From January 18-19, 2020, 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:
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. (wheelchair start is at 7:50 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.
- Start Line Area Closure Schedule Map
- Discovery Green & Finish Line Area Closure Schedule Map
- Washington Corridor Driving Directions
- Upper Kirby Driving Directions
- Rice & West University Driving Directions
- Galleria Area Driving Directions
- Tanglewood & Memorial Driving Directions
- Memorial Park Driving Directions
Parking is available at privately owned surface lots and parking garages around the George R. Brown Convention Center and downtown areas. The Chevron Houston Marathon does not control parking hours or prices. Be prepared to pay cash to the lot attendants for race weekend parking.
On Sunday race day, participants should arrive early (before 5:30 a.m.) to allow for traffic and parking. Streets comprising the start line will close at 5:30 a.m. The Houston Police Department will begin closing others streets in the downtown area at 5:30 a.m.
*For spectators arriving after 8 a.m., parking north of Rusk is recommended for easiest access to spectator amenities.
METRO to Offer Free Service for Marathon Participants
Wear your Chevron Houston Marathon or Aramco Houston Half Marathon race bib and ride METRO for FREE on race day!
Or if you’re cheering on a runner, don’t forget that the fastest way to catch your favorite athlete at the “eight-mile split” is on METRORail.
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.
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 phone’s app store.
Click here for a link to download the mobile app.
Watch the Race Live on ABC 13 or ESPN3
Can’t make it to the race route? Watch the race live on ABC13 from 7 to 10 a.m., or catch the recap show Sunday night at 10:35 p.m., also on ABC13.
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