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Where to shop for gear:

The big sporting goods chain stores in the area are Academy, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sun and Ski Sports, and REI. Certainly, any of these should do just fine if you need a Clif Bar or a pair of socks.

Here's a list of full-service running specialty stores in the Houston area:
Where to get your run in when you're inside Loop 610:
  • Memorial Park -- 6501 Memorial Drive, near IH-610 and IH-10. As close as there is to an epicenter of the Houston running community. The 2.9-mile crushed gravel loop surrounding the golf course is extremely popular.
  • Hermann Park / Rice University -- a 2-mile path surrounding the Hermann golf course has a connector trail to the university campus, where a 3 miles of pedestrian pathways along Main Street, Rice and Sunset Boulevards have joggers as a common sight. The Gorgeous Gael at 5555 Morningside is the meeting spot for the BON Running Club which traverses the Rice loop regularly.
  • Buffalo Bayou Park / Eleanor Tinsley Park / Sam Houston Park -- greenbelt along Buffalo Bayou heading upstream from downtown Houston. Covering ground from Bagby Street to Shepherd Drive and back again will net you a seven-or-so-mile loop over rolling fields with some of the best views of the downtown skyline.
Where to get your run in when you're on the west side:
  • Terry Hershey Park -- 15200 Memorial Drive, but in reality, this is basically the ribbon of greenbelt alongside Buffalo Bayou that stretches more than six miles from State Highway 6 to the Sam Houston Tollway/Beltway 8. Parking available where the hike/bike trail meets Highway 6, Memorial Mews, Dairy Ashford, and Beltway 8.
Other links that may be of interest:
  • HARRA -- Houston Area Road Runners Assocation, the umbrella group for clubs and organizations and a Road Runners of America affiliate.
  • Houston Airport System -- Latest updates about getting in and out of Bush/IAH or Hobby/HOU. 
  • Houston TranStar -- Current freeway conditions for those ready to race Houston traffic. 
  • Metro -- Operator of local bus and light rail service in this city
  • Houston Press and Houstonia -- Two good sites to look up where/how you'll celebrate after your next great race in Houston.
Hosting a Houston-area race? Here are some locally-based running event service providers:

Page last reviewed 14 Nov 2017