Formed in 1972, the Houston Marathon Committee® (HMC) is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization that plans a multi-race running event (marathon, half marathon and 5K). A Running USA founding member, the HMC is overseen by a board of directors, 12 staff members and approximately 7,500 race weekend volunteers.
As a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, contributions made to the HMC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.
Established in 1972, the HMC is a founding member of Running USA and annually organizes the nation’s premier winter marathon, half-marathon and 5K. Over 300,000 participants, volunteers and spectators make Chevron Houston Marathon Race Day the largest single-day sporting event in Houston. Recognized by the IAAF, the Gold Label Aramco Houston Half Marathon has held 16 U.S. Half Marathon Championships and the Silver Label Chevron Houston Marathon has been the race site for three U.S. Olympic Trials Marathons. For five consecutive years, the events have garnered Gold Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport and were also awarded the 2015 AIMS Green Award for industry-leading sustainability initiatives. Race Weekend generates over $50 million in economic impact for the region annually. In addition to its economic impact, the HMC facilitates social responsibility through its Run for a Reason Charity Program which has raised over $27 million since its inception and the Houston Marathon Foundation, which serves the greater Houston area through support of youth and community organizations that promote access to and participation in running. Race weekend events are televised annually with 2016 being the first time the race received national and international syndication airing on ESPN3 and the Longhorn Network.
The Houston Marathon Committee will plan, organize and stage an annual multi-race running event that embodies the spirit, energy and diversity of the citizens of Houston, Texas.
Board of Directors
Brant Kotch, President
Stan Coburn, Vice President
Lisa Foronda Harper, Secretary
Charlie Bass, Treasurer
Ellen Bankhead – Manager, Office Administration
Carly Caulfield – General Manager & Managing Director, Operations
Erin Haney – Manager, Sponsor Services & EXPO
Erin Kasperek – Manager, Community Outreach
Muffy King – Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications
Erin McGowan – General Counsel & Managing Director, Participant Services
Wade Morehead – Executive Director
Mike Root – Senior Manager, Course Director
Amanda Sandoval – Director, Participant Services
Nathan Schaffer – Manager, Race Experience
Paloma Suter – Manager, Volunteer and Event Services, Operations
Ally Walker – Director, Business and Community Development