Races sell-out for eighth consecutive year; Run For A Reason charity race entries available
HOUSTON – (June 25, 2012) – The Houston Marathon Committee has announced the participants selected for the 2013 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Early race registration and the 15-day general lottery registration period for both races attracted 28,000 runners vying for a spot in the 25,000 participant field.
All lottery registrants were notified via email of their registration status June 22-25. Runners may also verify the result of their registration online at ChevronHoustonMarathon.com.
Race-day for the 41st Chevron Houston Marathon and the 12th Aramco Houston Half Marathon is Sunday, January 13. The Houston Marathon Committee increased its participant cap by 1,000 participants to 25,000; the half-marathon field increased to 12,000 and the marathon maintained a cap of 13,000.
“The registration cap for the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon has increased by 10,000 runners since 2007, nearly doubling the size of the event,” stated HMC Executive Director Wade Morehead. “The result is a race weekend that annually generates over $50 million in economic impact, raises over $2 million for local charities, and garnered a Silver Certification for sustainability efforts by the Council of Responsible Sport. Our Committee, Volunteers, and Civic Partners look forward to hosting an exciting weekend experience for our runners in January 2013.”
For the second consecutive year, the early registration period in May was offered for qualified runners to receive a guaranteed race entry. This group included runners who met new time qualification standards for the marathon and half-marathon races, runners who have completed five or more Houston Marathons, race registrants who deferred in 2012, “third time’s a charm” qualifiers who were not selected the first two years, and members designated by the Houston Area Road Runner Association (HARRA).
Runners can still enter the 2013 marathon and half marathon races through the Chevron Houston Marathon’s Run for a Reason charity program. Charity entries are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Details about how to register can be found at RunforaReasonHouston.org.
The Run for a Reason Kickoff Party has a new date. The Houston Marathon Committee and its 60 participating Run for a Reason official charities kick-off the training season with its celebration on Saturday, June 30 from 7:00am to 11:00am on the south side of Memorial Park. Free “In-Training” shirts will be available for the first 2,000 visitors.
Runners can learn more about how to obtain a guaranteed race entry, how to fundraise for local charities, and how to find the ideal running club to help with training. Go to www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com/Marathon/KickOffParty.cfm for more details.