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Race To Houston For Your Next Vacation
Athletes looking to combine a new race with their vacation plans should consider Houston for their next destination.¬† Low and flat, Houston is great if you are looking for a faster paced¬†run, without much¬†(or any!) elevation change.¬† There are half and full marathons going on year-round, but¬†be aware that races run between¬†May and September can mean very hot, very humid conditions¬†so chose your run accordingly.
Houston Half Marathon & Relay
The Houston Half Marathon and Relay (or simply “Houston Half“) will take place on Sunday October 24, 2010.¬† Registration is open on June 15; the half-marathon fee is $45 and the relay is $70 per team.¬†¬†The race starts and finishes at¬†Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston (map).¬† Sam Houston is a beautiful park where you will enjoy a lovely view of the city.
You can find the Houston Half on Facebook.
Galveston Seawall Half Marathon, 10K & Crabwalk
Two¬†days of run/walk events means there is something for everyone at the Galveston Seawall Half Marathon, 10k & Crabwalk.¬† Galveston is only 50 miles southeast of Houston, so you can choose to stay in the city and drive, or stay in Galveston itself.¬† The 2010 Seawall will take place at noon on¬†Saturday November 20, and¬†the¬†10k on Sunday November 21.¬† In addition to the two main races, there are two children’s races as well: The Lil’ Shrimp Kids K is a non-competitive 1K for children.¬†¬†An¬†entire weekend of events includes food, music and special passes to local attractions for race participants, such as all-day entry into Moody Gardens for just $25 each (for runners and family members).¬† Saturday’s half-marathon starts at Stewart Beach¬†and ends at Moody Gardens.¬† Registration is open; fees are¬†$60 until October 1, after which it is $70 per runner.¬† Participants will be running along the longest seawall in the United States for almost five miles of the 13.1 mile race.
Chevron Houston Marathon * Aramco Half-Marathon * EP5K Fun Run
The next Houston Marathon will be run on January 30, 2011.¬† Race registration opens on July 27, 2010 and the field is limited to 22,000 runners (11, 000 each for the full and half-marathons).¬† The Houston Marathon is a Boston Marathon-qualifying event, so if you don’t want to run this is going to be a fantastic¬†race to watch and photograph, as many top-level world athletes will be competing.¬†¬†¬† All events before and after the race will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center at 1001 Avenidas de las Americas (map) in downtown Houston.¬† Registration fees have not been announced; fees for the 2010 marathon ranged from $90-$120, and from $65-$85 for the half-marathon.
Angie’s Half Crazy Half Marathon
The¬†fourth annual¬†Angie’s Half Crazy Half Marathon will be held on Sunday April 10, 2011.¬† The race has a capped participation of 1650, and starts at finishes at the University of Houston¬†Clear Lake Campus (map).¬† The route will bring runners around the Lyndon B. Johnson¬†Space Center and Armand Bayou Park.¬† Fees for the 2011 race have not yet been announced; 2010 fees ranged from¬†$55-$80.¬† An early April race has the potential to be hot and humid, but chances are the temperature will top out in the 70s, making for a comfortable early-morning run.
You can find Angie’s Half Crazy Half Marathon on Facebook.
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