Race Info


Race Day

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, 41st running of the Houston Marathon


Race Distance Participant Cap Official Time Limit Minimum Age
Marathon 26.2 mi / 42.195 km 13,000 Six (6) hours 12
Half Marathon 13.1 mi / 21.01 km 12,000 Four (4) hours Seven (7)
5K 3.1 mi / 5.0 km 5,000 90 minutes Seven (7)


Start Times

Start Time Race
6:45 a.m. Wheelchair: Marathon, Half Marathon
7:00 a.m. Open: Marathon, Half Marathon



The Marathon and Half Marathon races start one block from each other and merge at mile two where they share the same course through mile nine before separating. The courses then merge again at mile 25 and share the final stretch to the finish line on Avenida de las Americas.

Course Records

Race Gender Time Name Country Date
Marathon Men 2:06:51 Tariku Jafur ETH Jan. 15, 2012
Women 2:23:14 Alemitu Abera ETH Jan. 15, 2012
Half Marathon Men 59:22 Feyisa Lilesa ETH Jan. 15, 2012
Women 1:08:26 Belaynesh Olijira ETH Jan. 15, 2012


2012 Champions

Race Gender Time Name Country
Marathon Men 2:06:51 Tariku Jafur ETH
Women 2:23:14 Alemitu Abera ETH
Half Marathon Men 59:22 Feyisa Lilesa ETH
Women 1:08:26 Belaynesh Olijira ETH


Bank of Texas Team Challenge

A fun, free program for registered participants in the marathon, half marathon and 5K! Participants can form teams of three to six runners to compete against each other. Teams are divided into four categories: marathon, half marathon, 5K or mixed (including at least one participant in each of the three races). Awards are given to the top racing teams in each category and the overall winner receives the coveted “boot,” the popular team challenge traveling trophy.

Run for a Reason Charity Program

Connecting 30,000 runners with 60 nonprofit organizations, the Run for a Reason charity program provides an avenue for local nonprofits to raise awareness and funds through the event. In 2012, the program raised a record $2.3 million for 57 charities, bringing the total tally to nearly $15 million in charitable donations in the programs 18-year history. Visit RunforaResaonHouston.org for additional information.

Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann EXPO

A free, two-day exposition open to the public, the EXPO annually attracts more than 55,000 runners and fitness enthusiasts. Attractions include seminars and demonstrations from hundreds of exhibitors as well as health and fitness information and tips, product samples, and merchandise. The EXPO is also the location of packet pick-up for all races.

Location Date Hours of Operation
GRB, Hall E, 1st Floor Friday, Jan. 11 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 12 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Broadcast & Internet Streaming

KTRK-TV (ABC-13) will provide live coverage on race day from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and a same-day race recap special at 10:35 p.m. Races will be streamed live at abc13.com.


Average start time temperature: 45° F Average finish time temperature: 60° F