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The Houston Striders - Running Houston Since 1985

The Houston Striders are a Houston-wide running club. Our 200+ members range from walkers to Boston-qualified marathoners, ultra-marathoners, and Ironman finishers.

Our membership includes males and females who are single and those who have families. While we are very serious about running and fitness, we always emphasize fun, service and friendship.

Striders run – The Houston Striders are active participants in road races in the metropolitan Houston area. We also have strong representation at our favorite out-of-town races, including the Corpus Christi Beach-to-Bay Marathon Relay and the Texas Indepedence Relay.  Look for our tent at many local races, especially those which are part of the HARRA Race Series.

Four times per year the membership votes on a “Strider Race of the Quarter”. All Striders completing the selected local race receive $15 of their entry fee paid by the club (must also be HARRA members to receive the refund). What a good deal!

Striders train – We have group training four times per week in both the inner loop and the west side.  The Club also holds a Strider Warmup Series each Fall with 5 events including the annual Tour de Hershey, an 18 mile November romp through Terry Hershey Park and a 21 mile “Longest Long Run” before the Houston marathon.

Striders give - We use proceeds from our club-organized Luke's Locker/Koala Health and Wellness Half Marathon to donate to the community.  We have helped improve our community by donating over $400,000 to the Houston Parks Board, the Memorial Park Conservancy, local schools, and non-profit institutions.

Striders volunteer – The lifeblood of our club is the Houston Half Marathon, sponsored by Koala/Luke’s Locker. We provide all race management and scores of volunteers for the Half Marathon. We also manage the water station at mile 21.5 of the Chevron Houston Marathon, making us the only running club with such duties.

Striders play – Our social calendar is full of opportunities to have fun in non-running settings. We have a quarterly PBR (Pizza, Beer, and Runners) at Luke's Locker, during which time attendees receive a 20% discount on in-store purchases.  We also have regular pub runs and a Winter Holiday Party.

The club has four quarterly meetings with free food and beverages.  Usually held at a local brewery, this gives a chance for everyone to meet, greet, learn new goings-on at the club, and socialize.

Striders keep in touch – In addition to our website, you can receive and share news about the club via our Facebook group.

Please come join us, all are welcome! Annual membership is $20 for individuals, $30 for household. For further information on the Houston Striders please email the president, Bob Schamus at