The 40th anniversary running of the Chevron Houston Marathon and its companion Aramco Houston Half Marathon and El Paso Corporation 5K will take place on Sunday, January 15, 2012 and will be nationally televised.
The Chevron Houston Marathon combines a competitive athletic event with a citywide festival of community spirit. Runners and spectators enjoy miles of non-stop entertainment provided by the unique "Hoopla Brigade." Professional and not-so-professional performers ranging from jump-rope squads to jazz bands to belly dancers encourage runners to keep their feet moving in the right direction. (The Houston Marathon pioneered the concept of "Hoopla" and other races have duplicated its success.)
In the past 39 years, nearly 240,000 runners have challenged the course, with many returning year after year. They are cheered on by more than a quarter of a million spectators, making the marathon the city's largest single-day sporting event. Some 7,500 volunteers help coordinate every phase of the race, quite literally from start to finish.
The Chevron Houston Marathon has been repeatedly selected for many world-renowned road-racing competitions, including the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 USA Men's Half Marathon Championship; the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 USA Women's Half Marathon Championship; the 1998 USA Women's Marathon Championship; the 1992 USA Women's Olympic Marathon Trials; and the 1979 USA Men's and Women's Marathon Championships.
Participants in the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, EP5Kand ABB Team Challenge are encouraged to "Run for a Reason" and raise money for local Houston charities. The marathon, half marathon, 5K and team challenge provide established fund-raising vehicles that allow all money collected to go directly to the official participating non-profits. In 2009, runners raised more than $1 million for Houston-area charities bringing the total raised to almost $8.6 million donated in the 14 years of the Run for a Reason program. In 2010, runners raised $1.9 million!
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