As the weather cools, the local races get longer. Next weekend, the La Porte By the Bay Half Marathon brings the 13.1-mile distance back to the area with a course that gives “runner’s high” a new meaning.

The La Porte race, part of the Texas Bridge Series, crosses the Fred Hartman Bridge over the Houston Ship Channel, making it the highest off-the-ground half marathon in Texas. The bridge rises to a height of 177 feet over the water.

Bernice Torregrossa: bernice92@aol.com

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