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Houston Marathon increases 2015 field size

The Houston Marathon

HOUSTON (December 1, 2014) – The Houston Marathon Committee (HMC) announced on Monday that 2016 will feature a field-size increase to 27,000 runners for the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Each race will be capped at 13,500 available entries. The ABB 5K, which will take place on Saturday of race weekend, will be capped at 6,000 participants.

The 33,000 registrants will be the highest in the 44-year history of the Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend which will take place January 15-17, 2016. Both races have sold-out for 10 consecutive years.

In addition to the announced cap increase, the HMC announced that it will implement a new three-stage registration system for the 2016 marathon and half marathon that will replace the lottery system implemented in 2010.

“The new course and additional space in the GRB affords us the opportunity to increase the cap while not compromising the quality of the event. In turn, the cap increase provided us with an opportunity to implement a new three-stage open registration for our runners world-wide,” said Wade Morehead, HMC Executive Director. “We take pride in providing the best participant experience possible from registration to results, and this change allows the runners to register on a first-come, first-served basis again.”

The new three-stage 2016 registration system includes the following:

Early Open Registration – Opens January 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. CT (Race Day) through January 22, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. or until 10,000 full and half combined entries are sold-out.
Guaranteed Registration – Opens May 6-31, 2015 for guaranteed race entrants including time qualifiers, Legacy Runners, 5-9 year Houston Marathon or Half Marathon finishers, 2015 deferred registrants and members designated by HARRA.
Open Registration – Opens on National Running Day, June 3, 2015 and will remain open until all 27,000 entries sell-out.

2016 Race Registration Dates

Early Open Registration January 18 (3:00 p.m.) – 22, 2015

ABB 5K Registration January 18 (3:00 p.m.) – sell out

Guaranteed Registration May 6 – May 31

ABB 5K Registration May 6 – sell out

HERO Registration May 6 – sell out

Open Registration June 3 – sell out

Fundraising for Registration June 3 – sell out

2016 Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend of Events

January 15
Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute EXPO

January 16

ABB 5K

We Are Houston RunFest

Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute EXPO

January 17

We Are Houston RunFest

15th annual Aramco Houston Half Marathon

44th annual Chevron Houston Marathon

The cost of entry into the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon is $135, while the cost for the Aramco Houston Half Marathon is $115.

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