Chevron Houston Marathon 2022 marks debut of Memorial Park tunnels as part of runners' route

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Chevron Houston Marathon runners will be 1st to use new tunnels
While there'll likely be a number of first-timers in the Chevron Houston Marathon field, officials are counting on the event to debut a landmark project that has been under construction for a while now.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The tunnels built for Memorial Park's Land Bridge are scheduled to open this spring to traffic.

Runners with the Chevron Houston Marathon will get a sneak peek this Sunday. Eyewitness News learned the south tunnel will be used as part of the race.

Randy Odinet with the Memorial Park Conservancy said with construction on track, they thought about the idea with the Houston Marathon Committee. They looked into it and found out it was possible.

"Could they go through the tunnels?" Odinet recalled. "It's working out real well. The level of completion of the roadway work is falling into place to safely put runners in there."

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Wade Morehead with the Houston Marathon Committee welcomed the addition to this year's race. He called it a perfect fit given the marathon's history with Memorial Park.

"We're really, really excited to be the first ones to be going through the tunnel," said Morehead. "Our relationship with Memorial Park goes back to 1972 when the first marathon was conducting, running around the park with just over 100 runners."

The land bridge is part of a $70 million project that includes a prairie restoration. It's slated to be completed and open to the public by year's end.


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