About the HMF

hmffbThe Houston Marathon Foundation is a community organization with local roots. HMF serves the greater Houston area through program management and support of organizations that demonstrate sound fiscal management, efficient operation, and program integrity while promoting an understanding of, access to, and/or participation in running as part of a physical fitness regimen.

Programs that are national in scope and meet foundation goals will also be considered.

The mission of the Houston Marathon Foundation is to support the advancement of running as an element of a balanced, healthy lifestyle in the Houston community and nationally.

Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship

A scholarship has been named after long time Houston Marathon Foundation co-founder and Houston Marathon Committee board member, Susan Poorman Blackie. Susan embodied the leadership, generosity and volunteer spirit that exemplifies the Houston Marathon community of volunteers and participants who make the event a success each year. It is this, along with her passion for life, helping others and always abiding by the Golden Rule while treating others with respect, kindness and acceptance that we honor her while creating a legacy for the Houston Marathon Foundation (HMF) and promoting our mission to advance running as a healthy lifestyle opportunity.

HMF Board of Directors

Madeline Bunch – President
Alton Milrany – Vice President
David Chester – Treasurer
Brant Kotch
Charlie Bass
Townes Pressler
Chris Gerow


Wade Morehead – Executive Director
Ally Walker – Senior Manager, HMF Community Development


The Houston Marathon Foundation is a 501c3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.
Checks can be sent to:

The Houston Marathon Foundation
720 N. Post Oak Rd., Suite 200
Houston, Texas 77024


Grant Information

The Houston Marathon Foundation makes grants in running related programs and initiatives. Programs receiving support include after school running programs, park building, repair or improvement initiatives, health and wellness activities, running event safety and security and the advancement of elite runners and supporting programs.

The Foundation funds organizations working in the areas identified above, based on specific goals and strategies outlined by the programs. Almost all grants are awarded to organizations identified by the Foundation.

The Foundation does accept unsolicited Letters of Inquiry from organizations. All Letters of Inquiry must be pre-approved and discussed with the Houston Marathon Foundation prior to submission.

For pre-approved organizations, there are no deadlines, applications will be reviewed quarterly.

Step 1: Determining Eligibility

The Houston Marathon Foundation primarily supports organizations in the greater Houston area. Programs that support elite athlete development will be considered outside of the Houston area or programs that are national in scale will be considered for funding.

Step 2: Application

Please contact ally@houstonmarathon.com for a formal application and answer any specific questions regarding your proposal.