Race routes, traffic pattern changes: What to expect during The Woodlands Marathon on March 7

The Woodlands Marathon features full, half- and relay marathon races expected to affect traffic patterns in throughout The Woodlands on March 7. (Courtesy The Woodlands Marathon)
The Woodlands Marathon features full, half- and relay marathon races expected to affect traffic patterns in throughout The Woodlands on March 7. (Courtesy The Woodlands Marathon)

The Woodlands Marathon features full, half- and relay marathon races expected to affect traffic patterns in throughout The Woodlands on March 7. (Courtesy The Woodlands Marathon)

Thousands of runners are expected to race through The Woodlands on March 7 for The Woodlands Marathon. The annual event, featuring a full marathon, half-marathon and marathon relay, will affect traffic patterns throughout the township from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The races will kick off on Lake Robbins Drive at Town Green Park and wrap up along The Woodlands Waterway near The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Runners in the full marathon will first head south down Grogans Mill Road to Sawdust Road before heading back north up Glen Loch Drive. The course then weaves west through The Woodlands to Terramont Drive, where runners will head north and back east to Kuykendahl Road. The race then heads east along Lake Woodlands Drive toward the Town Center finish line. The full marathon route with mile markers may be viewed here.

Half-marathon participants will head north from the start line on Grogans Mill Road then take Research Forest Drive west to Kuykendahl Road. Runners will then head south before taking Lake Woodlands Drive back east to the Town Center finish line. The full half-marathon route may be viewed here.

The marathon organizers recommend that drivers take alternate routes in The Woodlands on March 7 and map their routes in the area in advance of race day. Approximately 15- to 30-minute delays are expected on roads near the race routes March 7, including additional 5 minute delays at intersections, and only residential traffic is recommended around the course during the race.


Travel routes open on race day include:

Northbound

Kuykendahl Road, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Woodloch Forest Drive, 7-11:30 a.m.

FM 2978, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

I-45, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Southbound

Woodloch Forest Drive, 7-11:30 a.m.

FM 2978, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

I-45, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Westbound

Research Forest Drive, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Lake Woodlands Drive, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; east and west traffic flow from Lake Front Circle

Eastbound

Hwy. 242, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Woodlands Parkway, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Lake Woodlands Drive, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; one lane only

Roads on both the marathon and half-marathon routes are expected to reopen throughout the day as runners progress along the course. Estimated reopening times along the marathon route may be viewed here, and estimated reopening times along the half-marathon route may be viewed here.

Local businesses and neighborhoods will remain accessible throughout the event, according to the organizers.

Parking for runners will be available at the pavilion's colored lots, while spectator parking will be available in two garages off of Waterway Square Place. Volunteer and VIP parking will be available off of Six Pines Drive. A map of race day parking locations may be viewed here.

More information about The Woodlands Marathon can be found on the event website or by calling 281-939-7490.
By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 and is a reporter for The Woodlands edition.


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