The Houston Striders are excited to present the 2017 Houston Half & 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

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 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.

How do I check if I’m already registered?

IF you register directly through Houston Half, 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 register through the Houston Marathon Warm-up Series, you can check it here instead. (NOTE: Link to be added once it become available)

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.

How will I be timed?

The Houston Half Marathon & 10K uses an electronic timing system that records race time and place via a bib tag. The bib tag is a disposable tag 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 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!

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, 3:30 and 4:00.

Will there be water stops and medical on the course?

Water and Gatorade stations will be available about every two miles. As you prepare for race day, train with Gatorade Endurance Formula – the sports drink that will hydrate you on the course. Gatorade Endurance Formula is scientifically formulated to meet the needs of endurance athletes. It contains a five-electrolyte blend including nearly twice the sodium (200 mg) and more than three times the potassium (90 mg) compared to original Gatorade Thirst Quencher. Drink Gatorade Endurance Formula to help sustain hydration, maintain proper fluid balance and help replace key electrolytes lost in sweat during long distance training and racing. Qualified medical personnel from the Houston Fire Department will patrol the course and be available at the finish line.

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. Please mark items with your personal information and place them in the clear bag that is provided at packet pick-up.

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 awaits me at the post-race party?

Food, drinks, free massage as well as live music and so much more! Please check back later, will post more information here once it become available.

Will the race be held if it’s raining?

The Houston Half Marathon 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 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

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

Switch from the Half Marathon to the 10K:
No additional fee is needed and no refund will be issued. Please email Suraiya Culp ( by September 30, 2017 to make this change.

Upgrade from the 10K to the Half Marathon:
Please click here to upgrade from the 10K to the Half and pay the additional fee by September 30, 2017.

Transfer Registration to Another Person:
Please click here. Under “REGISTRATION VERIFICATION” section, click on “Click Here to Transfer a Registration”. The person who is accepting the transfer will pay a $25 fee for the Half and $15 fee for the 10K. The original participant will forfeit their packet as well as their technical shirt. The deadline for transfers is September 30, 2017.

Defer Your Half Marathon Entry to 2017:
Deferral of your half marathon registration to the 2018 event comes with a $35 fee to be paid in 2018 during that event’s registration.  All deferrals can be made by emailing Suraiya Culp ( A registration code will be sent in 2018. Must defer by September 30, 2017 – no deferrals will be accepted past this date. No 10K registrants may defer.

No refunds will be issued as 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.

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