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Houston Marathon Reviews


4.6 Stars from 14 Runners





  

By about 2017


Review

Houston is a great course. Flat and Fast, if the weather is cool! Be wear of the humidity. This year the humidity was 96% at the start and the temperature was 65 degrees, which was tough for anyone who didn't do their training in Texas. However, in 2016 the conditions were great and the temperature at the start was 45.


Race Tips

I ran this race in 2016 and 2017, both times I started with the 8:00/mile pace group. In 2016, the paces were so great! We ran exactly 8:00/mile for the first 12 miles. I fell back after that, so I'm not sure what pace they ran the rest of the time. In 2017, I started with the 8:00/mile pace group and the first mile we ran a 7:45. I knew this was too fast for me, so I immediately dropped off. I saw a picture of my pacer from mile 23 and he was all alone, so I guess the weather + faster than expected start made it so no one could keep up.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I took an uber from midtown to and from the race and it was less than $10 each way. I found this to be much easier than trying to find a parking spot downtown. If you do drive, the garage right next to the convention center is fairly large. The Convention center opens at 5:30 am, and it's great that there is a large indoor waiting area! The race start is at least half a mile (maybe a mile by the time you get to the real start line, and not just the corral entrance) from the convention center and the corrals are huge, so be sure to leave the convention center about 20-30 minutes before your corral closes to be sure you have time to get to the corral without running and to find your pace group.


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2017


Review

Hilly at the middle and end of race.


Race Tips

Just push if weather is bad... lots of other qualifiers around that same time so don't run in 100 % humidity with 70 degree temps. Bad idea if trying to qualify.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Marriott Marquis perfect location


3 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2017


Review

The course is well-laid out and the support is great. Both times I ran it is was so hot. Training in a cold climate and racing in a hot one is not a good idea.The middle miles 13-15 are dead boring.


Race Tips

Prepare as well as you can for the heat.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Parking and crowds are a nightmare. Uber in and out if you can.


3 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2017


Review

Race morning starts with an early start at 6am for the slower paces. This course is one of the few in the Northwest that is open for 7 plus hours for the marathon giving everyone a chance to reach for their unicorn moment. Once you arrive you can check your bag with the registration volunteers and do what you need to start.


Race Tips

They offered a pace team which I kept an eye on so I was able to make sure to stay in between the two people that matches my time. My watched died close to the end so it kept me accountable for my mile time in the end.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I live in Houston but family came in from out of town to see and I stayed with them at the Four Season hotel. It turned out to be one of the best things I did. So close to the starting like and an easy walk back after the race. They were extremely hospital to racers and had all kinds of goodies waiting in my room when we checked in. Ever celebratory champagne at the door when we returned after the race! Book through the race site for a discount. The also offered free massages after in the hotel! And early morning stretching sessions.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2017


Review

First have flat, excellent organization, great weather, nice course second half with rolling hills on memorial park.


Race Tips

Lots of concrete, beware.

you have to train on holidays because marathon is in mid January.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

You can stay near the galleria and drive to downtown in the morning, a lot of parking available.


5 / 5 Stars


  Very professionally run event

By about 2017


Review

This is such a well run event, it's obvious that it's been around for over 40 years. From start to finish, this is a very professionally run event that seems to care as much about the marathon as it does the half and the relay. It's nice to run in a race that has doesn't put all the interesting parts of the course on the parts shared by with the half marathon and make the full marathon course seem like an afterthought. I didn't utilize the bag check so I can't comment on that part of the operation.


Race Tips

The race course was flat as advertised to the point where I wouldn't have minded an incline or two to break things up along the way. I think there were two overpasses that were slightly uphill. It's definitely a PR or BQ type of course if the conditions are right. The crowds were plentiful and enthusiastic. I don't think I have ever had so many people read my name off my bib and address me directly with encouragement. Of course the story of the 2017 Houston Marathon will be the conditions. It was hot and humid with intermittent showers throughout the race. The sun came out from time to time to add an extra layer of heat. This was definitely not my day as I struggled with the humidity from early in the race and spent most of the race more concerned with what mile I was in and less concerned with what was going on around me. There were plenty of water and Gatorade stops and tons of port-o-potties on the course. It is obvious that a lot of thought and planning went into this marathon, it is a fantastic event. Under the right conditions a great day can definitely be had in Houston.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Great course. Nice and flat. The city supports the race well too. Great weather for me in 2014 and again in 2016.


Race Tips

Water breaks are somewhat sporadically located. The organizers say every 1.5 miles, but that is not at all precise.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Hilton Americas was perfect. Right across the street from the expo and finish line. Easy walk to the starting line.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

The race is very well organized. The weather was perfect. Nice meal provided after the race. Most impressive was the approximately 75-80 massage tables staffed and ready to give you a good massage! Very low wait time and free!


Race Tips

This "find my marathon" app does not have the updated elevation map. Therefore, do not count on an accurate comparison with other courses. The 2016 course is fairly flat for the first 11 miles or so, but it is not flat for the last 15 miles. Look at the elevation chart on the race website instead of this app. While the course does not have extremely steep hills, it does have several hills.

From FindMyMarathon: The elevation chart and course data on the site are for the 2016 Houston Marathon as submitted to the USATF and verified on the Houston Marathon website. The elevation charts may look different because the Houston Marathon website elevation chart utilizes a scale of 200' while we utilize a scale of 700'. We use a 700' scale in order for users to directly compare 95% of the marathons using the same scale on the site. Thanks.


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Great race. Well organized. Nice flat course. Perfect weather in 2016.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Houston Marathon treats every runner like an elite runner.


Race Tips

Mostly flat course. Has one decent hill.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Great city, support, easy to get to. Great finishing line. Great medal, great swag, great expo.


Race Tips

2nd half of the course is the hardest part with the highway over/under passes.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay at the Hilton, The finish line is right out the front of the hotel and it's connected to the convenience center where the expo is.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2012


Review

Flat fast course one can PR on if you are ready. Not very scenic but Houston isn't very scenic. Get to stay warm inside the convention center before the race. Have Potties within the corrals, nice touch. Excellent water stops that are set up exactly the same every stop!


Race Tips

In 2012 we had a cool morning and it was high 60's by noon. There's no shade to speak of so if it was warm and sunny you'd get no break.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There are lot's of city parking garages nearby but I got to race early and actually found free street parking.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2010


Review

Well organized, hard to lose course, lots of spectators, flat, and usually cool. Hot meal including habanero sauce to wake you up.


Race Tips

Don't be late heading to the corrals. Corrals close at certain times and bathroom lines may be long in corrals.


5 / 5 Stars





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