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Thousands Participate, Course Cut Short in The Woodlands Marathon

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Thousands came out to participate, volunteer, and cheer at The Woodlands Marathon on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The event included a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5-kilometer race and 2-kilometer Fun Run/Walk.

The marathon is one of the largest athletic events in Montgomery County and had nearly 9,000 runners participate in the 2017 event, raising over $150,000 with both an economic and traffic impact. Read more about the marathon road closures.

Watch the start of the Marathon and Half Marathon race at 7 am, brought to you LIVE by Hello Woodlands:

As participants completed the race, each were greeted at the finish line with cheering fans, a medal, and a “Finish Strong, Finish Festival” celebration at Town Green Park with vendors, food and beverages, and fun activities.

Visit the Hello Woodlands Facebook page to view more photos and videos!

On March 5, The Woodlands Marathon Management released a statement stating that the lead motorcycle inadvertently directed the lead cyclist to skip the second turn on the full marathon course. It was determined that this error cut .8 miles off the official certified USA Track and Field course after reviewing the incident with race officials.

For runners looking to qualify for the 2018 Boston Marathon, The Woodlands Marathon Management has contacted the Boston Athletic Association to see if the times can be adjusted and submitted for qualification. They are currently reviewing times with their official timer and adjusting those times accordingly.

“We are extremely disappointed in this outcome,” said Willie Fowlkes, Race Director, The Woodlands Marathon. “We will do everything in our power to assist those trying to submit qualifying times to the Boston Athletic Association for the 2018 event.”

UPDATE – March 9. 2017: