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Running Organizations

Houston Area Road Runners Association (HARRA, pronounced "hurrah") is a nonprofit association founded in 1993 to promote running as a competitive sport and a healthful exercise in the Houston area. HARRA provides a wide variety of benefits and services to its members and to the running community, and provides the running community with a collective voice on issues that affect all runners in the Houston area.

Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is dedicated to supporting the growth of grassroots running clubs, training programs, and running events while promoting the common interests of runners throughout the United States.

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

Click HERE for more Running Clubs in the Houston area (HARRA site)


Races in the Woodlands Area

The Woodlands Marathon February 28, 2015, also includes a half marathon, a 5K run, a family 2K run, a corporate relay marathon and a health and fitness expo.

The Woodlands Township organizes several races each year.

The TWFG Muddy Trails Bash 5K/10K, April 4, 2015, courses wind through the beautiful George Mitchell Nature Preserve Trails, located on 1,800 wooded acres adjacent to Rob Fleming Park in the Village of Creekside Park. Registration opens January 1, 2015.

The CB&I TRI - The Woodlands Triathlon, May 2, 2015, is one of the premier multi-sport events in the region. It offers high-caliber competition, first-rate race management and a scenic course. Registration opens January 1, 2015.

10 For Texas (Saturday October 11th 2014) is a certified 10-mile course along Woodlands Parkway and Lake Woodlands Drive. Runners finish the race at Central Park at Market Street. There is also One for Texas, a one-mile kids run.

Run Thru the Woods is scheduled for November 27th 2014 near The Woodlands Town Center. The GE Run Thru The Woods, “Directed by the YMCA” is an annual charity event designed for all ages and levels of fitness that benefits several South Montgomery County charities including the YMCA Partners Program, the Montgomery County Humane Society, Operation Graduation, (CISD) AFJRROTC Programs and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Education Outreach Program. The event features a 5 Mile Race, 3 Mile Race, 1 Mile Kids Race and 3 Mile Walk.. Run Thru the Woods Website

Run the Woodlands 5K SeriesThe RTW 5K Series by Luke’s Locker is run on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. Starting Time: 8:00AM - Barbara Bush Elementary School, 7420 Crownridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX A bit of RTW back-story (Houston Chronicle Feb. 24, 2005)...

Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas Saturday, May 16, 2015. Athletes will begin with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Woodlands. Next is a 112-mile bike course that will take participants west through the scenic, rolling farmland of east Texas. The day ends with a 26.2-mile run course entirely within The Woodlands that concludes with a spectacular finish on Market Street.


Races NOT in the Woodlands Area

Polish Pickle Run Fourth Saturday in June, 8:00 AM for 5K. Kicks off Polish Day Festivities. WHERE: BREMOND, TEXAS (Located halfway between Waco and Bryan).


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Texas Runner & Triathlete (TRT), published monthly, is the merged successor of Inside Texas Running and Runner Triathlete News. Inside Texas Running has been serving the Texas running community for 33 years while Runner Triathlete News has been covering the endurance sports scene in Texas and our shared-border states of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana for 25 years.

EZToRegister.com offers an online database of multiple events and activities, from 5K runs and marathons, cycling races & triathlons.

My Running Times brings you results from the Houston area races, aggregated into a single and convenient location. Those results are then analyzed and rankings are produced for distances ranging from 5K to the Marathon. In addition to overall rankings, runners can be ranked in the context of their age group or by their age graded times.

My Chip Time Run-Far's Race Timing's results page for local Texas results.

Run Houston Timing Run Houston Timing's results page.

Running in the USA is the largest online directory of races, results and clubs.


Running Resources

Seven Hill Running Club Huntsville, Texas The Seven Hills Running Club was established in 1985 to promote running as a means of achieving and maintaining physical fitness in Huntsville and its surrounding communities. A great club and up to date race schedule.

Bill Dwyer Blog I’ve been a runner since the early 70’s, fairly competitive in the 80’s, ultra’s in the 90’s and not a lot since. Bill is a member of The Woodlands Running Club and also an RRCA Certified Running Coach.

Adrienne Langelier's blog Your Competitive Edge - Exploring the Mental Side of Sport and Exercise

3 minutes of motivation and inspiration A Video from Finish Strong Sports

Pace calculator Calculate your running pace per mile or kilometer with the Cool Running pace calculator.

Map My Run - Houston, Texas Houston Area running maps

Map My Run - The Woodlands, Texas The Woodlands Area running maps

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Houston TranStar Real-Time Traffic Map

Inside Texas Running (ITR) has been the magazine of choice with Texas runners and the Texas running community for 30 years.

Houston Running Calendar


Woodlands Area Running Stores

Luke's Locker - The Woodlands, TX Luke’s Locker has been serving running and fitness communities for over 25 years as the leader in specialty running, walking, fitness and multi-sport solutions. Whether the need is shoes, clothing, accessories or a top quality-training program. Located at Market Street, 9595 Six Pines, Suite 1060, The Woodlands, TX 77380, Phone: 281-419-0326

Fleet Feet Sports - A new (1/12) running store in The Woodlands area. Located next to Hooters and in front of SAM'S Club in Shenandoah, TX. At Fleet Feet Sports, you will find a welcoming environment where runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts of all abilities receive unparalleled service and support. Our Fitlosophy is to help you find the right ''FIT'' in every facet of your active lifestyle. Fleet Feet Sports, 19053 I-45, Shenandoah, TX 77385, Phone 936-321-1500.


Woodlands Area Coaching

The Dan Green Camps and Summer Programs have been a part of The Woodlands Community for over 30 years. A fun environment for the athlete as well as the instructors make for a better learning opportunity for each participant. Dan Green Camps (youth) are all the motivation young people need for explosive speed, improved agility, powerful strength, and improved quickness. NOTE - Dan Green has started an Adidas sponsored Elite running group. Check out his website for more information

Finish Strong Coaching Dana Lyons, founder of Finish Strong Coaching, has been an avid competitive athlete for over 25 years in local, national and world multisport events. Dana is the 2009 USAT SMW Regional Duathlon Champion, top ranked duatlete and top ranked master’s triathlete. Dana also competed in the 2008 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Motivated by his passion for multisport and his desire to help others, Dana launched a coaching service and for the past five years has been helping athletes of all abilities to train while maintaining balance in their family life and career. Dana’s winning strategy is to train smarter not longer.

Strike Force Racing Whether new to the sport of triathlon or a veteran, Strike Force Racing and Gena Alvarez can help you achieve your goals. New to the sport? As a coach, Gena spends additional time with you to help you understand all aspects of the sport - from the smallest detail of how to set up your transition area to the overall picture of finishing your first race. Veteran of the sport looking to increase your race distance? Gena has raced all distances of triathlon from super sprint to Ironman and knows what to expect in each race and the training leading up to the event. Looking to be faster? Gena has been developing workout programs for people since 1998.

OutRival Racing founder Michelle LeBlanc is USA Triathlon, USA Cycling and USA Track and Field certified coach. She is a former three-time All-American collegiate distance runner and professional triathlete. Michelle has teamed up with certified coaches Karen Maldonado, Matt Hemberger, Lisa Jaster and Holly Mishoe to guide and instruct triathletes, cyclists, and runners of all levels and abilities. OutRival Racing offers personal coaching, group training, tri-specific swims, and much more!

TXTRI meets during the week to meet the needs of those who need time on weekends for family schedules. We run Mon/Wed/Fri 7am in the summer and 7:30-8:30 during the school year. TXTRI offers online coaching to all marathons including trail and adventure races. Sandra Sutherland is a Triathlon/Marathon coach and has coached in The Woodlands for the last ten years. Sandra has completed all five majors and is looking forward to the newly added 6tn major in Tokyo for February 2014. Summer kick off week is Cattail Park on June 10th, 7am. Our travel fall race is Marine Corp in Washington DC for the full and Las Vegas for the Half. For more details about the group or for custom training please email Sandra: txtri@att.net

Woodlands Fit We are a group of training partners and friends preparing together for the Houston Marathon & Half & USA FIT Kickin’ Asphalt Half & Full. Even if you’ve never run a step before, training with our group will help you conquer mental and physical barriers you never thought possible. It happens all the time. We start wherever you are. Couch potato? Seasoned marathoner? Great. No matter what your conditioning or pace, there will be others to train with. Over the course of six short months, our coaches will help achieve your personal best in a non-intimidating, fun, and safe environment..

Team in Training (TNT) The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT) is the world's leading sports charity training program. TNT's dynamic, hands-on training program enables participants to realize their dream of completing a marathon, half marathon, triathlon, century ride or hike adventure.

Galloway The Woodlands - We are the Galloway Marathon and Half Marathon training program in The Woodlands organized through the South Montgomery County YMCA on Shadowbend Drive in The Woodlands, TX. Philosophically, Jeff Galloway believes that we were all designed to run and walk. His innovative ideas have opened up the possibility of running and completing a marathon to almost everyone. Our 2014 training start dates are August 2nd for Marathon and November 1st for Half Marathon. Includes a technical running shirt and Galloway training book. Our target marathon is The Woodlands Marathon on February 28, 2015 and Cowtown March 1st, 2015. Contact gallowaywoodlands@gmail.com or orlevitias@ymcahouston.org for information. Like us on Facebook: Galloway The Woodlands TX https://www.facebook.com/pages/Galloway-The-Woodlands-TX/145634445490307

Red X Running is led by TWRC member Barry Blanton. The group usually starts at 6:30am and typically runs 5 to 10 miles, there is always a 5 or 6 mile option. Distances increase leading up to local races. Their average pace ranges from 9:30 to 11:30. It is a very friendly group and anyone is welcome to run. Red X Running starts from Hubbell and Hudson Kitchen every Saturday. Start time can change. Email Barry at barry@barrydblanton.com for more information.

Volte Endurance Training strives to display Christian values, maintain high standards of excellence, promote integrity, respect the fundamental rights, dignity and worth of all participants, apply and make public our knowledge of sport in order to contribute to the community and encourage all individuals, training groups and clubs.

The Woodlands Parks and Recreation Department has several running programs in the fall. Check out for more information, schedules and prices


Other Woodlands Area Sporting Activities

Masters Swimming Our club is a USMS year round swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for adults 18 years or older of all abilities. The goal of our team is to provide every member an opportunity to improve their swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from fitness swimmer, to triathlete to competitive swimmer.

Lonestar Multisport is a triathlon club based in The Woodlands, TX. Our club serves triathletes, duathletes and other multisport enthusiasts of all abilities by offering support through contact with other athletes and the multisport community as a whole in the greater Houston - Conroe area

Woodlands Cycling Club

Bike Lane is a family owned bike shop offering, since 1995, a large selection of bicycles including road, triathlon, off-road, comfort, BMX, and kids bikes – and accessories including a variety of clothing, parts, and nutrition.

The Woodlands Trail Collectors website Join us each Thursday evening as we run or walk ALL Hike & Bike trails in The Woodlands. Each week we’ll have a different starting point and a different route. When: Thursdays 5:30 pm. Who: Walkers & Runners of all levels. Where: Each week is different. If you can’t make it Thursday evening… no problems… you have the whole week to complete the route. Just let us know and we will add your miles. More information: Facebook - The Woodlands Trail Collectors or contacting Liz Berry at lizswede@yahoo.com.


In the News

New York Times Newspaper - Health Section, Marathon stories LINK

Ironman champ: Train your brain, then your body (CNN 2-21-12) LINK

Workouts May Not Be the Best Time for a Snack (2-20-12 New York Times) LINK

GPS Watch Can Be an Unreliable Running Partner (2-20-12 New York Times) LINK

How Exercise Fuels the Brain (2-22-12 New York Times) LINK

The Once and Future Way to Run (11-2-11 New York Times) LINK

Pace City - Known more for its heat, humidity and hospitality, Houston also has cultivated a much-deserved reputation as one of the premier running towns in the country - By ROBERTA MACINNIS (6-13-11 Houston Chronicle) LINK

Phys Ed: The Benefits of Exercising Before Breakfast (12-15-10 NY Times) LINK

How to Push Past the Pain, as the Champions Do (10-18-10 NY Times) LINK

It's Time for Women to Run Faster (10-14-10 WSJ) LINK

How Bad Is McDonald's Food?(10-8-10 Huffington Post) LINK

Doctor’s Orders: Eat Well to Be Well (9-21-10 NY Times) LINK

Why Trainers Say, 'Slow Down' (9-8-10 WSJ) LINK

Phys Ed: Does Stretching Before Running Prevent Injuries? (9-1-10 NY Times) LINK

Making Marathons Even Tougher (8-17-10 WSJ) LINK

In Summer’s Heat, Watch What You Drink (6-28-10 NY Times) Link

Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin (8-9-2009 Time) Link


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