The event will be held in person and there will not be a virtual option. We have permission from the trail association and have a detailed list of possible procedures to mitigate the risks to our runners and volunteers. We will adjust those procedures in the ten days prior to the event to comply with county regulations.
The race limits have been lowered to 300 in the marathon and 300 in the half marathon. Please make sure you are not running a fever and you are showing no obvious signs of fighting an infection. If you are sick or have a fever, please do not attend the race. Please use social distancing and spread out in our open areas before and after the race! Prerace announcements will be shortened. Start line will be staggered. Our race is chip-timed so there is no need for a mass start. If you plan to run a Boston qualifying time, please start in one of the earliest waves. Tentatively, marathon runners will be started in groups of 10 to 25 runners every minute beginning at 8 AM. The half will start at 8:30 using the same procedure. Aid stations will be manned but the runner will probably have to pick up their water and sports drink from the tables.
If you are sick on race day, please do not attend. You may defer your entry until next year. If we have to cancel due to county restrictions, then you may receive a refund of your entry fee or you may defer until next year.
We plan to have hot pizza delivered every hour starting at 10 AM. The critters (the shark) may not be numbered this year because of the wave starts. Our goal is to make this event feel as normal as possible and use common sense planning to keep everyone safe.
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us. We have been running various marathons every couple of weeks to see which procedures work and which do not.
Marathon (26.2 miles-4 loops)
Half Marathon (13.1 miles-2 loops)
8:00 A.M. Marathon Start
8:15 A.M. Half Marathon Start
Greentree Park, Kingwood, TX
3826 Brook Shadow – Kingwood, TX 77345
Four loops on greenbelts in Kingwood, starting at the Greentree Pool, proceeding to Lake Houston and returning to the Greentree Pool. The course is run entirely on concrete greenbelt trails which are open to the public. Please use caution when crossing streets and be courteous to the residents of the neighborhood.
From I-59, exit Kingwood Drive, continue East on Kingwood Drive for approx. 4.5 miles. Take a left on Lake Houston Parkway (8th traffic light). Turn right on Brook Shadow Drive. The second stop sign on Brook Shadow Drive is Greentree Park (corner of Falling Brook and Brook Shadows). 3826 Brook Shadow – Kingwood, TX 77345
Packet Pickup New Year’s Eve 1 PM to 6 PM at the park. 3826 Brook Shadow – Kingwood, TX 77345
Packet pickup starts at 6:30 AM on New Year’s Day at the park. 3826 Brook Shadow – Kingwood, TX 77345
Temperatures vary from 32 to 60 degrees. Typically you can expect 40 degree weather.
The closest airport is IAH- George Bush Intercontinental Airport-Houston, TX (less than 10 miles). The next closest airport is HOU-William P. Hobby Airport-Houston, TX (31 miles). Car rental is necessary because the hotels do not have shuttle service to the race site. Most major airlines have service to Houston, TX.
Please contact the hotels directly to verify rates and offers.
Comfort Suites-Kingwood 22223 Hwy 59N Humble, TX 77339 Race Headquarter Hotel
Late checkouts available
Fairfield Inn Marriott, 20525 Hwy 59 N, Humble, TX
Candlewood Suites-Kingwood/Humble/IAH, 291 Kingwood Medical Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
24 Hour free shuttle, free laundry, pool with gazebo, Jacuzzi, gas grill, free wireless internet, business center, off freeway for safety and security.
Country Inn & Suites-Houston Intercontinental Airport, 20611 Hwy 59N, Humble, TX 77338
Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Kingwood, 22675 Hwy 59 N, Kingwood, TX 77339
Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Houston, 12915 FM 1960 W Humble, TX 77065
Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston-Kingwood Parc, 23320 Hwy 59 N, Kingwood, TX 77339
p:281.358.5566 x4502/ f: 281.358.5771
USATF Course certification number: TX15123ETM
Timing will be provided by Run Houston Timing www.runhoustontiming.net
Chips are on the back of the bib numbers. Do not remove them. Wear your bib on the front of your shirt or shorts for visibility of the timing and turn around monitors. Bib and packet pickup New Year’s Eve 1 PM to 6 PM at the park. 3826 Brook Shadow – Kingwood, TX 77345
Race day bib and packet pickup starts at 6:30 AM on New Year’s Day at the park. 3826 Brook Shadow – Kingwood, TX 77345
The race has a limit of 700 participants.
This event is walker and velocity challenged participant friendly. The only time limit is that participants must finish before dark (5:30pm). The third loop must be completed by 3 PM, or you will not be allowed to continue. An early start is not allowed because of the park curfew.
T-shirts, Medals, and stuff
Each participant and volunteer will receive a shirt. Each finisher will receive a custom finisher medal. The finisher medals are a secret until race day, so don’t ask to see a picture of one because it isn’t going to happen. In lieu of age awards, your finisher squeezie critter will have your overall finishing position on it. 2020 will be the year of the squeezie Happy Dog. Each registered participant will receive a snazzy goody bag.
The Texas Marathon started as a marathon event only. Later we added a half marathon to accommodate family members and local runners in the interest of promoting the sport. We became aware that our event had changed its focus from a marathon to a half. This was not our intention. We heard several runners comment that there was no reason to run the marathon when they would receive the same medal for running the half. We agreed. For the 2013 and all future events, marathoners will receive the really large medal and half marathoners will receive a substantial, yet smaller one. We feel this is in the best interest of the marathon sport. -Steve&Paula