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Major roads closing for Sunday's marathon
By Erin Mulvaney : January 10, 2013 : Updated: January 12, 2013 2:16am
Photo By Johnny Hanson/Staff
Men's marathoners Ryan Hall,front left, Meb Keflezighi, front right, Dathan Ritzenhein, back left, and Abi Abdirahman run down Allen Pkwy in the seventh mile of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in Houston. ( Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle )
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Darrell Yarbrough celebrates while crossing the finish line during the Chevron Houston Marathon Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)
Database: Marathon street closure times
As Chevron Houston Marathon participants sprint, run and jog, Houston drivers will be navigating around the street closures winding around the city during Sunday's race.
Several major intersections and some access to freeways closed as early as Thursday for the 41st Houston Marathon.
Starting Thursday at midnight, portions of Avenida de las Americas near Minute Maid from Lamar Street through Walker Street were closed. Those intersections will not open again until 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Saturday, in preparation for the race, there will also be several closures in the downtown area for a few hours, including Caroline, Austin, Lamar, Crawford and LaBranch streets. Those streets will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
The day of the race will obviously cause the most closures. The intersections will close at 6 a.m. until the finish of the race, which could be about 1:20 p.m. or later on Sunday.
The start line for the marathon is in front of Minute Maid Park, just north of the George R. Brown Convention Center. The race starts at 7 a.m. The marathon and half marathon participants will merge at mile 2. From downtown, participants will run through the Heights and Montrose neighborhoods. At about mile 9, half marathoners split off from the marathon course and return to finish at the convention center.
Marathoners will continue through Rice and West University, passing the Galleria, Tanglewood and Memorial Park areas before returning to the finish at the convention center.
Eastbound Memorial Drive will be closed and both directions on Allen Parkway until the finish of the race. Parts of U.S. 59 southbound on the feeder road at Lancashire and at the Newcastle exit will be closed. The 610 Loop feeder northbound at Richmond Avenue will be closed and also the West Loop at Woodway/Memorial exit.
The Heights area will see closures through Quitman street, White Oak Drive, Micheaux and Studemont. As the race continues through the Montrose area, several major intersections will be closed as runners go down Memorial down Montrose Boulevard, from Memorial Drive to just after Bissonnet Street. University Boulevard will be closed from Travis to Weslayan streets. The race will also cause closures through Weslayan, Post Oak Boulevard, San Felipe Street, Tanglewood Road and Woodway Drive.