14th Annual Rockets Run Presented by Memorial Hermann Hospital


Oct 28, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Fans wait in line to enter on opening night before the Houston Rockets play the Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets 14th Annual Rockets Run

It’s that time of year again! The Houston Rockets will hold their annual Rockets Run races this Sunday, November 8th, in downtown Houston.

The race has been a big event for the city of Houston over the past few years where runners, walkers and joggers from all over the world come and participate. The Houston Rockets organization regularly looks forward to putting on events that can get the city involved and this may be the best.

The amount of fun and the people you could meet at Rockets Run are enough reason to go alone, but paired with the fact that fitness is incorporated, it hard not to want to go!

Houston is finished recovering from last week’s horrendous weather, so it will be a great time to bring your family and friends out to Toyota Center for Rockets Run! Keep reading to see where you can buy tickets, who can participate and for Sunday’s schedule.

Next: So Who All Can Run?

Oct 28, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Fans wait in line to enter on opening night before the Houston Rockets play the Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Who Can Race

There will be three different races on Sunday so that everyone feels comfortable participating.

To start the day the kid’s will have their 1K, which is just over half a mile. The race will start at 7:30AM and will be concentrated right around the Toyota Center as the kid’s will finish on the court. Parents will be encouraged to run with their small children, but will need to purchase a ticket for the 1K or already be participating in another race.

The 5K race will start at 8AM and fitness enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to participate in the event. This race has seen everyone from young teens to runners that are over 70 years old, so there are no excuses. This will be the most popular race, so get ready to see some familiar faces as well as plenty of brand new ones.

However if running doesn’t exactly suit your style then feel free to sign up for the 2 Mile Walk which will also be a ton of fun. No need to over exert yourself in this race and getting healthy and exercising never hurt anyone! This race will start 8:20AM and will lead into the post-race party and awards ceremony.

…but how do you sign up for these races? Keep reading.

Next: Time to Sign Up

Oct 28, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets mascot Clutch waves the flag before the Rockets play the Denver Nuggets on opening night at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Sign Up

Signing up to run any of the races is extremely simple. All you will need to do is click here, this will take you to the registration page where you can sign-in with Facebook or as a guest and choose the race you wish to compete in.

After selecting the race you want to run, you are given the option to donate, then choose your prizes and finally pay for the tickets.

Each ticket has been lowered to $40 in hopes of bringing out as many people as possible. The money not only goes to a fantastic cause, but the person or family attending will have a remarkable experience that will stick with them until they come back for next year’s races!

Each runner will need to pick up their packet which includes their bib number to run their race, their t-shirt and the rest of their race information.

Packets can be picked up on Thursday (Nov. 5th) between 7AM-7PM, Saturday (Nov. 7th) between 9AM-3PM or Sunday morning prior to the races. Waiting until Sunday to pick up your packet may put you behind with the long lines and parking, make sure you have a plan!

Next: What Would It Be Without A Cause?

May 23, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets fans before the game against the Golden State Warriors in game three of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Cause

Rockets Run is presented by the Memorial Hermann Insurance Company and this year’s event will help benefit Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. The hospital is a huge part of the Houston community and has helped an unfathomable amount of families.

The hospital also works with UT Health which helps make the hospital one of the best children’s hospitals in the United States. Over 120, 000 children make a visit to the center per year, so every dollar can help their cause.

Without Memorial Hermann, there wouldn’t be a Rockets Run event that families could come out to and enjoy on a fall weekend with friends and the Rockets staff. Having a connection with such a top-notch hospital and organization really helps the Rockets dig deep into the community to help everyone they can.

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Nov 2, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) celebrates against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the third quarter at Toyota Center. Rocket won 110 to 105. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone’s A Winner

The Houston Rockets and Memorial Hermann do appreciate every runner attending the event and will naturally be giving out prizes and awards.

Possibly the best gift of the day is the finish line…and no, not because you are done running. It’s because the finish line is on the home-court of the Houston Rockets. Yes, the final stretch off all three races will be completed on the same court James Harden and Dwight Howard play on!

Also with the purchase of every race ticket, the person running the race will receive a 14th Annual Rockets Run t-shirt as well as their choice of a game to attend between:

  • Wednesday, November 11th vs the Brooklyn Nets
  • Monday, November 16th vs the Boston Celtics
  • Wednesday, November 18th vs the Portland Trail Blazers

Additional tickets for family and friends that would like to attend the game with someone who ran a race will be $32. Group seating can be handled through the box office on game day.

On top of all that, each child participating in the 1K will get a participation medal and 13 different age groups from the 5K are given the chance to leave with a medal on Sunday morning. Each of the 13 groups will have a gold, silver and bronze medalist for each gender.

The post-race party will kick-off once most of the contestants from the 5K and 2 Mile Walk finish their races. The awards ceremony for handing out medals will start no later than 9:15AM and will be held across the street from Toyota Center at Roots Memorial Park on the basketball court.

Next: Rockets Run Tips

Nov 1, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Runners make their way across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the start of the New York City Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports

Final Thoughts on Rockets Run 2015

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The Houston Rockets organization has worked hard to make sure this event is the best it can possibly be and they want to see everyone out at Toyota Center this Sunday!

Who knows you may see Mayor Annise Parker, Bun B, a Houston Rockets player or two and anyone else hanging around the city Sunday morning.

The NBA season is just starting and the Rockets need everyone’s full support this year as they take another legit shot at coming out of the Western Conference and hopefully winning an NBA title.

For any other information regarding Sunday’s festivities, please refer to the Rockets Run page as well as the FAQ sheet for common questions.

You can also e-mail RocketsRun@rocketball.com or call (712)758-7701 for any specific questions that can’t be found online.

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See everyone Sunday and Go Rockets!

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