Chevron Houston Marathon Route Includes Several Street Closures

The annual event includes a 5K, a marathon and half-marathon.


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Runners pose for a picture holding their marathon bibs.
Runners pose for a picture with their marathon bibs.

Thousands of runners will take part in the Chevron Houston Marathon this weekend. The annual event includes a 5K, a marathon and half-marathon.

Wade Morehead is executive director of the Houston Marathon Committee. He says the race has sold out for 11 years in a row, with 27,000 runners signed up to compete this year.

"We'll have 250,000 spectators, volunteers and runners on the course, which makes this the largest single day sporting event in Houston," Morehead says.

The event draws athletes from around the world. Mary Wacera is a long-distance runner from Kenya and a former Boston Marathon Champion. She's hoping to beat her personal half marathon record.

"I'm hoping if everything goes well, like, I'll beat it because I've trained well," Wacera says. "I hope Houston will be good to me."

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner noted the financial benefits of hosting the race. Organizers say it has a $51 million economic impact annually.

"This is what Houston is all about," Turner says. "We are a world-class, international city and this particular marathon exemplifies just what we are talking about."

The race kicks off at the intersection of Congress Avenue and San Jacinto Street in downtown.

2016 Chevron Houston Marathon Map

Map key: Marathon Route – green, Half Marathon Route – yellow, Street Closures – red, 5k – blue

Several streets will be intermittently closed throughout the weekend as a safety precaution. On Sunday, the entire route of the marathon and half-marathon will be closed. Roadways will reopen as the race moves forward. The event runs through this Sunday.


Marathon Course Closures

  • Congress from Crawford to Smith
  • Smith from Congress to Franklin
  • Franklin from Smith to Washington (all lanes except one westbound curb lane)
  • Washington from Congress to Waugh (all lanes except one westbound curb lane from Franklin to Houston, and one eastbound curb lane from Studemont to Sawyer)
  • Heights/Waugh (southbound) from Washington to West Gray
  • West Gray/Inwood from Waugh to Kirby
  • Kirby (northbound) from Inwood to San Felipe
  • Kirby (southbound) from San Felipe to Bissonnet
  • Bissonnet from Kirby to Montrose
  • Mandell (southbound) from Bissonnet to Sunset
  • Sunset from Mandell to Rice Blvd.
  • Rice Blvd from Sunset to Greenbriar
  • Greenbriar from Rice Blvd. to University Blvd.
  • University Blvd. from Greenbriar to Weslayan
  • Weslayan (from University to Bissonnet
  • Weslayan (northbound) from Bissonnet to Westpark
  • Westpark from Weslayan to S. Rice Blvd. (all lanes closed except one westbound lane from Newcastle to 610/59 northbound feeder road
  • Loop 610 feeder (southbound) from Richmond to Westpark
  • Post Oak Blvd. (northbound) from Richmond to San Felipe
  • San Felipe (westbound) from Post Oak Blvd. to Tanglewood Rd.
  • Tanglewood Rd. (northbound) from San Felipe to Chimney Rock Rd.
  • Chimney Rock Rd. (northbound) from Tanglewood to Woodway Dr.
  • Chimney Rock Rd. (southbound) from Woodway Dr. to Memorial Dr.
  • Memorial Dr. (westbound) from Chimney Rock Rd. to Loop 610
  • Memorial Dr. (eastbound) from Loop 610 to Shepherd
  • Shepherd (all lanes under overpass) from Memorial Dr. to Allen Parkway
  • Allen Parkway from Shepherd to Bagby
  • Dallas from Allen Parkway to Bagby
  • Bagby from Dallas to Lamar
  • Lamar from Bagby to Avenida de las Americas
  • Avenida de las Americas from Polk to Rusk

Additional Half Marathon Course Closures

  • Montrose from Bissonnet to Main/Mecom Fountain
  • Main (southbound) from Mecom Fountain to Bissonnet
  • Bissonnet (eastbound) from Main to Montrose
  • Montrose (southbound) from Bissonnet to Dallas
  • Montrose (northbound) from Dallas to Allen Parkway

Freeway Exit Ramp Closures

  • 610 West Loop, southbound, exiting to Hidalgo/Richmond

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