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Day After the End of the World Marathon
Date:        Saturday, December 22, 2012    
Time:       8:00 A.M. Marathon start      8:15 A.M. Half Marathon start                  
Location:  Between Highway 59 and FM 1960
Address:   20550 Townsen Blvd - Humble, TX 77338

Practice Run 12/9/12 8am at the race site 20550 Townsen Blvd, Humble TX 77338.  All are welcome.  No medals, but lots of fun.   No fee unless you would like to buy the shirt.  Sample of the Preparing for the End of the World shirt (click here). Short sleeve pre-shrunk 50/50 poly-cotton shirt. Can be purchased for $10 cash or check at the practice run on Sunday, 12/9/12 starting at 7am or $12 to mail.  Email steveboone@aol.com to order. 

Important Information: For the pessimistic marathoners, we suggest you sign up for the End of the World Marathon on Friday, December 21, 2012.   (click here for more information) Those who do both the End of the World Marathon/Half and the Day After the End of the World Marathon/Half will receive a special two-sided 3 inch diameter comemorative coin (for the first 500 who register for both).

Entry fee:
All events:  $65.00 thru 4/30/12    $75.00 5/1/12-9/30/12     $85.00 10/1/12-11/30/12   $90.00 12/1/12-race day  

Registration: Online registration is closed.  If you want to run the race, please print out an application, fill it out, sign the release, and bring a check or cash for $90 to the race site on Thursday from 3-6pm or before 7:30am on race day.  To print a paper application (click here).     

Marathon (26.2 miles-4 loops) 
Half Marathon (13.1 miles-2 loops) 

Course description:
Four loops on hard packed dirt roads through the woods in Humble, TX.  There are no street crossings.
Click here for MAPS          Course Map & Elevation Profile


From Highway 59, take the FM 1960 exit or Townsen Blvd exit.  The course is located along Townsen Blvd. just north of FM 1960E. 

Packet pickup and race day registration:
Packet pickup Thursday 3 PM to 6 PM at the race site. 20550 Townsen Blvd - Humble, TX 77338
Packet pickup starts at 6:30 AM on race day at the race site.    20550 Townsen Blvd - Humble, TX 77338
Timing chip pickup starts at 6:30 AM on race day at the race site.

Temperatures may vary from 32 to 60 degrees. Typically you can expect 40 degree weather.

Air Travel:
The closest airport is IAH- George Bush Intercontinental Airport-Houston, TX (less than 10 miles).  The next closest airport is HOU-William P. Hobby Airport-Houston, TX (31 miles).  Car rental is necessary because the hotels do not have shuttle service to the race site.  Most major airlines have service to Houston, TX. 


Comfort Suites-Kingwood 22223 Hwy 59N Humble, TX 77339        Race Headquarter Hotel                                                                
Reservations: 281-359-4448  . 
Price: $84.99 for a queen double or king double. 
Includes complimentary hot breakfast.  Late checkout available on request.

Candlewood Suites-Kingwood/Humble/IAH, 291 Kingwood Medical Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
Marathon Rate: $69 
Mention After the End of the World Marathon to request this rate and a 3pm checkout.
24 Hour free shuttle, free laundry, pool with gazebo, Jacuzzi, gas grill, free wireless internet, business center, off freeway for safety and security.

Country Inn & Suites-Humble 20611 U.S. 59, Humble TX 77338
Reservations:  281-446-4977
Price: $89.99 for one king or two queen suite
Includes free hot breakfast and complimentary shuttle to IAH.

Fairfield Inn Marriott, 20525 Hwy 59 N, Humble, TX
Reservations 281-540-3311  $84.99 double queen or 1 King, all rooms non smoking, includes Continental breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub, free wireless internet 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Kingwood, 22675 Hwy 59 N, Kingwood, TX 77339
Reservations: 281-359-2700 Includes free, hot breakfast.   $69 for single or double


The course is not USATF certified and is not a Boston qualifier because Boston 2013 will not take place because of the end of the world.                       

Timing will be provided by Run Houston Timing www.runhoustonmarathon.net  
Chips will be available for pickup starting at 6:30 am on race morning at the race site.  20550 Townsen Blvd - Humble, TX 77338

Race limit:
The race has a limit of 700 participants.     Check your registration

Time Limit:
This event is walker and velocity challenged participant friendly.  Time limit is 9 hours.  An early start is not necessary because there is no reason to hurry to the end of the world.

T-shirts, medals, and stuff:
Each participant and volunteer will receive a unisex short sleeve technical shirt.  Each registered participant will receive a goody bag. Each finisher will receive a 1.1 pound, 6 inch Mayan medal.   (The finisher medals are a secret until race day and befitting the End of the World as the Mayans saw it). 

Pre-race Announcements and National Anthem:
Race announcements, introductions, and instructions will start at 7:45.  The marathon will start at 8:00 AM sharp.

Aid Stations:

There will be water and sports drink available every 2.0 miles at each of the aid stations. There are snacks available at the start/finish aid station (every 6.5 miles).   Portable toilets are located at the start and at each aid station.

Bag Drop:
There will be an area near the starting line where you can leave a drop bag that is easily accessible from the race course.


Each finisher will receive a critter with the official finishing position hanging around its neck.  Don't blame us if you have a very slow critter. There are no age group awards because every runner is special. Those who do both the End of the World Marathon/Half and the Day After the End of the World Marathon/Half will receive a special two-sided 3 inch diameter comemorative coin (available for the first 500 who register for both races).

Post race:
A pizza picnic lunch is provided after the race with fresh pizza being delivered every hour starting at 10:00 AM.  Also, snacks, fruit, cookies, chips, and soft drinks are available while you cheer on the other runners as they finish.

Finishing results will be available on the website.

Refund, Transfers and Carry Forward:
There are no refunds because of the end of the world
*If you have a friend that would be willing to take your place, we will transfer your entry to them for a $5 irritation fee.  Please request transfers by December 10th. No transfers after December 15th.
*If you would like to donate your entry to one of our military people on the wait list, we will do it for no fee.  Please let us know asap so that we can notify a military person on our wait list.

Race Photography:
Photos from the Preparing for the End of the World run on 12/9/12. (album)

Photos by raceshots.net  Log on to www.raceshots.net to view your race photos within three days of the event. Questions? Contact the raceshots.net staff at orders@raceshots.net .

Photos from the End of the World from Steve & Paula Boone (album)

Photos from After the End of the World from Steve & Paula Boone (album)

Does your company have free samples they would like to provide to 1,000 (very appreciative) runners??  If so, we would be very happy to include your items in our race packets.  Runners really love freebies!  Just drop us a line and we'll do the rest.  steveboone@aol.com

If you know of an adult who wants to volunteer, please include their name and shirt size with your application or send us an email. steveboone@aol.com

We have marathoners traveling to Texas from out of the country.  We have had folks ask for rides to/from the race course.  If you are willing to be a contact for "shuttle service", please send us an email and we'll list you as a contact for our marathoners.  steveboone@aol.com

Press Coverage:
Karen Michelson wrote an article for Running Room about both events. (article)