Marathon alert: be prepared for detours, noise (and a bit of inspiration)

The Chevron Houston Marathon will thunder through West University Sunday morning, bringing with it an official celebration outside City Hall, road closings and detours — and a chance to see 27,000 runners give it their all for 26.2 miles in temperatures in the low 40s.

The course winds along University Boulevard from Kirby to Weslayan, where it takes a right and proceeds to Westpark Drive. Streets will be closed at 6:30 a.m. and are expected to be restricted until 10:30 a.m. — although runners continue to straggle through. West U police are asking that cars along the route be removed prior to the runners’ arrival.

Festivities take place outside the Municipal Building at University and Auden from about 7:15-9:15 a.m. to provide an official West U greeting for the runners with live music, and the public is invited to join in the cheering there and along the route. Altogether, some 250,000 spectators are expected to line the route from its start to its end in downtown Houston.

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