Marathon will force driv­ers to find de­tours

Houston Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - By Dug Be­g­ley dug.be­g­ley@chron.com twit­ter.com/DugBe­g­ley

Driv­ers will need a backup route Sun­day morn­ing when they must yield to Chevron Hous­ton Marathon run­ners and nav­i­gate a rolling set of road clo­sures.

Driv­ers in a hurry on Sun­day morn­ing should have a backup plan if their route crosses the Chevron Hous­ton Marathon and Aramco Hous­ton Half­Marathon.

Run­ners will start the race at Congress and San Jac­into down­town for both races, with roads clos­ing around 6 a.m. City plan­ners said streets would re­open as the run­ners pass through the area, mean­ing most roads north of Allen Park­way will be clear by 9 a.m., while Mon­trose area

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High tem­per­a­tures and hu­mid­ity could make for slower races.

Run­ners to watch.

streets should clear by 11 a.m., based on pre­vi­ous races.

The long­est de­tours driv­ers will face will be west of Rice Univer­sity, in the Up­town area and along Memo­rial and Allen Park­way as marathon en­trants make their way back down­town.

The races end at La­mar and Craw­ford, prob­a­bly around 2:30 p.m.

In ad­di­tion to run­ners, spec­ta­tors line the route to cheer them on, which can also af­fect block street in­ter­sec­tions.

Run­ners, mean­while, could face daunt­ing weather. Tem­per­a­tures at the start of the marathon are ex­pected to be around 65 de­grees, with a chance of show­ers.

By mid­day, es­pe­cially if it rains, run­ners could face warm and muggy con­di­tions.

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