2019 Houston Marathon Weekend

From January 19-20, 2019, the City of Houston will welcome runners, visitors and spectators from across the region, state, nation and globe to the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half-Marathon and We Are Houston 5k. As thousands of runners prepare to participate in this year’s events, residents should be prepared ahead of time, to ensure they enjoy their time.

Click the map below to view an interactive Marathon map:

Marathon Weather Update: Cold, Windy Weather to Last Through Race Day

Following an overnight cold front Friday into Saturday, temperatures continue to drop. Near freezing temperatures are possible Sunday morning.

Marathon runners and spectators should plan ahead for this weekend’s cold, windy weather. Visit www.houstonemergency.org for information on winter weather safety.

Houston Marathon Street Closures

THUR-SUN | Finish Line

Expect areas around the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green Park to close for the installation of the Finish Line and related fencing.  Closures will include Lamar Street in front of the Hilton Americas and Avenida de las Americas south of Discovery Green Parking Garage.

FRI-SUN | Start Line

Expect additional areas around the Start Line to be intermittently or permanently closed until Sunday afternoon.

SAT | We Are Houston 5K

The We Are Houston 5K will take place beginning at 8 a.m. and will result in street closures between downtown and Midtown from 7 – 9:30 a.m.

SUN | Marathon

Expect streets along the Marathon and Half Marathon course to be closed and reopened as the race progresses.

Race Day Driving Directions

Expect traffic to be slow in and around areas impacted by the race course on Sunday, Jan. 20.
Driving delays can be minimized by using alternate routes that avoid the course entirely.

Click on the link for your neighborhood to get detailed information on specific closures and driving directions.


METRO to Offer Free Service for Marathon Participants

Give those running shoes a break. Every Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon participant with a race bib rides METRORail FREE on January 20, 2019.

METRO is also the easiest way for spectators to catch runners at the half-way points for both the full and half marathons.

Spectators may purchase METRO’s Marathon Pass to travel along the race route or anywhere else in Houston quick and easy!

Order your METRO Marathon Pass online or, simply download the RideMETRO app and pay for your fare from your smartphone with Q Mobile Ticketing.

For detailed information on routes that will experience delays due to the Marathon, visit ridemetro.org.


Spectator Information

The City encourages residents to go out and cheer on race participants!  There are many great places to watch along the route.  The Houston Marathon Committee has identified the top 10 places to watch the race on their website. You can also access these locations on the map at thh top of this page by enabling “Top 10 Places to Watch the Race”

Download the Mobile App for Runner Tracking, Maps & More

Want to track a runner, get results or access course maps?  Download the Chevron Houston Marathon mobile app, available now for free in your mobile device’s app store.

Click here for a link to download the mobile app.

Watch the Race Live on ABC 13 or ESPN3

Tune in to ABC-13 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to catch live coverage of the Chevron Houston Marathon and companion Aramco Houston Half Marathon, and then again at 10:35 p.m. to see a race-day recap special.

Streaming of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will be available via ABC13: http://bit.ly/2CbIz91


Safety & Security

As with any public event, the main goal is to keep everyone safe.  With that in mind, please remember to be vigilant about what is going on around you.

If You See Something, Say Something™, Make the Call.

While there are no credible threats to this year’s Marathon, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings, and report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

If you See Something, Say Something™. If you see something that looks out of place, and might risk the safety of runners or spectators, contact the nearest law enforcement officer or call the iWatch Houston Hotline at 1-855-iWatch4 (492-8244), or make a report at iwatchhouston.org.  If you see something that you believe to be a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.

For a list of things to look for, visit iwatchhouston.org and be sure to watch the 6 minute video below.


Also, there are certain security and safety rules in effect for those planning on attending official marathon events.  If you plan to attend official events, please make yourself familiar with them by visiting the official race website: http://bit.ly/2F79aHZ

Be sure to stay informed of emergencies and large special events in Houston by signing up for AlertHouston online at www.alerthouston.org, or by following on Twitter or Facebook.