The 2014 Houston Marathon presented by Chevron is one of the biggest events of the year in Houston.
Add in all of the festivities that surround Sunday’s 26.2-mile main event—including Saturday’s five-kilometer run and Sunday's half-marathon—and the 2014 edition of the race could be the most memorable to date.
Here is all the vital information for Sunday’s event, a map to track where runners will be competing and a preview of what to expect.
*All stats and information via ChevronHoustonMarathon.com.
Where: Houston, Texas
When: Sunday, Jan, 19 at 7 a.m. ET
Watch: ABC-13 Houston
*Map via RunInfinity.com.
2014 Houston Chevron Marathon Preview
The 26.2-mile race and the 15,000 runners competing will work their way through the streets of Houston on one of the flattest courses in the sport, per RunInfinity.com.
While there are races that feature far more challengers on much more difficult courses, the number of runners in Houston is strategically limited by organizers. There is no cap on the spectators, though.
According to The Sugar Land Sun, the event is expected to "attract over 250,000 participants, spectators and volunteers." The unwavering commitment from the locals in Texas and the people traveling from all over the world make it one of the most supported races each year, per RunInfinity.com.
One of the main concerns for every participant or supporter of marathon running is the weather. Despite taking place in the heart of January, weather.com is expecting a high of 71 degrees with partly cloudy conditions.
With the morning temperature being even cooler, the weather will be ideal for this event.
The flat course and weather conditions should help runners attack the course records. Both the men’s and women’s record were broken in 2012 by Ethiopia’s Tariku Jufar (2:06:51) and Alemitu Abera (2:23:14), respectively.
Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku (2:10:17) and Merima Mohammed (2:23:37) won the men’s and women’s races, respectively, last year, but failed to break the all-time marks.
The 2014 Houston Chevron marathon features a decorated field that will make the best use of the course and weather conditions to attack the course record.
Whether they break the mark or not, the unwavering support of fans and volunteers will be help them along the way regardless.