The Houston Marathon Committee (HMC) has elected Dan Green, the first winner of the Houston Marathon in 1972 and prominent Houston running figure, into the Houston Marathon Hall of Fame. Green will be honored by the HMC on Nov. 14, 2018, at the 2019 Hall of Fame Reception.
A native Texan, Green graduated from Pearland High School and went on to attend the University of Houston (U of H) where he participated in cross country and track. It was at U of H where Green met distance running coach Al Lawrence, 2017 Houston Marathon Hall of Fame inductee. Over the course of the next 20 years, Lawrence made a significant impact on Green, including coaching him to become the first winner of the Houston Marathon in 1972. Under Lawrence’s guidance, Green went on to win countless titles including every Amateur Athletic Association (AAU) Gulf Championship race distance.
“I am flattered and humbled to be inducted into the Houston Marathon Hall of Fame. To follow in the footsteps of the great Al Lawrence into the Hall of Fame is beyond my comprehension. Words cannot describe how I feel,” said Green on his induction.
Green has dedicated more than 48 years of his life to Houston running through racing, coaching and building running clubs and communities. He is the Coach and founder of Team Green Running, where he has trained top athletes such as Wilkerson Given, the 2018 men’s top American finisher at the Chevron Houston Marathon. He is also currently coaching an Olympic Development Group, a master’s group, a youth track and cross-country group, a mother’s group, and a beginner’s running group.
“Dan has been a fixture on the Houston running scene for almost a half-century, beginning with his victory in our very first race, continuing through his stewardship of the very successful Woodlands High School cross country and track and field program, and now culminating with his management of Team Green. The Houston running community is the richer for Dan’s many contributions,” said Chevron Houston Marathon Race Director and Board President Brant Kotch. “It is an honor for us to recognize and celebrate his achievements through this induction.”
About the Houston Marathon Hall of Fame
Over the past 47 years, countless people have contributed to the success and growth of the Houston Marathon, from industry and community leaders to humanitarians, athletes and volunteers. To recognize these individuals for their dedication and service to this great event and the sport of running, the Houston Marathon Committee established the Houston Marathon Hall of Fame in 2007.
For more information about the Houston Marathon Hall of Fame and a list of members, visit the Houston Marathon Hall of Fame website at www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com/about-hmc/hall-of-fame/.
About the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc.
Established in 1972, the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. (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 six 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 $28 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. The event is televised annually with 2016 being the first time the race received national and international syndication airing on ESPN3 and the Longhorn Network.
For more information, visit www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com.