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January 11, 2016

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2016 Houston Marathon Weekend Events

The City of Houston will welcome the annual Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, and ABB 5k the weekend of January 16-17.  In addition to the races, multiple events will be happening in and around the downtown area that will only add to the excitement.

Staff from numerous City departments are working with the marathon planning committee and public safety agencies to minimize traffic concerns and ensure everyone enjoys a safe and fun event.

Street Closures

Remember, that 26.2 miles of course means that there will be some significant impacts on traffic on race day.  Many roads in and around the downtown area, as well as the three race courses will be closed beginning on Thursday evening.

Expect areas around the finish line at Discovery Green (on Lamar Street in front of the Hilton Las Americas) and near the starting line (near Congress & San Jacinto Streets) to be intermittently closed to allow for the installation of fencing and construction of the finish line.

Expect additional areas around the start and finish line to be intermittently or permanently closed

Expect much of Lamar street to be intermittently closed for installation of fencing
The ABB 5k will take place beginning at 8:00am and will result in street closures between downtown and Midtown until the race is over.

From 6:45am - 2:00pm, expect streets along the Marathon and Half-Marathon route to be closed  and reopened as the race progresses. 

A detailed, interactive map of closures is available on the City's website.

Street Closures Map

Spectator Information

The City encourages residents to go out and cheer on race participants! There are a lot of great places to set up to cheer on runners.  The Houston Marathon Committee has identified the top 10 places to watch the race on their website.

Can't make it to the race route?  Watch the race on ABC 13 from 7:00am - 10:00am.  

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.

See something suspicious? Contact the nearest law enforcement officer or call the iWatch Houston Hotline at 1-855-iwatch4 (492-8244).  If you see something that is a life threatening emergency, call 911.

Also, there are certain security and safety rules in effect for those planning on attending official marathon events.  These are available at

Be sure to stay informed of emergencies, and large special events in Houston by signing up for AlertHouston online at You can also follow on Twitter, or like on Facebook.

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Visit for information about the race, and bookmark for information on what public safety officials are doing to help keep these events safe.

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