2022 Chevron Houston Marathon: What runners, spectators need to know ahead of Sunday’s big event

HOUSTON – The 2022 Chevron Houston Marathon is still a go for this weekend, with the main event to be held Sunday morning in downtown.

One of Houston’s premier events is back on after it went virtual last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, it will be held in person despite the rise in COVID-19 cases in the area, welcoming athletes across from 50 states and 55 countries worldwide.

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Mayor Turner told reporters in a news conference on Friday that he is excited for the marathon to return in person on time for its 50th anniversary celebration.

“This year marks a return to the traditional race because as you recall last year, athletes ran together from anywhere virtually,” Mayor Turner said. “This year, we are back. We will follow the proper health protocols because we know so much more now than we did two years ago, and we know enough to know that we can still be safe.”

Here are five things spectators need to know before attending the marathon:

1. Where does the race start and what time?

Runners and participants of the marathon will begin at Congress and Fannin Street The marathon and half marathon wheelchair participants will start at 6:50 a.m. and the marathon and half marathon runners will start at 7:01 a.m.

2. How can you keep track of your favorite runner during the run?

You can click here to see the best spots to see runners at each mile marker. You can also download the Chevron Houston Marathon app to keep track of runners, course maps and leaderboards.

3. What parking is available?

There is parking available at privately-owned surface lots and parking garages around the George R. Brown Convention Center and downtown area. The Chevron Houston Marathon does not control parking hours or prices. It is recommended that you be prepared to pay cash to lot attendants during race weekend.

Road closures are scheduled to begin before 5:30 a.m. See map for details. Public transportation is highly recommended.

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4. What other entertainment will be available?

Runners and spectators are invited to RunFest, taking place at Discovery Green right after the marathon on Sunday between 5 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Learn more here.

5. What is prohibited to bring to the race?

Click here to view list of prohibited items.

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