January 10, 2018
2018 Houston Marathon Weekend Events
This year, the City of Houston welcomes the annual Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and ABB 5K the weekend of Jan. 13 -14. In addition to the races, multiple events will be happening in and around the downtown area that will add to the excitement.
Various city departments are working together with the Houston Marathon Committee and public safety agencies to minimize traffic concerns and ensure everyone enjoys a safe and fun event.
Please remember that 26.2 miles of course means there will be significant impacts to traffic on race day. Several roads in and around the downtown area will be closed beginning Thursday morning, Jan. 11. On Saturday, Jan. 13, downtown will experience additional closures from 7 to 9:30 a.m. for the ABB 5K race. On Sunday, Jan. 14, streets along the 26.2-mile marathon course and 13.1-mile half marathon course will begin closing at 6 a.m. As runners pass through each area, streets will reopen. Below is a detailed map of the race routes and the times streets will close and reopen.
Additionally, set-up for the Start Line, Finish Line and other activities will require portions of the downtown area to be closed beginning Thursday morning.
Thursday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 14
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.
Click here for more information on Finish Line closures.
Friday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 14
Expect additional areas around the Start Line to be intermittently or permanently closed until Sunday afternoon.
Click here for more information on Start Line closures.
Saturday, Jan. 13 - 7 to 9:30 a.m.
The ABB 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.
Click here for a map of the ABB 5K course.
Sunday, Jan. 14 - 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Expect streets along the Marathon and Half Marathon course to be closed and reopened as the race progresses.
Click here for a map of the Marathon and Half Marathon course.
Click here for more information on street closures and specific driving direction suggestions.
Race Day Driving Directions
Expect traffic to be slow in and around areas impacted by the race course on Sunday, Jan. 14.
Driving delays can be minimized by using alternate routes that avoid the course entirely.
Need help getting around on race day?
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
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.
Security & Safety
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 SomethingT. 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). If you see something that you believe to be a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.
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: chevronhoustonmarathon.com.
Need More Information?
Visit chevronhoustonmarathon.com for information about the race and bookmark houstontx.gov/emergency for information on what public safety officials are doing to help keep this event safe.
*If you See Something, Say SomethingT is used with permission from the Metropolitan Transit Authority (NY)