Chevron Houston Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K - 2016/2017
The Chevron Houston Marathon takes place every year in January in Houston, Texas. The 2011 race
saw the men's record broken yet again. 22-year-old Ethiopian Bekana Daba shaved 33 seconds off the
record set in 2010 by his fellow countryman Teshoma Galana.
In the women's race, Mamitu Daska, also from Ethiopia, finished in 2:26:33, almost three minutes slower than
Teyba Erkesso's record from 2010.
The next Houston Marathon will be run on 18 January 2015.
Whether the popularity of the Chevron Houston Marathon is a result of the flat and
fast course, the cool winter weather, the possibility to qualify for Boston Marathon or something
completely different, is hard to say. But whatever the reason, the organisers introduced a race limit of 22,000 participants for the marathon and half marathon. The limit is usually reached
in October the previous year, so hurry and register to guarantee yourself a bib number.
If tendencies from the earlier
years proceed, the many participants will be travelling to Houston from all 50
U.S. states and more than 30 overseas countries to compete in the marathon, half marathon and 5K run. The course of the Chevron Houston Marathon
is a loop around the city of Houston with very few ascents. This makes the race
popular with runners trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon and
makes Houston great for setting PBs.
Apart from gaining the personal accomplishment of finishing
a marathon, the race is a festive experience with runners being cheered on by 200,000 onlookers and
numerous jazz bands, belly dancers, Elvis impersonators and other entertainers.
By entering the Run for a Reason programme participants can make donations or
become an active fundraiser for one of 35 official charities. Among these are
the Texas Children’s Hospital, the AIDS Foundation Houston and the American Red
Cross. For further information and registration for the full and 1/2 marathon, see the
official Houston Marathon site here
Chevron Houston Marathon Course
The course of Chevron Houston Marathon is advertised to be ‘Flat, Fast and Friendly’.
Click here for course details, map and elevation profile of the
For the same information on the 5K run, please go
A video from the Houston Marathon 2010
Houston Marathon Results and Information 2016/2017