The Katy Half Marathon
The Katy Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K offers participants a flat, USA Track & Field certified course with an epic finish line and post race complete with professional announcing, live music, delicious food, hot chocolate, beer, and age group awards five places deep. There is also a Kids K fun run. The inaugural edition of this event attracted close to 3000 participants for the Half Marathon and 5K events combined!
The Katy Half Marathon course starts with 1.75 loops within the mall area on 4 lane wide roads before exiting to a single loop, flat, and fast course. The course will be well marked, patrolled by police at all necessary intersections, lined with appropriate traffic control devices and signage and measured for accuracy.
Once outside of the mall runners will always stay in the furthest right available lane keeping cones and traffic to their left. The cone line is what separates the vehicular traffic from the runners. Always stay to the right of the cones keeping them on your left. Most roadways will be 4 lanes with plenty of room. There are a few spots where it’s 2 lanes but those roads will be turned into temporary one way streets for cars giving runners an entire lane to themselves still.
The 5k uses the same start line as the half marathon but heads north (counterclockwise) the opposite way that the half started. The 5k also exits onto Katy Mills Blvd. immediately (completing less than a 1/2 loop of the outer mall loop).
Once off the mall’s main outer loop and on Katy Mills Blvd, the 5k runners follow the same path the half marathoners do while also staying in the far right curb lane (cones on their left). The first exception to this is that the 5k will turn right off the feeder one street earlier than the half marathon did but they will join back up with the main course on Market Place a very short distance later. The next/last exception is that when the course T’s at S Katy Fort Bend Road and Kingsland the 5k will turn RIGHT instead of left like the half marathon runners do. Once the 5k turns onto Kingsland it’s a short run to the right turn onto Prairie and then the finish line.