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The Houston marathon is the first major marathon event to take place each year in the United States, falling on a Sunday in the middle of January, taking advantage of the relatively clement weather in this part of Texas in the mild winter months.
Currently sponsored by motor manufacturing giant Chevron the Houston marathon is part of an expanding weekend of events that also now includes a half marathon and a 5k run, both an increasing feature on the US marathon circuit.
Previously allowing access to 25,000 runners via a lottery system, the marathon organisers have made a change for the 2016 event, with an increased 27,000 athletes now able to enter on a first come first served basis.
This event is part of a triumvirate that includes the Dallas White Rock Marathon and the Austin Marathon in what is known as the Marathons of Texas
The course starts on a rolling corral basis from 7am local time in the city's iconic Minute Maid Park and finishes downtown at the George R. Brown Convention Center. There is an official time limit of 6 hours.
Also along the race route are:
There is a full downloadable PDF map of the course here:
The Houston marathon is typically broadcast live on TV by ABC13, which also has a live online streaming option:
There are also a number of videos of the marathon on Youtube, including past event finishes and previews for this year's event:
If you're planning on some time in Houston for the marathon and looking for somewhere to stay you can check out availability and make online reservations for local hotels here.
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