Chevron Houston Marathon announces new course

June 11, 2013 4:22:29 PM PDT
Runners and supporters on the sidelines of the Chevron Houston Marathon will have a new map to go by next year. Some big changes to the course have been announced, and they're expected to affect a lot of people.

The race director says the new course will be flatter and faster, which is not only good news for runners, but opens the possibility of national and international records.

But the new course does not go north of I-10, and some runners say they'll miss that. When the starting gun went off at the Chevron Houston Marathon in January, it was the last time the marathon and half marathon would go over the Elysian viaduct and north of I-10.

On Tuesday, Mayor Annise Parker and the marathon committee unveiled the new course for next January's race -- something that was months in the making. The main reason for the change is that the Elysian viaduct is scheduled to be torn down.

Now the race will start at Congress and Caroline downtown, and head down Washington Avenue, down Waugh to West Gray and then Kirby.

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