetic and cheerful. I was very charged up. The medals for … MORE

    The marathon was organized in a very well manner. hydration and toilet booth every 1.5 miles. people were so energetic and cheerful. I was very charged up. The medals for 5k were really small but the actual half marathon medal was good. Expo was also good with awesome deals on shoes and running gears.

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    philparc REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Excellent race! I highly recommend it without hesitation! From the expo to the post race party, everything is so well organized and top notch! MORE

    Excellent race! I highly recommend it without hesitation! From the expo to the post race party, everything is so well organized and top notch!

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    donknox REPEAT RUNNER '20

    This was my third time running this even. Last year I ran a BQ. This year, with no pressure, I ran this as a long training run and just enjoyed … MORE

    This was my third time running this even. Last year I ran a BQ. This year, with no pressure, I ran this as a long training run and just enjoyed it. This is a relatively flat course. The course did change slightly from the first two times I ran it (2018 and 2019) . The people of Houston put on a fantastic event. The people at FleetFeet gave out beanies at Mile 7 – nice surprise at that water station! The neighborhood near Rice University is awesome. The residents there are out in full force and it is a long unofficial aid station and it was greatly appreciated. Will probably run it again. Love the finishers’ mugs but would like a long sleeved finishers’ shirt since it is a winter event. On the plus side – the organizers did change the finisher area and it was a lot less confusing!!!

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    runvirginia FIRST-TIMER '20

    I don't have much to add to others' reviews. I loved the size of the race--I was never lonely but only crowded a bit at the beginning (not a big … MORE

    I don’t have much to add to others’ reviews. I loved the size of the race–I was never lonely but only crowded a bit at the beginning (not a big deal–26 miles to find my pace).

    I loved the expo–I had time to kill and listened to talks about nutrition during the race and the mental aspect of the race which I found helpful. The race production was clearly experienced and I was a little worried I was too much a back of the packer for the field, but the race attracted not only elite runners (and the very skinny) but also people like me 🙂

    The volunteers were amazing, and so numerous. A lot of them had helpful comments (as opposed to ‘you’re almost there’ they said things like ‘nice pace, nice work, keep going). The fans (especially for the first 8 miles, with the halfers) were great, with many funny signs. It was cool that elite runners were on the same course (many hours before me). There were messages in lights on construction signs toward the end–“optimal conditions” as a reminder to go hard the whole way. There were weird bluetooth speakers around mile 21-24 playing the Rocky theme song on repeat (not a fan), Kanye West’s Stronger (a fan), and something in spanish. That was a bit weird for me, but I am nitpicking.

    I loved that there were kilometer markers for every km. Made it feel like time was moving. Plentiful water and Gatorade stops, two GU stops. Gorgeous weather, mostly flat course through beautiful neighborhoods, Rice U campus, few turns.

    I ran the fastest I have run in 2 years. I will wear my finisher shirt proudly. Thanks, Houston!

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    edge FIRST-TIMER '19

    Definitely run this race. Great production all around. Great course, weather, expo, post party, sponsors, and the whole nine yards. Everyone should take the chance if given the opportunity. MORE

    Definitely run this race. Great production all around. Great course, weather, expo, post party, sponsors, and the whole nine yards. Everyone should take the chance if given the opportunity.

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    cpwofford0990 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Nice and flat! I finally bagged a sub 4! The race offered several pace groups if you’re looking to hit a certain time. The expo was huge I could have … MORE

    Nice and flat! I finally bagged a sub 4! The race offered several pace groups if you’re looking to hit a certain time. The expo was huge I could have spent an entire afternoon there. The swag was awesome too not only do you get the standard t-shirt and finisher medal but I was also surprised with a finisher t-shirt and a really nice beer mug.

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    chickiepants FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first marathon and I’ll definitely be running it again next year. The course was relatively flat but challenging, and the people were amazing. I finished just outside … MORE

    This was my first marathon and I’ll definitely be running it again next year. The course was relatively flat but challenging, and the people were amazing. I finished just outside the cut-off time but they had a special area for the people who did that was very nice and set up just like the “real” finish. We got all our swag and snacks, and they were so awesome. I hope next year to finish faster but am happy to know that they care just as much about the slow runners as the elites.

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    donknox REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The Houston Marathon is just a really good and heavily participated run. You will never run very far alone during this event. I had planned for this to be my … MORE

    The Houston Marathon is just a really good and heavily participated run. You will never run very far alone during this event. I had planned for this to be my big BQ 2020 attempt and the course did NOT disappoint. While I bettered my time from the Dallas Marathon 6 weeks prior – I honestly believe I would have run about 3 to 4 minutes faster had I not run Dallas as hard as I ran it.
    There is one hill around Mile 5.5 that is really a bridge. The only other hill of note on the course is around 25 and that is running up the underpass coming into Downtown Houston. Relative flat is a good and fair statement for course technical difficulty. I gave the race 3 shoes for difficulty because of the distance. Any marathon should rate at least 3 shoes for difficulty because you are on your feet for such a long time.

    Crowd support and aid stations are fantastic. Houston really shows off and it is impressive. Will run again next year! Only negative (personal opinion only) are the finishers’ shirts – I would prefer a long-sleeved shirt.

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    rickyo REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is my second year running the marathon after doing the half for a couple of years. This race is a lot of fun. There are spectators and cheering almost … MORE

    This is my second year running the marathon after doing the half for a couple of years. This race is a lot of fun. There are spectators and cheering almost the entire length of the course. Beer towards the end and terrific swag. They organizers have this down to a science and everything goes off without a hitch.

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    motherrunner720 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course is very flat and mostly scenic. I grew up in Houston but saw many parts of downtown that I have never seen before. Weather is very unpredictable. A … MORE

    The course is very flat and mostly scenic. I grew up in Houston but saw many parts of downtown that I have never seen before. Weather is very unpredictable. A lot of great energy and support on the race when I completed it in 2019.

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    rickyo FIRST-TIMER '18

    My first marathon and at my age (60) I truly questioned if I could do it. But lots of support beforehand encouraged me to try. The course spectators are a … MORE

    My first marathon and at my age (60) I truly questioned if I could do it. But lots of support beforehand encouraged me to try. The course spectators are a blast. Rock bands, mariachis and all kinds of other cheerleaders makes this a fun time. At mile 17, all my neighbors were out. I couldn’t quit then so I had to finish.
    It was great to add completing a marathon to my bucket list.

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 17, 2018 at 12:36pm

    Congrats on conquering the marathon, Rick! You definitely choose well with Houston, and great to hear you had all the support you needed to accomplish your goal since the distance… MORE

    Congrats on conquering the marathon, Rick! You definitely choose well with Houston, and great to hear you had all the support you needed to accomplish your goal since the distance is no joke. Here's hoping this is the first of many marathon finishes for you, and good luck at Big Sur next spring, I'll be rooting for you — now that you know what to expect, you'll be ready to tackle one of the nation's toughest road courses! LESS

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    donknox FIRST-TIMER '18

    I ran this race to see if it really was flat. Having just run Berlin a few months prior - it is not completely flat like Berlin but it'll do … MORE

    I ran this race to see if it really was flat. Having just run Berlin a few months prior – it is not completely flat like Berlin but it’ll do and it is way less crowded than Berlin. The only downside was the finish and post-race area. Extremely crowded and somewhat confusing. All in all it is a “do again” and if I duplicate my 2018 time in 2019 then I BQ for 2020 which is the goal. The finisher’s mug is awesome.

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    dungoggallery FIRST-TIMER '18

    I ran a really solid race in richmond, virginia in 11/17 and wanted a race to try for a pr. houston popped up as a possibility and other runners recommended … MORE

    I ran a really solid race in richmond, virginia in 11/17 and wanted a race to try for a pr. houston popped up as a possibility and other runners recommended it as super well organised and a fast course. it was both of those things. I flew in on the friday and stayed at an airb&b right near the convention centre. the expo was cool. easy to get around and a few good speakers on the main stage. saturday throws in a 5km if you want to shake out pre race. i’m always in for another tshirt and it was nice to get a feel of the city and run through the proper race finish line. sunday morning and I was up early for the 7am start. this race knows what it is doing. I didn’t need to go to the convention centre for the pre race but everyone commmented how organised everything is. the starting area had plenty of space and all the usual pre race nervousness from competitors. 7am sharp and you are away. the course is the course. they run the houston half on the same day, same time and that draws a super hot field and a lot of national attention. 2018 and a new american record was set in the ladies, but I digress….the field splits around eight miles and it was nice to see off the half runners and see who I was up against. sufficient water stations and sporadic course support. the course is flat. the course has a lot of concrete which can bash up the legs a bit more than other surfaces. the course is fast. I can’t say I remember too much about scenery or special highlights. I was there to run fast and as I headed back into the city I needed a big big finish to run my first sub 3. houston gives you a great finish. no little rises or surprises. I ran the last mile in 6:24 and snuck under three hours by thirteen seconds. would I recommend houston ? hell yeah….

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 25, 2018 at 4:47pm

    Lucky 13 seconds! Congrats on the big sub-3 Stephen, and especially to your quads for staying strong despite absorbing all that concrete. I ran Houston as well this year, though… MORE

    Lucky 13 seconds! Congrats on the big sub-3 Stephen, and especially to your quads for staying strong despite absorbing all that concrete. I ran Houston as well this year, though from a different perspective since I started at the very back to fundraise for the Food Bank based on the number of runners passed. But like you I'd recommend this one without reservation, and luckily the ice storm held off until after the race. Appreciate your excellent review, and keep running strong! LESS

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