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Event FAQ

Event FAQ

When and where does the race take place?

The Houston Half Marathon & 10K takes place on Sunday, October 29th. The start location is in Sam Houston Park at the corner of Allen Pkwy and Bagby St. Click here to see in Google Maps.

When and where is packet pick-up?

Location, date and time for Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration will be as follow:

Location:
Fleet Feet Sports in Rice Village at 2408 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005. Map here

Date & Time:
Thursday, October 26th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, October 27th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 28th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

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.

Can I switch events, transfer my bib, or defer my registration? (DEADLINE PAST)

The September 30, 2017 deadline to make any changes to your registration has past.

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 info@houstonhalf.com 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.

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.

What roads will be closed?

In-bound Allen Parkway from 6 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Allen Parkway at Bagby between McKinney and Dallas will be closed from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Outbound Allen Parkway will be closed to Waugh from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where should I park on race day?

FREE parking from Brookfield Properties is available near the start/finish area. Please arrive an hour early to avoid traffic congestion that could make you late for the race start!

Parking Locations:
1. Heritage Clay Garage (1200 Bagby) Map
2. Metropolitan Garage (340 W. Dallas) Map
3. Allen Center Garage (300 Clay) Map
4. 1600 Smith Garage (1600 Smith) Map

Can I ride my bicycle to the race?

Yes!  New this year, we will be offering a bike valet service for those who prefer alternate transportation options. 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.

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!

Is there athlete tracking this year?

Yes, there is!  Follow the Houston Half & 10K race action online or on your mobile phone!

From mobile device:
We are offering free tracking and cheer-sending via the RaceJoy mobile app. If you carry your phone during the race, you can receive audio Progress Alerts as you complete the course. Also, people can track your blue dot location as it moves along the course map and send you fun cheers!

Download RaceJoy now to get set up: http://www.racejoy.net/download/

From Home on your Computer:
Results will be accessible on houstonhalf.com here.  Additional links may be posted for race day, so stay tuned.

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!

Pacers will cover the following times: 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, 3:00 and 3:30.

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.

Elite Corral access will only be granted to those assigned bib numbers 1-500.

 

How will I receive my results?

1. Download the RaceJoy app and connect to the Houston Half & 10K event to live track your favorite athletes: http://www.racejoy.net/download/
2. All race bibs will have QR codes printed on them. Download a QR code scanning app on your phone prior to the race and scan your bib on race day to get your real-time results.
3. Go online at www.houstonhalf.com/race-results2 and see how you ranked.

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 are the awards for top finishers?

Houston Half Awards:

Awards will be given out to the 1st through 3rd OVERALL OPEN and OVERALL MASTERS male and female winners.

1st = $500 cash + Trophy
2nd = $300 cash + Trophy
3rd = $200 cash + Trophy

Acrylic AGE GROUP awards will be given out to the 1st through 3rd male and female winners in the following categories:

14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and over

Awards will be given out to the 1st WHEELCHAIR male and female winners.

1st = $100 FLEET FEET Gift Card + Trophy

Houston 10K Awards:

Awards will be given out to the 1st OVERALL OPEN, OVERALL MASTERS and WHEELCHAIR male and female winners.

1st = $100 FLEET FEET Gift Card + Trophy

Acrylic AGE GROUP awards will be given out to the 1st through 3rd male and female winners in the following categories:

14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and over

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.

Sicoustics will be providing music along parts of the course so you won’t need them!

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 awaits me at the post-race party?

Food from IHOP and Taco Cabana as well as standard race goodies.

Drinks will be provided by Karbach Brewery and Kona Ice.

Free massage from Koala Health and Wellness Centers as well as live music from the Slags and so much more!

Where can I get my race photos?

Race photos will be captured by Capstone Photography with FREE photo downloads for all participants.

If you would like to obtain your free race photos after the event, please make sure you wear your bib on the front of your body so the
photographer can easily identify you in the gallery.

Will there be video of the finish line?

Yes! DoMore Race Services will have cameras recording the finish line area. Your personal finish line video will be viewable through a link on your race results page the week following the race.

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 info@houstonhalf.com.

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