Bayou City Classic 10K & 5K Fun Run

Sat March 4, 2023 Houston, TX 77002 US Directions

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Additional race information can be found at


Hermann Square, 900 Bagby St
Houston, TX US 77002


The 46th Annual Bayou City Classic 10K and 5k Fun Run

Powered by lululemon

March 4, 2023


The 46th running of the Bayou City Classic 10K, Texas' oldest 10K race, will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 8AM (Hand-Cycle/Pushrim start is 7:50AM). The 5K Fun Run/Walk will start at 8:20AM (Hand-Cycle/Pushrim start is 8:15AM).

 The event takes place in the heart of downtown Houston (Hermann Square adjacent to City Hall). We are also offering a virtual option for those who wish to participate with the same purpose and enthusiasm from afar.  This is a family-friendly, all-inclusive event. We invite EVERYONE to participate.  Wheelchair/Pushrim participants are welcomed and encouraged. Full race details at


We are please to announce our new partnership with presenting sponsor lululemon.  The first 1500 registrants will receive a high quality gender-specific lululemon race shirt with the distinctive Bayou City Classic logo designed by local artist and runner April Murphy.

  • Women: lululemon Swiftly Short-Sleeve Seamless ($68 retail value)
  • Men: lululemon Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve Shirt 2.0 ($78 retail value)

Race shirts will be distributed at Packet Pickup. Preferred sizing available at packet pickup on a first-come-first-served basis.  

Those participants who do not receive a lululemon gender-specific shirt will still receive a technical shirt bearing the Bayou City Classic logo. Virtual participants who do not come to packet pick up receive their shirts (size not guaranteed) by mail after the race, so please make sure your mailing address is correct when you register! 

All finishers will receive a custom finishers medal.


Proceeds from the Bayou City Classic are donated to the Houston Parks & Recreation Department to improve our city parks and preserve our trees. This non-profit event is organized by the Houston Area Road Runners Association (HARRA), an all volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote running as a competitive sport and a healthful exercise.   The race has donated over $250,000 for the Parks over the previous eight years!



The IN PERSON option will take place ON race day, Saturday, March 4th, at Hermann Square by City Hall.  Depending on conditions and number of participants on race day, we may start in waves to increase social distancing.

  • 10K Start:
    • 7:50AM: Handcycle/Pushrim Division
    • 8:00AM: Run/Walk 10K
  • 5K Start:
    • 8:15 AM: Handcycle/Pushrim Division
    • 8:20AM: Run/Walk 5K


The VIRTUAL option can be done any time on any course you choose! Virtual participants will be able to submit their race results from March 4 - March 11, 2023.  Virtual runners are not eligible for age group awards.

10K/5K Fees

  • Early Bird (7/21/22 to 8/14/22): $35 (Lowest Price - no additional discounts)
  • Early (8/15/22 to 1/12/23): $45
  • Regular (1/13/23 - 3/3/23 ): $50
  • Race Morning: $55. Must be registered by 7:30 AM to be eligible for awards.

HARRA Members receive a discount except on low Early Bird price. Enter the code (from the HARRA weekly email) when you are checking out to redeem the discount.You may join/renew HARRA here

Discounts available for military/first responders and athletes with disabilities (AWD). Contact for info.



1. Complete your race:

  • Run/Walk or wheel your race distance (10K/5K) at any time or place. The virtual race means you will set your own start time, date and course.
  • Record your time. You are also able to indicate completion without providing a time.
  • Print your own custom virtual bib by logging into your RunSignup Profile and clicking the "View Pre-Race Bib" link under "Upcoming Events".

2. Submit your results between March 4th and March 11, 2023, 11:59 pm (Central Time) in one of 2 ways:

  • Click on our results link (find it by clicking on "Results" in the dropdown menu at the top). You will be able to pull up your name and enter your time.   OR...
  • Send an email with your time to
  • Since everyone competes on different courses under different conditions in virtual events, awards will not be issued.

3. Upload pictures of your run to the Photos tab on this RunSignup race page. Share to social media with hashtag #bcc2023
Shirt will be mailed after the race. (Please make sure your mailing address is accurate when registering.)



Shirts and medals will be mailed to Virtual runners, but they may also pick up their swag at packet pickup if they chose.


VOLUNTEERS: If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please sign up on our Volunteer page or email the volunteer coordinator at Service hour certificates will be provided to those needing them for school credit.

  • All volunteers receive cool neon green bayou City Classic tech shirt.
  • HARRA members receive VVIP points and volunteering counts for IRONFOOT Awards.


DONATIONS AND FUNDRAISING: Consider contributing to our cause via our Donation link.  The race is presented by the Houston Area Road Runners Association (HARRA) , an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization (EIN 74-0041210). All donations are tax-deductible.

Learn more about the Houston Area Road Runners Association at


SPONSORSHIP:  Corporate sponsors please contact the for more information. For convenience, contributions can be submitted via the donation link on this site.


Our top priority is the well-being of our participants, volunteers, and the members of the communities we serve! We plan to hold this event in person. We are monitoring the situation with COVID-19 in our community carefully and will accommodate any modifications required to hold a safe event. 
If our municipality does not allow large gatherings and this run cannot take place in person, we will switch all to a virtual run option and ensure that you receive your race items, whether it be by a packet pick up option or in the mail.


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