Chevron Houston Marathon 2023: here’s what you need to know

After a pandemic hiatus in 2021, the Houston Marathon is back again this weekend and marks its 51st year. Tens of thousands of runners will hit the sidewalk on a clear and early Saturday morning, and thousands more will line the streets to cheer them on.

Whether you’re lacing up your laces to test your endurance or cheering on friends and family, it’s best to plan ahead to ensure your day runs smoothly. Here is Chron’s guide for runners and spectators to make the most of race day:


Runners can look forward to near-perfect personal best conditions, with Space City weather predicting a cold and sunny start to the day. According to ABC 13, temperatures should hover around 40 degrees when the cannon fires at 7:01 am CT. It is expected that by 10 o’clock in the morning the mercury column will gradually rise to 50 degrees. At this point, there is no strong wind on the radar.

race track

The starting line is located at Congress and Fannin Street in downtown Houston, just a few blocks from Astros Minute Maid Park. Marathon runners will gradually move south before turning west at Maine and University. The track then returns to the Memorial before returning east to finish at Lamar and Crawford Street in the city centre. Water stations and gas stations are dotted along the way. Check out the race track map for more details.

Road closures

Houston Marathon officials are warning drivers of slow traffic in areas near the race track. Plan extra time to get to the starting line if you’re running, and extra time to get to the support spot if you’re watching. Some roads near the track, as well as those that are part of the track itself, will be closed on Saturday. Take a look at the official list of closures and guidance for specific areas here.

For more information about parking, registration, and more, visit the Houston Marathon FAQ.

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