Can I get a refund if I cannot participate?
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 nonprofits.
Options available to those who cannot participate:
1. Defer your race entry until next year (see relevant FAQ item) by October 11, 2020
2. Transfer your bib to someone else (see relevant FAQ item) by October 11, 2020
3. Convert registration fee as a tax deductible charitable donation to the organizing 501(c)(3). Contact email@example.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. If a donation is requested after packet pick-up begins, the assigned bib must be collected by race registration coordinator before the donation will be accepted. Requests for charitable donations will not be accepted on or after race day.
Can I switch events, transfer my bib, or defer my registration?
Upgrade from 10k to half marathon distance
Please click here. Click the Transfer link on the top left (desktop display) or from the drop-down menu on top of the page (mobile display). Choose Transfer to a new sub-event, and follow the instructions to switch your event. The upgrade comes with a $10 fee + difference in event cost. The deadline for upgrades is October 11, 2020.
Downgrade from half marathon to 10k distance
Please click here. Click the Transfer link on the top left (desktop display) or from the drop-down menu on top of the page (mobile display). Choose Transfer to a new sub-event, and follow the instructions to switch your event. The upgrade comes with a $10 fee. The deadline for upgrades is October 11, 2020.
Transfer registration to another person
Please click here. Click the Transfer link on the top left (desktop display) or from the drop-down menu on top of the page (mobile display). Choose Transfer to a new participant, and follow the instructions to initiate the transfer. The transfer comes with a $15 fee. The deadline for upgrades is October 11, 2020.
Defer half marathon entry
2020 UPDATE Deferral of 10K and half marathon registrations to the 2021 event can be requested with no deferral fee through September 10, 2020 in light of this year’s pandemic conditions. To request a deferral, log into your account at www.raceroster.com, find your Houston Half Marathon & 10K registration, select Edit registration, and choose deferral in the Race Questions section under Alternate registration options. A registration code will be sent when registration opens next year.
Deferrals can be requested up to October 11, 2020 – with the standard $35 deferral fee for requests after September 10, 2020. No deferrals will be accepted past the October deadline.
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.
How do I get a copy of my registration receipt?
You can send yourself a copy of your registration receipt using the Race Roster functionality after logging into your account.
Simply follow the instructions provided here.
Is there a time limit for finishing?
The Houston Half Marathon & 10K course closes at 11 am. Roads will be reopened to traffic in a staged manner after race start based on a 4 hour finish timeline.
Participants will be assigned to corrals to help with race flow at the start of the event. Later corrals will cross the starting some period of time after the official event start, which can impact how much time those individuals have to finish.
Runners/walkers still on the course when roads are about to reopen will be either be picked up and transported to the finish line or offered the opportunity to finish using pedestrian sidewalks along the course rather than the roadways. Please note: this could apply to half marathoners with a pace of over 17 mins/mile or 10k participants with a pace of over 30 mins/mile depending on when they cross the starting line.
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.
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:
C. Baldwin, Curio Collection by Hilton
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 nonprofits.
Is the course certified?
Yes, both the Houston Half and the Houston 10K are USATF Certified Courses and were most recently measured in 2019.
Houston 10K: USATF Certified Course TX19014JH
Houston Half Marathon: USATF Certified Course TX19012JH
How do I register if I deferred in 2019?
All deferred participants from 2019 should have received a coupon code by email in February 2020. If you officially deferred last year and did not receive your code by email, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The coupon will reduce the current Houston Half Marathon registration fee to a flat deferral rate of $35.
What is the age limit for Half & 10K?
Age limits are based on 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. We have therefore set age limits on the registration site to ensure parental consent is provided before entering minors into either event. If you experience any difficulty with registering a minor for the course, please reach out to the Houston Half & 10K Help Desk at email@example.com.
Handcycle: How do I register for the handcycle division?
To register, follow this registration link and select the Handcycle Houston Half Marathon subevent.
Handcycle: What types of handcycles are allowed?
Upright and recumbent handcycles are allowed and must have working brakes.
Racing and sports style chairs are allowed. Day chairs with small front castor wheels are not allowed unless a FreeWheel or other similar attachment is used.
Handcycle: What time do handcycles start the race?
The handcycle race start is at 6:55 am. Runners start at 7:00am.
How can I make a claim on my event insurance?
Terms and conditions/contact information for the policy can be found through the following links: