Chevron Houston Marathon 2022 marks the debut of Memorial Park tunnels as part of the runners route

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The tunnels built for Memorial Park’s land bridge are scheduled to open to traffic this spring.

Chevron Houston Marathon runners get a sneak peek this Sunday. Eyewitness news taught the south tunnel will be used as part of the race.

Randy Odinet of the Memorial Park Conservancy said that with construction on track, they’ve been thinking about the idea with the Houston Marathon Committee. They researched it and found that it was possible.

“Can they go through the tunnels?” Odinet remembered. “It works very well. The level of completion of the road works is falling into place to place runners there safely.”

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Wade Morehead of the Houston Marathon Committee welcomed the addition to this year’s race. He called it a perfect match given the marathon’s history with Memorial Park.

“We are very, very excited to be the first to go through the tunnel,” said Morehead. “Our relationship with Memorial Park dates back to 1972, when the first marathon was held, with just over 100 runners running through the park.”

The land bridge is part of a $70 million project that includes prairie restoration. It is planned to be completed and opened to the public by the end of the year.

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