With throngs of encouraging residents and American flags lining the streets plus live music and an announcer at the official City Hall hoopla headquarters, West University is preparing to welcome up to 27,000 runners — including a fair number of friends and neighbors — in the Chevron Houston Marathon on Sunday (Jan. 20).
Police are reminding residents to prepare for parking restrictions in some neighborhoods and for street closings.
Weather forecasters have now revised their early, dire warnings and now say temperatures at the starting line should be between 34-36 degrees, rising into the low 50s by noon.
The first runners, who start at 7:01 a.m. in downtown Houston, reach West U — the 10 ½-mile point — at about 7:40 a.m., and participants continue to pass through the city until about 10:30-11 a.m. The route runs along University Boulevard from Kirby Drive, then turns north onto Weslayan through the city limit at Bissonnet Street. Runners continue on Weslayan until Westpark Drive.
Traffic is restricted during this time with street closures and temporary no-parking signs, but West U police ask residents to clear vehicles from streets along the marathon route well before the event. Residents near City Hall may be affected by the volume of the music and announcements.