Houston Marathon Increases Participant Cap

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 4, 2012
  • Updated May. 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM UTC
Runners stand a better chance of running the Chevron Houston Marathon next year. Photo:

One thousand spots have been added to the half and the full marathon.

Some great news for aspiring Houston Marathon runners: The Houston Marathon Committee  has announced that 2013 edition of both the marathon and half marathon. A total of 1,000 entries will be added to both races. This means 12,000 runners may take part in the half and 13,000 in the full marathon.

“Following race weekend each year, we collectively evaluate all aspects of our event operations and review the feedback from literally thousands of runners,” said Wade Morehead, executive director of Houston Marathon Committee. “Past and future operational improvements have allowed us to increase the cap modestly each year, and we most certainly want to create more opportunities but never at the expense of the participant experience.”

In addition to the cap increase, a new “third time’s a charm” rule will be applied to lottery participants who did not gain entry for two consecutive years. These runners will receive an automatic opportunity to run either the half marathon or the full marathon.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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