Check Out Your 2019/2020 Series Race Swag!

The 2019/2020 Bayou City Half Series kicks off this November with the 2019 Cypress Half Marathon. Check out the great finisher medals and swag you will be getting at each race!

Finisher Medals!

There is no better reward for your hard work and effort than a nice, shiny finisher medal to show off to your friends and family!

All runners at each race will receive a custom designed, event specific medal after they cross the finish line. These heavy duty medals will look great hanging around your neck or hanging on your wall! We have demo units on the way as we speak, and will post pictures to social media as soon as we have them.

Half Marathon Medals

5K Medals

Kids 1K Medals


Event Shirts!

All participants at each race will receive an event shirt at packet pickup. Our 2019/2020 event shirts will be a soft cotton/poly blend with a custom design! These shirts will be available in gender specific sizing, as well as Youth sizes.

2019 Cypress Half Marathon Shirt

2020 Katy Half Marathon Shirt

2020 Vintage Park Half Marathon


Exclusive Half Marathon Finisher Shirts!


Finishers of the Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay (both participants) or Virtual Half Marathon at each race will receive an exclusive finisher shirt in addition to their event shirt. The finisher shirts will be long sleeve tech material and feature a limited 2019/2020 finisher design. These shirts will be available in gender specific sizing.

2019 Cypress Half - Exclusive Half Marathon Finisher Shirt

2020 Katy Half - Exclusive Half Marathon Finisher Shirt

2020 Vintage Park Half - Exclusive Half Marathon Finisher Shirt

Finding Your Bib (Registration) Number

To find your bib number you can either check your confirmation email from when you registered for the race or you can look it up on you RunSignUp profile page. When you log in to RunSignUp just follow the three steps below.

Step 1. Click PROFILE at the top of the page. 

Step 2. Once on your profile you will see your personal information at the top of the page, as well as any upcoming races you are registered for below.

Step 3. Find the race you are wanting to see your bib number for and click MANAGE REGISTRATION. 

If you have been assigned a bib number, it will be listed on the main Manage Registration page. 

Changing Your Shirt Size

Changing or updating your shirt size is an option available to participants up to certain deadline, generally 4 weeks before the race. You can update your shirt size through your RunSignUp profile page by following the steps below. 

Step 1. Login to your RunSignUp account and click PROFILE. 

Step 2. Once on your profile you will see your personal information at the top of the page, as well as any upcoming races you are registered for below. 

Step 3. Find the race you are looking to change and click MANAGE REGISTRATION. 

Step 4. Click the GIVEAWAY tab in the top menu bar and select your new shirt size from the dropdown menu. Once complete press CONTINUE to confirm your change. 

If the option to change your shirt size is not listed under the Giveaway tab, the deadline to change your shirt size has passed.

Updating Your Registration

Once you've registered for a race you can update certain things like your shirt size, answers to registration questions, registration add-ons, etc. by visiting your RunSignUp profile and selecting Manage Registration under the race you'd like to update. Some items have deadlines where updates can no longer be made. Once a deadline has passed you cannot change that section of your registration. 

To update your registration follow the steps below after logging in to you RunSignUp account. 

Step 1. Click PROFILE at the top of the page. 

Step 2. Once on your profile you will see your personal information at the top of the page, as well as any upcoming races you are registered for below. 

Step 3. Find the race you are looking to change and click MANAGE REGISTRATION.

After you've clicked Manage Registration you can see all the options available to manage in the menu bar at the top of the page. If an option is not available, the deadline for changing/updating that option has passed. 

Changing Race Distance / Transferring to the Virtual Race

When updating your registration you can easily process a change in race distance or transfer your registration to/from the virtual race. The option to change your race distance is generally available until one month before the event, and the option to change to or from the virtual race is 2 weeks prior to the event. 

NOTE: At this time, our registration platform does not allow transfers into or out of the Half Marathon Relay. If you are wishing to transfer in or out of the Half Marathon Relay, please reach out to support@bchalfseries.com for assistance.

To change your race distance or transfer to the virtual race log in to your RunSignUp account and follow the steps below. 

Step 1. Click PROFILE at the top of the page. 

Step 2. Once on your profile you will see your personal information at the top of the page, as well as any upcoming races you are registered for below.

Step 3. Find the race you are looking to change and click MANAGE REGISTRATION.

Step 4. Click TRANSFER EVENT in the upper menu bar at the top of the page, and you will be taken to an event transfer page. Click the START TRANSFER button to walk through the process. If the option to transfer is not available, then the deadline to process the change has passed. 

Race Policies & Etiquette

Our goal at all Bayou City Half Marathon Series events is to ensure runners of all ages and skill levels have a great race experience from start to finish. To help in the promotion of that goal we've put together some race polices and etiquette guidelines to help educate new runners and remind experienced runners of some of the best practices when running in our events or any other event.

RACE POLICIES

The following are policies that are put in place for every Bayou City Half Marathon Series event. Failure to follow these policies may result in disqualification from this and future events. 

  1. All runners must listen to and follow instructions provided by race crew and police officers at all times.

  2. All runners on the course must be registered for the event and wear their assigned race bib. If any runner is found on the race course without their bib they will be disqualified and/or banned from future events.

  3. There are no dogs or other animals allowed on the course at any time during the race.

  4. There are no rollerskates, rollerblades, skateboards, bikes, or any other wheeled devices or vehicles allowed on the course unless you are part of the course crew.

  5. Jogging strollers are allowed, however, for the safety of your child and the other runners around you, we do ask that you start towards the back of the starting group.

  6. It is crucial to be aware of your surroundings at all times while on the race course, and important that you are able to hear other runners and race officials. If you do wear headphones we have a "one in one out" policy to ensure you are able to hear instructions provided by race crew and police officers. Those found violating this will be asked to take one out. Runners who choose to run while wearing headphones must assume full responsibility for their use.

  7. Be courteous to race volunteers, staff, and other participants.

RUNNING ETIQUETTE & ADDITIONAL POLICIES

The following items are running etiquette and additional policies for the events. 

BEFORE THE START

  • Read the entire race website for race details. 99% of all questions we receive from participants can be answered by reviewing the event website. We try to include as much information about the race as possible. If we notice many of the same questions being asked that aren't on the website, we do our best to add that info for future races.

  • Read every email we send leading up to the race. We try to maintain a consistent and open line of communication with all participants. The emails we send contain important race information and, occasionally, updates to information that was listed on the event websites. We try to make sure the information on the sites are as complete as possible but the nature of event production means that changes can and do happen.

PACKET PICKUP

  • Pickup your packet at one of our scheduled packet pickup sessions. We try to make packet pickup as convenient as possible and work with our packet pickup partner(s) to provide the best experience for all involved. Generally, we'll have a single packet pickup location with multiple days. Please note, there is no race morning packet pickup for Bayou City Half Series events unless you purchase this option as an add on. Unless you have purchased this add on in advance, you MUST pick up your packet at one of the scheduled sessions prior to race morning.

  • Have your confirmation email or other email with your registration QR code ready when its your turn in line. Scanning the QR code on your confirmation email is the fastest way to get through packet pickup because our system automatically pulls up your registration information when we scan the code. If you are picking up multiple packets you should have the QR codes for all packets you are picking up.

  • Be courteous to race volunteers, staff, and other participants. Our race crew works hard to put on great events for you and we do everything we can to mitigate issues before they arise but sometimes there are issues that pop up. Please remember that nothing was or is ever intentionally done to negatively impact your experience . Our staff will work diligently to resolve any issue so please remain courteous and follow their instructions.

RACE MORNING

  • Pin your bib to the front of your shirt or shorts on your outermost layer of clothing. Your race bib must be visible at all times while you are on the course. You must where the race bib that was assigned to you. Failure you wear a correct bib could cause many issues and may result in disqualification from the event and future events.

  • Arrive early. Race morning can be hectic so please make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the race site and to the start chute by the schedule start time. There will most likely be additional traffic and road closures in the area surrounding the race site so make sure you include extra time from your normal commute to the race area.

  • Be courteous to race volunteers, staff, and other participants. Our race crew works hard to put on great events for you and we do everything we can to mitigate issues before they arise but sometimes there are issues that pop up. Please remember that nothing was or is ever intentionally done to negatively impact your experience . Our staff will work diligently to resolve any issue so please remain courteous and follow their instructions.

START LINE

  • Seed yourself according to your pace. We do not use corrals to seed runners but we do have pace signs to assist with self-seeding. The pace signs will be visible in the start chute, so please seed yourself based on your estimated race pace.

  • LISTEN TO ANNOUNCEMENTS. Just before the race is where we make some of the most important last minute announcement. Please pay attention to our announcer so you have the latest information.

  • Be respectful during the National Anthem. Before every race we play the National Anthem. Regardless of your personal beliefs please be respectful of those around you during the playing of the National Anthem.

ON THE COURSE

  • Be aware of your surrounding. While running or waling you should be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the race crew or police officers working the event. Even with closed running lanes, vehicles can sometimes get on the course so being aware of your surroundings will make for a safe event for everyone.

  • LISTEN TO RACE CREW, VOLUNTEERS, AND POLICE OFFICERS. Instructions provided by the race crew, volunteers, and police officers must be followed. The instructions provided may be as simple as ensuring running etiquette is maintained, but may also be safety-related.

  • Run or walk no more than two abreast and stay to the right. We are fortunate that most of our courses include at least one closed traffic lane for runners, but keep in mind there may be runners coming up from behind you or a race vehicle needing to get by. Do not block other runners by swerving across the course.

  • YOU MUST YIELD TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND POLICE OFFICER INSTRUCTIONS. Emergency vehicles have the right-of-way no matter what permits we have to close the roads, so always yield to emergency vehicles. We have a duty to the communities we run in to be courteous and mitigate any delays. Police officers working the course will do their best to allow runners to have the right of way but in the event of heavy traffic they may need to delay runners for a short period of time (15 second to 1 minute) to alleviate some traffic.

For additional general running etiquette information check out this awesome article put together by the Road Runners Association of America, http://www.rrca.org/education/etiquette-for-runners

We strive to provide a great experience from start to finish and having these items listed will make the experience great for everyone. Thank you for your continued support and we're looking forward to hosting you at our races. 

If you have any additions you'd like to see to our etiquette list please shoot us an email through our CONTACT PAGE. We'll be continually updating this list as new items come up. 

2018/2019 BCHS Swag Announcement

The 2018/2019 Bayou City Half Series kicks off this November with the 4th annual Cypress Half Marathon. Check out all the great swag you'll be receiving at each race. 

HALF MARATHON & RELAY SHIRTS

Half marathon and relay participants will receive a Champion race tech shirt with the custom 2018/2019 BCHS design handed out at packet pickup. The back of the shirts will include the names of all race participants that register by the deadlines listed below!

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HALF MARATHON & RELAY FINISHER ITEMS

At the finish line, half marathon and relay finishers (both team members) will receive a custom finisher tumbler mug and a HUGE finisher's medal. We have demo units on the way and will post to social media when we have them in hand. 

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5K & KIDS 1K SHIRTS

5K and Kids 1k participants will receive a custom designed event shirt at packet pickup. 

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5K & KIDS 1K FINISHER MEDALS

5k and Kids 1k finishers will receive a custom finisher medal, created specifically for your completed race, at the finish line. 

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RACE BIBS

All participants will receive a custom race number personalized with your chosen message at packet pickup. The race numbers also include double bib tags for accurate timing and results. Participant must be registered by the following deadlines for custom message (or name) inclusion:

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Race Awards & Divisions

At all BCHS events awards will be given in the following categories. 

HALF MARATHON & 5K OVERALL

For the half marathon, awards will be given for 1st through 3rd place for male and female overall winners; 1st place overall Masters division (40+) male and female; and 1st place Grand Masters (50+) male and female.

For the 5k, awards will be given for the 1st overall male and female winners, 1st place Masters (40+) male and female,  and 1st place Grand Masters (50+) male and female. 

Overall winners are not eligible for additional age group awards listed below. 

HALF MARATHON & 5K AGE GROUP

Age group awards will be given three places deep (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) for the male and female half marathon and 5k winners in the following age groups based on race day age:

  • 14 & Under
  • 15 to 19
  • 20 to 24
  • 25 to 29
  • 30 to 34
  • 35 to 39
  • 40 to 44
  • 45 to 49
  • 50 to 54
  • 55 to 59
  • 60 to 64
  • 65 to 69
  • 70 & Over

HALF MARATHON RELAY

Awards will be given to both relay team member that place in the top three (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) of the following categories: 

  • All male team
  • All female team
  • Mixed team

KIDS 1K AGE GROUP

Age group awards will be given three deep (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) for boys and girls in the following age groups based on race day age:

  • 6 & Under
  • 7 to 9
  • 10 to 12

2017 Katy Half Race Date Change

Due to circumstances beyond our control, and dictated by an increased demand on local law enforcement in the wake of Super Bowl LI, we have been FORCED to move the date of the event to Saturday, February 11th.

Race management was initially assured that there would be an adequate number of officers available to ensure the safety of our runners.  However, recent policies enacted by ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES in the Greater Houston area to counter the elevated security needs have left personnel unavailable to work outside events.

The Bayou City Half Marathon Series is committed to producing events which conform to the highest standards with respect to the safety of our runners, and are unable to guarantee this on Super Bowl weekend.  We are not happy that we have to make this difficult decision, but it is one that we have been forced to make.  

We hope most of you are able to adjust your schedules and join us the following weekend in Katy, but for those who absolutely cannot, WE WILL OFFER YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRANSFER YOUR ENTRY TO EITHER THE VIRTUAL RACE FOR THE KATY HALF, OR TO EITHER OF OUR OTHER HALF MARATHONS TAKING PLACE IN CALENDAR YEAR 2017.  This includes the Vintage Park Half Marathon on April 9, 2017 and the Cypress Half Marathon on November 12th.  Registration for the Vintage Park Half is currently open, and registration for the Cypress Half will be open shortly.  PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF YOUR OPTIONS AND WHAT YOU NEED TO DO AT THIS POINT.

Understand that this decision, while difficult to have to relay to our runners, is one that absolutely had to be made given the circumstances dictated us by local law enforcement.  Our hands are tied, and we appreciate your understanding in this difficult situation. At this point, your options are:

1.) Run the Katy Half Marathon on February 11, 2017. You don't need to do anything.

2.) Transfer to the virtual race. Details about the virtual race can be found at http://bchalfseries.com/virtual. See instructions on how to transfer below.

3.) Transfer your entry to the 2017 Vintage Park Half Marathon or the 2017 Cypress Half Marathon.

If you would like to either transfer your entry to the virtual race or to another Bayou City Half Series event as listed in options 2 and 3 above, you must do so no later than 11:59pm on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Instructions to Transfer to the Virtual Race

If you would like to transfer to the virtual race you can do so through your RunSignUp profile page, selecting My Registered Races, clicking Manage Registration, and selecting the Transfer Event tab. If you registered prior to us transitioning over to RunSignUp you may need to first claim your registration through the Find a Participant tab. For detailed tutorials about changing or updating your registration please see the links below. 

Instructions to Transfer Entry to Vintage Park or Cypress Half

If you would like to transfer your entry to the 2017 Vintage Park Half Marathon or Cypress Half Marathon you can do so by completing the Transfer Request Form. We'll process all transfer requests on 1/30/2017 and you will receive a confirmation email for the new race once it's complete.