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Chevron Houston Marathon: Best places to watch runners, street closures and more

Know which roads will be closed and where you can cheer on the runners

This weekend is Houston Marathon Week which includes the annual Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and We Are Houston 5K.  

With that being said, be prepared for A LOT of street closures in and around central Houston -- starting as early as Thursday, Jan. 16.



The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, Jan. 19.

Early athletes with disabilities will start their race at 6:50 a.m. The Marathon and Half Marathon begins at 7:01 a.m.

Street closures for these races begin as early as 5:45 a.m. Sunday. Once runners have completed their pass through each area, streets will reopen. 

Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes that avoid the course. 

Race participants should arrive as early (before 5:30 a.m.) to allow for traffic and parking. 



For more information on the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon including driving directions from your neighborhood, click here

Marathon Course Closures

  • Congress from Crawford to Smith
  • Smith from Congress to Franklin
  • Franklin from Smith to Washington (all lanes except one westbound curb lane)
  • Washington from Congress to Waugh (all lanes except one westbound curb lane from Franklin to Houston, and one eastbound curb lane from Studemont to Sawyer)
  • Heights/Waugh (southbound) from Washington to West Gray
  • West Gray/Inwood from Waugh to Kirby
  • Kirby (northbound) from Inwood to San Felipe
  • Kirby (southbound) from San Felipe to Bissonnet
  • Bissonnet from Kirby to Montrose
  • Mandell (southbound) from Bissonnet to Sunset
  • Sunset from Mandell to Main St.
  • Main St. to University Blvd.
  • University Blvd. from Greenbriar to Weslayan
  • Weslayan (from University to Bissonnet
  • Weslayan (northbound) from Bissonnet to Westpark
  • Westpark from Weslayan to 610 Service Rd. (all lanes closed except one westbound lane from Newcastle to 610/59 northbound feeder road)
  • Newcastle from Westpark to I-69 Service Rd. (all lanes except one southbound lane of Newcastle)
  • Post Oak Blvd. (northbound) from Richmond to San Felipe
  • San Felipe (westbound) from Post Oak Blvd. to Tanglewood Rd.
  • Tanglewood Rd. (northbound) from San Felipe to Chimney Rock Rd.
  • Chimney Rock Rd. (northbound) from Tanglewood to Woodway Dr.
  • Chimney Rock Rd. (southbound) from Woodway Dr. to Memorial Dr.
  • Memorial Dr. (westbound) from Chimney Rock Rd. to Loop 610
  • Memorial Dr. (eastbound) from Loop 610 to Shepherd
  • Shepherd (all lanes under overpass) from Memorial Dr. to Allen Parkway
  • Allen Parkway from Shepherd to Bagby
  • Dallas from Allen Parkway to Bagby
  • Bagby from Dallas to Lamar
  • Lamar from Bagby to Avenida de las Americas
  • Avenida de las Americas from Polk to Rusk


Parking is available at privately owned surface lots and parking garages around the George R. Brown Convention Center and many areas in and around downtown Houston. 

NOTE: The Chevron Houston Marathon does not control parking hours or prices. Be prepared to pay cash to the lot attendants.


Several mile markers on the race route offer an opportunity for spectators to pitch a chair, park their cooler and cheer on their favorite runner.

1. Mile 1: Marathon Elvis, Washington & Sabine 
The King of Rock & Roll, or the King of Race Day entertainment? We’ll let you be the judge. Elvis has been a staple at mile one of the Chevron Houston Marathon for more than a decade, so be sure to take in the tunes as he serenades the runners through their first steps of the race

2. Mile 2: Houston Fire Station 6, Washington & Larkin
Fueled by Fire, driven by Courage – Houston Fire Station 6, is home to the larger than life American Flag that runners pass in the early stages of their race. If you’re feeling patriotic or need a good photo op for Instagram, this is a spot you’ll want to capture! BONUS: you’ll see your runners pass by early enough to make a quick jump across the bayou to see them head toward the finish line too!

3. Mile 4: Katy High School Drumline, West Gray & McDuffie 
Repeatedly voted into the top five of Houston Marathon HOOPLA Stations, you’ll hear the beats of the Katy High School Drumline, long before you see them! That Roarin’ Band from Tigerland is the oldest band in the Katy ISD and that experience definitely shows. We dare you to stage your support crew here and not break out a dance move or two.

4. Mile 6: Caporales San Simon Houston – Bolivian Dancers, Westheimer & Kirby
Begin your cultural tour of Houston
with the Caporales San Simon Houston Bolivian Dancers! Rich in tradition, history and skill, the spectating crowds and runners alike will undoubtedly be drawn to their energy!

For more spectator spots, click here


City officials encourage all attendees to be vigilant about what is going on around you.

If you see something suspicious, SAY SOMETHING! Call 911 or call iWatch Houston Hotline at 1-855-492-8244.