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La Porte By the Bay Half Marathon

The Highest Off-the-Ground Half Marathon in Texas


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Fee Schedule | Details | Course Map | Race Day Instructions | Hotels | Photos | Awards

Look at all the Cool Runner Benefits:
  • Long sleeve tech shirt - you must sign up by October 4, 2015 to guarantee shirt.
  • A commemorative Beanie or knit cap
  • Commemorative finisher medal
  • Aid stations every 1 1/2 to 2 miles except on the bridge (well stocked)
  • Chip timing
  • Free parking
  • Same price registration for on-line or mail in
  • Personalized/one of a kind bib (register by October 4, 2015)
  • Free massage pre- and post- race
  • Post party for ALL (not only the runners) - we never have put a limit, or limited people from going for seconds and thirds
  • Race day registration* (unless all race slots fill before race day - race is limited to 2000 runners)
  • Race day packet pickup
  • Charitable event, all proceeds after expenses donated to charity
  • Name recognition when finishing
  • Beverages at the post party
  • Five year age awards
  • Top three male female, and top masters male and female

Event Date:
Sunday November 19, 2017

Start Time: 7:30 AM

Time Limit:
Four (4) hours (Strictly enforced*).

The race will be chip timed.

*Time limit is strictly enforced! Bridge races involve special permission and cooperation by local authorities, police and emergency response, and impact motor vehicle traffic. In order to keep doing these races we must comply with the limits set by those agencies. Runners who are trailing far behind may not be allowed back on the bridge for their final loop. Runners should be past the turn around and the water station close to Mile 8 by 9:55 AM, or 2 hours and 25 minutes from the start.

Certification: TX13260ETM (2015)

All finishers will receive a medal.

Registration Entry Deadline & Fees:
See Registration Page

Packet Pick-Up:
Click here for Packet Pick-Up Schedule and Group Pick-Up Form

If you lose your bib or your chip or you forget them at home there will be a $10 charge to reissue you a new bib or chip.

Start at Sylvan Beach, travel through beautiful Main St. and Five Points Town Plaza of La Porte, get on 146 and cross the Fred Hartman Bridge into Baytown. You are half way done! Turn around and come back for a nice finish and great finish party.

Please be aware that parking is limited and car pooling is strongly suggested!

Overflow parking will be at the high school across the street from the starting point at Sylvan Beach. NOTE cars parked in the church's parking lot across from Five Point plaza will be towed.

NOTE: finish is half mile from start, and we will provide shuttle transportation back to the starting point. Parking is very limited at the finish area, take advantage of the shuttle.

Bag Drop Off:
We will have bag drop off at the start, where Volunteers will tag your bag with your bib number and will bring your bag to the finish area. You can pick your bag up at the finish when you are done with the run.

Detailed Course Description:
The race will leave from Sylvan Beach Park heading out the main entrance onto Bayshore Dr. Next the runners will take a left and head down Bayshore drive. and then take a right on Garfield St, followed by another right onto Park Dr. Continue on Park Dr. all the way back up to Fairmont, then take a right and then left back on to Bayshore as you wind around until you reach San Jacinto. You will proceed down San Jacinto about a mile and take a right onto Broadway.

Proceed down Broadway through the Main street intersection until you reach Barbours Cut where you will take a left and head towards the frontage road along Hwy 146. Take a right on the frontage road and head towards the Hartman Bridge . About 4.5 miles into the race a ramp will be built to take the runners over the bridge guard rail, and down at the base of the bridge.

The runners will proceed over the bridge and take Hwy 146 business to the Wyoming intersection. Then the runners will take a right into the boat ramp where the runners will loop through the parking lot and come back out and back track on the same route.

The finish will be at Five Points Town Plaza which is the intersection of Main, Broadway and San Jacinto, less than one mile from the start at Sylvan Beach.

The post race party with food and refreshments will be at the finish line (Five Points Plaza). Transportation back to Sylvan Beach will be provided by City of La Porte, and The Bridge Over Troubled Water.Bag Drop off will be provided - for your convenience all bags will be transported to the finish line.

Water/Aid Stations:
All stations will have at least water and Lemon Lime flavor Gatorade, some stations might have other goodies as well.
Locations: Start and Finish, plus every 2 miles;
NOTE: there will be no water stations on the Bridge!
Mile Markers at every mile

Port-A-Johns: will be at Start/finish and all aid stations.

Course Map:
Complete Course Map - PDF

Race Day Intsructions:
Click here for Race Day Instructions in PDF format

Host Hotel:
Comfort Suites La Porte
902 S. 8th Street
La Porte TX 77571
(281) 842-9200
Special rate of $75.00 + tax for La Porte By the Bay Half Marathon runners.
They offer a full HOT breakfast.
To get the special rate, call the property direct at (281) 842-9200 and tell the reservation person that you are with the La Porte By the Bay Half Marathon.

Additional hotels in the area are listed at Visit La Porte website: http://www.visitlaportetx.com/hotels

Official Race Photos will be vailable at www.RaceShots.net

Awards ceremony will be at 10:00 AM on race day.

Cash prizes:
Top Overall Male and Female - $150
Second Overall Male and Female - $100
Third Overall Male and Female - $75
Top Overall Masters Male and Female (40 and over) - $75
Top Overall Grandmasters Male and Female (50 and over) - $50
Top Overall Senior Grandmasters Male and Female (60 and over) - $50
1st - 3rd Place Male and Female
14 and under

Awards will be handed out the day of the race only. No awards will be mailed.

All Perk Points will be awarded after results are declared official or a week after the race has concluded, which ever comes later.

If there is an unforeseen circumstance that prevents awards from being picked up on race day, awards may be picked up at a designated location, usually one of the packet pick-up locations. Check with us after the race via Contact form.

Overall and Masters winners (top male and female) will be based on gun time.  Age group awards for top males and females will be based on chip time. No double-dipping.

No Duplication of Awards

Race To Benefit:
The Bridge over Troubled Water better known as "The Bridge"
"The mission of The Bridge is to offer support, provide safety, and prevent domestic and sexual violence."

Our Fantastic Sponsors: RRCA Regional Championship Race
City of LaPorte Miller Lite Pepsi Airrosti Provider
New Balance Houston Fast Track On the Run, Texas Cast Store