Houston Running News

HARRA 500 - Guaranteed Marathon Registration

The Chevron Houston Marathon is a popular event with more runners wanting to run than the course can support. For the 2015 event, there are five options available for an early (guaranteed) registration. In addition to the HARRA 500 program, there are options for veteran runners, time qualifiers, deferred registrants and third time's a charm runners. You should review the details at the Marathon Registration Information web site.

Runners who do not qualify for early registration are entered into a lottery for the remaining registrations. The HARRA 500 program provides HARRA members entrance to early registration (e.g. bypass the lottery) for the full marathon if they do not otherwise qualify. To get started with the HARRA 500 program, click on On-line application to the HARRA 500 registration link. There is no cost for a HARRA member. If you are not a HARRA member, you can join HARRA now and are eligible for the HARRA 500. In recent years we have been able to accommodate all valid on time applications. Note that the marathon’s lottery starts on June 4th – after the HARRA 500 program awards registrations. So, if you apply for HARRA 500 and are not selected you can still apply for the lottery.

The HARRA 500 program is open for registration until May 4. Runners whose applications show superior qualifications based on volunteering, running and length of membership will be accepted into the program on an on-going basis and notified by email. The remaining applications will then be evaluated with final awards made on or before May 6. In case demand exceeds supply, applicants who have not been admitted into the program will also be notified at that time and may wish to enter the lottery program starting June 4th. Approved applicants for the HARRA 500 program will be given a registration code that is valid until midnight May 29. You must register at the Marathon web site before the expiration date.

You can get more information on the HARRA 500 program here.

2014 Tour de Bayou
Five Tuesdays in April at 6pm

The Houston Area Road Runners Association (HARRA) continues to offer the classic Tour de Bayou series of cross country races. For your running pleasure, the stages all start at 6:00 pm, are open to everyone, and are free of charge. Distances vary from roughly three miles to five miles. Runners may run any or all of the stages.

Stage 1: April 1 Spotts Park, near Memorial Dr & Heights Blvd
Stage 2: April 8 White Oak Bayou, White Oak Ave @ Thelma
Stage 3: April 15 TC Jester Park
Stage 4: April 22 Ho Chi Minh, Memorial Park @ Rugby Field
Stage 5: April 29 Ho Chi Minh, Memorial Park @ Rugby Field

For more information, email Roger Boak.

FAll 2013 - Runner of the Season & Ironfoot Awards

HARRA's Runner of the Season competition has ended and results have been tabulated with cash ($$$) awards to Houston runners. Awards winners are here.

If you're an ROTS award winner, please email Treasurer@harra.org with your current address to receive your award check. Without an address, no award. All addresses must be received by June 30, 2014, to get a check.

Fall 2013 Ironfoot Winners have also been announced. To earn the Ironfoot award you must run in the 5 races in the Fall series. Volunteer actitities can substitute for running at one of the races.

Power In Motion - Spring 2014

HARRA's Power In Motion (PIM) program is a 10 week, adult, 5K running clinic for new and intermediate runners. It offers guidance, support, encouragement, training tips and a comprehensive training regimen for individuals wishing to improve their running ability. The first session is Wednesday, February 26th and the target race is the 5K is Cinco de Mayo. Visit the Power In Motion web site for more information and to register.

HARRA Fall Series complete, Spring Series schedule set

The 2013 Fall Series concluded with the Chevron Houston Marathon on January 19th and the Fall Series results will be finalized soon after. Forty-nine members have run all 4 individual events in 2013 and are in the running to win an Ironfoot award if they complete or volunteer at the Houston Marathon. Standings for the are available. Nineteen running clubs have scored in the Club and Team competition with the Bay Area Running Club, Bayou City Road Runners, Houston Striders and H-Town Runners leading in one or more of the 14 categories heading into the Marathon.

The Spring Series schedule is as follows, so mark your calendars to compete for yourself and your Club in one or more of these events

February 22 Buffalo Wallow 6k
March 8 Bayou City Classic 10k
March 22 Law Week 8k
March 29 Bellaire Trolley Run 5k
April 23 LP Run

HARRA has worked with all these races for many years and they are all high quality. HARRA members are deeply involved in leading and volunteering at all of them in various ways from race directing to refueling stations to AED teams. If you are not running we urge you to volunteer in some capacity.

The race director for the Bayou Bash Relay scheduled for May 10 has been unable to secure a course that would provide runners with a safe and enjoyable run. Consequently, the race has been cancelled for this year. Runner of the Season and Ironfoot awards are not affected; Team and Club competition will be adjusted accordingly.

Memorial Park’s New Stretching Deck and Running Trail Center

Construction has completed on Memorial Park’s new stretching deck. The dedication ceremony was Saturday, February 1st and the deck is now available to runners. Thanks to the hard work and many donations from the Houston running community who have made both the Deck and Running Trail Center a reality.

HARRA Membership Renewal

HARRA Memberships expired at the end of June. You can still renew and get discounts for many races and for your shoes and clothes at local merchants. To renew, go the HARRA web site and on the home page, login (look on the middle of the right side for the Member Login link).

When you first login, you will be given an opportunity to update your membership information. You can then use the View and Action buttons to renew your membership. Under View, select My Membership and under Actions, select Membership Plan.

You can select either an Individual Membership or a Family Membership as appropriate and then proceed though billing information and confirmation.

HARRA Membership list - A list of active members, HARRA membership numbers, and their HARRA affiliated running clubs.

Running in Houston - Great places to run in Houston; Locations and times of daily training runs; and Links to HARRA affiliated running clubs.

Race Calendar - Links to upcoming races, events, and race result web sites. We track over 100 races per year in the Houston area. That's a lot of races!

Get in the game. Join/Renew HARRA now! - What are you waiting for? Be an active part of Houston's vibrant running community.