2021 Procedures

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.

Events

Marathon (26.2 miles-4 loops)
Half Marathon (13.1 miles-2 loops)

DATE

Friday, January 1, 2021

TIME

8:00 A.M. Marathon Start
8:15 A.M. Half Marathon Start

Location

Greentree Park, Kingwood, TX

Address

3826 Brook Shadow – Kingwood, TX 77345

Course Description

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.

Directions

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

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

Weather

Temperatures vary from 32 to 60 degrees. Typically you can expect 40 degree weather.

Air Travel

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.

Lodging

Please contact the hotels directly to verify rates and offers.

Comfort Suites-Kingwood 22223 Hwy 59N Humble, TX 77339 Race Headquarter Hotel
Reservations: 281-359-4448
Late checkouts available

Fairfield Inn Marriott, 20525 Hwy 59 N, Humble, TX
Reservations 281-540-3311
www.fairfieldinn.com/houhm

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.
www.candlewoodsuites.com/kingwoodtx

Country Inn & Suites-Houston Intercontinental Airport, 20611 Hwy 59N, Humble, TX 77338
www.countryinns.com/humbletx

Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Kingwood, 22675 Hwy 59 N, Kingwood, TX 77339

Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Houston, 12915 FM 1960 W Humble, TX 77065
Reservations: 281-359-2700

Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston-Kingwood Parc, 23320 Hwy 59 N, Kingwood, TX 77339
p:281.358.5566 x4502/ f: 281.358.5771

Certification

USATF Course certification number: TX15123ETM

Timing

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

Race limit

The race has a limit of 700 participants.

Time Limit

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

Pre-race Announcements and National Anthem

Race announcements, introductions, and instructions will start at 7:45 AM. National Anthem will be sung by Waverly Walk followed by the marathon start at 8:00 AM sharp. The half will begin at 8:15 AM.

Aid Stations

There will be water and sports drink available every 1.5 miles at each of the aid stations. There are snacks available at the start/stop aid station (every 6.5 miles). Portable toilets are located at the start and at each aid station.

Bag Drop

There will be a area near the starting line where you can leave a drop bag that is easily accessible from the race course.

Awards

We have designated 2020 as the “Year of the squeezie Happy Dog”. Each finisher will receive a critter with your overall finish position. Don’t blame us if you have a very slow critter. Last year was the “year of the squeezie ‘Tex’ the Cowboy Bull “. Prior years have been:, “year of the squeezie Octopus “, “year of the squeezie Porta Potty”, “year of the squeezie bug-eyed frog”, “year of the squeezie T-Rex”, “year of the cheesie squeezie rat”, “year of the pink pig”, “year of the yellow rubber duck”, “year of the penguin”, “year of the bat”, “year of the monkey”, “year of the cow”, and “year of the bear”. There are no age group awards because every runner is special.

Post race

A pizza picnic lunch is provided after the race with fresh pizza being delivered every hour starting at 10 AM. Also, snacks, fruit, cookies, chips, and soft drinks are available while you cheer on the other runners as they finish.

Results

Finishing results will be available on the website, www.marathonguide.com, and www.runhoustontiming.net. Results will also be sent to Boston.

The Charity

The net proceeds of this race will be donated to the Marathon Challenge running program.

Marathon Challenge Program

Twenty-eight years ago we were repeatedly asked by PTA parents “How far was that marathon?”. After deciding that it nearly impossible to teach adults what a marathon was, we decided we would teach their children. We came up with a program in our local school called the Marathon Challenge Program. The program promotes fitness for elementary school students by providing t-shirts to the students who complete 26.2 miles or more of running/walking during the school year. The first year we had 14 students complete the distance. Each year we’ve added schools in the area to the program. In 2018 over 8,500 students in 27 schools completed the distance and received t-shirts. The program has provided thousands of t-shirts to children each year for 27 years. The program is funded entirely by the proceeds of this event and private donations. Every dollar donated goes directly to the students.

Course Records

Male Kurt Klewin Oklahoma City, OK 2:42:31 2009
Female Christine Agnew Houston, TX 3:06:12 2007
Wheelchair Chris McDonald Lumberton, TX 3:11:15 2008

Sponsors

This year our very generous sponsor is SAWBLADE.COM. Visit their web site https://www.sawblade.com/

Does your company have free samples they would like to provide to 700 (very appreciative) runners? If so, we would be very happy to include your items in our race packets. Runners really love freebies! Just drop us a line and we’ll do the rest: [email protected]

Volunteers

If you know of an adult who wants to volunteer, please include their name and shirt size with your application or send us an email: [email protected]

We have marathoners traveling to Texas from out of the country. We have had folks ask for rides to/from the race course. If you are willing to be a contact for “shuttle service”, please send us an email and we’ll list you as a contact for our marathoners: [email protected]

After a participant completes their 5th Texas Marathon (26.2 mile event only counts), they are considered a Texas Marathon Veteran. Special awards are presented to the finisher when they complete their 5th year and every 5 years afterward of the Texas Marathon.

*50 States Marathon Club members www.50statesmarathonclub.com

Texas Marathon Challenge

The Texas Marathon Triple consists of the Texas Marathon, the Galveston Marathon, and the Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon.

Run all three marathons and receive a free hat and custom T-shirt. Run a half or marathon at each event and receive a free hat. No strings.

Texas Marathon 1/1/19

Galveston Marathon 2/17/19

Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon 3/16/19

Extras

Nifty, Custom made Wooden Display Medal Stand from Lifespeed Sports. www.lifespeedsports.com email to order [email protected] Texas Marathon Special pricing is $32.00 (plus shipping). (photo)