The Township and TWMM first entered a Host Venue Sponsorship Agreement in 2011. The Agreement established a major marathon running competition in The Woodlands for which the Township provides the park facilities as venues for the event as well as equipment and in-kind support. The event brings approximately 25,000 athletes, media, staff and spectators to the community and has become a qualifying race for the prestigious Boston Marathon. In July 2016, The Woodlands Township renewed the Host Venue Sponsorship/Partnership Agreement with The Woodlands Marathon Management, LLC. (TWMM) to host The Woodlands Marathon. The Agreement was amended in July 2018, to provide the Ice Rink Event Center for the Health Expo and other modifications to the terms (Attachment A). The ninth event was held March 2, 2019, and Race Director Willie Fowlkes will present a report on the event to the Board of Directors at the May 16 meeting.
The term of the agreement continues through March 31, 2020. The 2020 event is scheduled for March 7, 2020. The agreement places a maximum number of participants for each Event as follows:
In addition, TWMM is to guarantee 400 hotel room nights related to the event each year and donate no less than $25,000 on an annual basis to not-for-profit organizations.
- Marathon - 2,000
- Half-Marathon - 5,000
- Five-Kilometer race - 1,500
- Marathon Relay - 1,500
- Two-kilometer fun run walk - 1,000