The Houston Striders are excited to present the 2018 Koala Health & Wellness Houston Half Marathon & 10K event. Whether you are in training, a charity supporter, or craving a well-organized fun-filled experience, we will leave you with a smile on your face.

Event FAQ

Event FAQ

How do I check if I’m already registered?

IF you registered directly through the Houston Half website, you can verify your registration status or send yourself a copy of your confirmation email by following this link. Look for the buttons at the bottom of the page.

However, IF you registered through the Houston Marathon Warm-up Series website, you can check it here instead.

When and where does the race take place?

The 2018 Koala Health & Wellness Houston Half Marathon & 10K takes place on Sunday, October 28th. The start location is in Sam Houston Park at the corner of Allen Pkwy and Bagby St. Click here to see in Google Maps.

What is the event schedule?

6:50 AM – Wheelchair Start
7:00 AM – Half Marathon Start
7:30 AM – 10K Start

Please arrive at least one hour prior to your event.

Is there a time limit for finishing?

Yes, the course will be closed and the roads reopened after 4 hours. This time limit supports participants maintaining a pace of ~18 min/mile or better. We love our walkers, runners, and everyone in-between!

How will I be timed?

The Houston Half Marathon & 10K uses an electronic timing system that records race time via a bib tag. The bib tag is a disposable metallic strip on the back of each participant’s bib (race number sign). Be sure to not remove this tag or your results will not be captured by the event timers!

Will there be pacers on the course?

Yes, there will be a pace team on the course to help you meet your target finish time for the half marathon, whether you are running or walking!

Specific pace group coverage TBA.

What is the Elite Corral and how does it work?

Registrants who plan on running at a sub-7:00 min/mile pace are automatically put into the “Elite Corral.”  This gives them access to a starting area immediately behind the starting line to help them accomplish their race goals.

Will there be water stops and medical aid on the course?

Water will be available at the first water stop and all other stops will be stocked with both Gatorade and water. Stops are approximately located near the following course locations: 2, 3.5, 5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, 10, and 12 miles.

Qualified medical personnel from the Houston Fire Department will patrol the course and be available at the finish line.

Course monitors will also be stationed along the route. Please reach out to a monitor, medical patrol, or individuals at water stops for help if you have a medical need.

What do I do with my personal items while I’m running/walking?

Personal items can be left at bag drop, located in the post-race area, using the clear bags provided at packet pick-up.

Please only use the clear bags provided for bag drop.  No personal backpacks, purses, luggage, or other bag types will be accepted for security reasons.

Be sure to fill out in BOLD the insert provided during packet pick-up to help volunteers identify your bag!

Note: Houston Half & 10K is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.

Can I wear headphones during the event?

The use of headphones by event participants is strongly discouraged for safety reasons.

Are dogs, baby joggers/strollers, or rollerblades allowed on the course?

No dogs, strollers (of any kind), skates, skateboards, or bicycles* are allowed on the course.
*Race officials and medical staff may use bicycles to monitor the course.

What are the recommended hotels in the area?

Hotels close to the Start/Finish Line:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown
400 Dallas St
Houston, TX 77002
Distance: across the street from the Start/Finish.

Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana St
Houston, TX 77002
Distance: one block away

Courtyard Houston Downtown / Convention Center
916 Dallas St
Houston, TX 77002
Distance: five blocks away

Will the race be held if it’s raining?

The  Houston Half Marathon & 10K  is a “rain or shine” event.

However, if weather conditions threaten the safety of participants, the race would be cancelled without refund as a portion of all proceeds benefit Memorial Park Conservancy and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department as well as numerous other area non-profits.

What is the age limit for Half & 10K?

Age limit is under parental discretion, meaning both the minor(s) in question have chosen to complete the activity and the parent or guardian consents to stay with the child the entire time while on the course. If you experience any difficulty with registering a minor for the course, please reach out to the Houston Half & 10K Help Desk at

Is the course certified?

Yes, both the Houston Half and the Houston 10K are USATF Certified Courses and were most recently measured in 2016.

Houston 10K: USATF Certified Course TX14172ETM
Houston Half Marathon: USATF Certified Course TX13262ETM

Can I ride my bicycle to the race?

Yes you can! We will be offering a bike valet service for those who prefer alternate transportation options on race day. Bicycles will be kept within a secured and guarded storage area only a few meters from the start/end. Simply show up with your bike and your race bib for drop-off and pick-up at the facility’s entrance at 1200 Bagby.

When and where is packet pick-up?

Location, date and time for Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration will be announced here once it become available. Please check back later.

There will be NO packet pick-up on race day.

Please bear in mind that while we try to accommodate all runners, late registrants are not guaranteed that all shirt sizes will be available.

Can I switch events, transfer my bib, or defer my registration?

Upgrade from 10k to half marathon distance
Please click here. Under the “REGISTRATION VERIFICATION” section, follow the instructions to switch your event. The upgrade comes with a $40 fee. The deadline for upgrades is October 12, 2018.

Downgrade from half marathon to 10k distance
Please click here. Under the “REGISTRATION VERIFICATION” section, follow the instructions to switch your event. The downgrade comes with a $10 fee. The deadline for upgrades is October 12, 2018.

Transfer registration to another person
Please click here. Under the “REGISTRATION VERIFICATION” section, click on “Click Here to Transfer a Registration”. The person accepting the transfer will pay a $25 fee for the Half or $15 fee for the 10K. The original participant will forfeit their packet as well as their technical shirt. The deadline for transfers is October 12, 2018.

Defer half marathon entry
Deferral of half marathon registration until next year (2019) comes with a $35 fee to be paid in 2019 during that event’s registration period. All deferrals can be made by emailing the Help Desk ( A registration code will be sent in 2019. Deferrals must be requested by October 12, 2018 – no deferrals will be accepted past this date. No 10K registrants may defer.

Defer 10k entry
10K registrant deferrals are not permitted.

No refunds will be issued
This is a rain or shine event and a portion of all proceeds benefit Memorial Park Conservancy and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department as well as numerous other area non-profits.

Can’t participate?  You can use your registration fee as a tax deductible charitable donation as the organizing club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contact for more information on this choice.

Please note: all donors must be removed from the participant list and must not claim a bib, shirt, or medal to meet the requirements of a charitable donation.

How do I register if I deferred in 2017?

Our race director, Suraiya Culp, maintains a list of 2017 Houston Half Marathon deferrals.  If you officially deferred last year, please contact her directly at and she will reply with a coupon code provides you with the promised $35 sign-up rate.