Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon Sell Out for 12th Straight Year

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Run for a Reason charity race entries available in the marathon and half marathon

HOUSTON (September 26, 2016) – The Houston Marathon Committee announced today that the 45th annual Chevron Houston Marathon and the 16th Aramco Houston Half Marathon have both sold out for the 12th consecutive year. The largest single-day sporting event in Houston will be conducted on Sunday, January 15, 2017, of race weekend and feature over 250,000 runners, volunteers and spectators.

“The amazing civic enhancements to downtown Houston and the Convention District will be completed in anticipation of Super Bowl LI three weeks following our event, and we are so excited to showcase this beautiful new footprint during our annual running celebration,” said Wade Morehead, Executive Director of the Houston Marathon Committee and Foundation. “The City of Houston provides the ideal participant experience with all of our race weekend events, including the start and finish lines, within walking distance from nearly 7,000 hotel rooms and numerous new restaurants, which are all accessible by public transportation.”

Race weekend includes the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute EXPO (January 13-14), which will attract over 55,000 visitors and 120 vendors to the George R. Brown Convention Center over the first two days. Additionally, the ABB 5K will feature 6,000 runners on Saturday morning (January 14). The We Are Houston RunFest presented by Michelob Ultra is conducted at Discovery Green during all three races on Saturday and Sunday (January 14-15) providing fun, interactive events and entertainment for runners, families, and spectators.

While the participant cap for both races has been reached at 27,000 (13,500 for both the half marathon and marathon) registrants, runners still have the opportunity to enter both races through the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason charity program. Charity entries are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis and allow runners to fundraise for one of the 62 Official Run for a Reason charities. Details about how to register can be found at RunforaReasonHouston.org.

About the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc.
Established in 1972, the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. (HMC) annually organizes the nation’s premier winter marathon, half-marathon, and 5K. Over 250,000 participants, volunteers and spectators make Chevron Houston Marathon Race Day the largest single-day sporting event in Houston. A founding member of Running USA, the HMC is an IAAF bronze level event that retained Gold Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport and was awarded the AIMS Green Award for industry-leading sustainability initiatives. Race Weekend generates over $50 million in economic impact for the region annually. In 2016, the Run for a Reason Charity Program raised $2.3 million, while the Houston Marathon Foundation supported youth and community running initiatives. Televised annually by broadcast partner ABC13, 2016 was the first time that the event was syndicated live nationally and internationally on ESPN3 and the Longhorn Network. Host to 16 U.S. Half Marathon Championships since 2005 and the 1992 women’s Olympic Trials Marathon, the HMC also conducted the 2012 men’s and women’s U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.
For more information, visit www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com or call 713.957.3453.

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