Below you will find information about the 2016 events; 2017 elite athlete program details will be added later this year.

Chevron Houston Marathon Elite Athletes

2016 Marathon Winners
Gebo Burka, 2:10:54
Biruktayit Degefa, 2:26:07

Race Records
Tariku Jufar, 2012, 2:06:51
Alemitu Abera, 2012, 2:23:14

Elite Qualifying Standards
Participation in the elite division of the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon is by invitation only.

The following times represent the minimum standard for men and women elite runners to participate in the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon.  If you have completed a marathon in the past 18 months below the following times.

Men  2:11:00
Women  2:32:00

2016 Marathon Prize Money

Place Men’s & Women’s Prize Money
1 $40,000
2 $20,000
3 $10,000
4 $6,000
5 $4,000
6 $3,000
7 $2,000
 1st Masters $1,500
 2nd Masters $1,000
 3rd Masters $500

Place and prize money determined by gun time.

Subelite Qualifying Standards

The Chevron Houston Marathon hosts a limited group of subelite runners each year.  Subelite invitations include a comped entry and front corral bib.  If you have completed a marathon in the past 18 months below the following times.

Men 2:25:00
 Women  2:50:00

Aramco Houston Half Marathon Elite Athletes

2016 Winners
Lelisa Desisa 1:00:37
Mary Wacera 1:06:29*
*Fastest women’s half marathon time run on U.S. soil

Race Records
Feyisa Lilesa, 2012, 59:22
Belaynesh Oljira, 2012

Elite Qualifying Standards
Participation in the elite division of the 2016 Aramco Houston Half Marathon is by invitation only.

The following times represent the minimum standard for men and women elite runners to participate in the 2016 Aramco Houston Half Marathon. If you have completed a half marathon in the past 18 months below the following times.

Men  1:02:30
Women  1:11:00

2016 Half Marathon Prize Money

Place Men’s & Women’s Prize Money
1 $20,000
2 $10,000
3 $5,000
4 $3,000
5 $2,000
6 $1,500
7 $1,000
1st Masters $1,000

Place and prize money determined by gun time.

Local Elites

Standards for Local Elite Status

Local Elite status and invitation to the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will be awarded to the first* local finisher per category meeting the minimum qualifying standards (as shown in the table below) in each of the 2015 HARRA Fall Series races and the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon. In the event that the first local finisher in a category has already been invited in a previous event, the honor will roll down to the next local finisher in the same category who meets the minimum qualifying standards.

  • Only one person in each category will be invited to the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon from each race.
  • Only the events shown listed in the qualifying standards will be used for local elite qualification for the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon.
  • Qualified local elite runners will be able to choose between entering the Chevron Houston Marathon or Aramco Houston Half Marathon.

For more information on local elite/invited runners, please contact the Chevron Houston Marathon office at elite@houstonmarathon.com

* First place is determined by gun time at finish.

Qualification

Local invited runners must be able to prove permanent residence in one of the following 19 counties from the period beginning September 19, 2015 through race day January 17, 2016: Austin; Brazoria; Chambers; Fort Bend; Galveston; Grimes; Hardin; Harris; Jefferson; Liberty; Matagorda; Montgomery; Orange; Polk; San Jacinto; Walker; Waller; Washington; and Wharton.

Minimum Times Standard for First Finisher in Each Category for the 2015 HARRA Fall Series Races

Qualifying Races Space City 10-Miler Luke’s Locker Half Marathon* HMSA Classical 25K* Fort Bend Kia 30K
2015 Dates 10/11/2015 10/25/2015 11/22/2015 12/13/2015
Female Open 1:08:04 1:30:11 1:47:35 2:10:03
F40 1:10:19 1:33:10 1:51:30 2:15:23
F50 1:17:06 1:41:09 2:03:16  2:30:51
F60 1:27:57 1:56:33 2:20:51 2:52:40
F70 1:42:22 2:15:40 2:44:18 3:21:54
Male Open 0:58:24 1:17:55 1:33:23 1:53:34
M40 1:01:12 1:21:10 1:36:56 1:57:21
M50 1:06:19 1:28:06 1:45:18 2:07:38
M60 1:12:22 1:36:19 1:55:14 2:19:52
M70 1:19:42 1:46:15 2:07:18 2:34:42

Due to the cancellation of the Luke’s Locker Houston Half Marathon on Sunday, October 25, 2015, the HMC accepted the top 2 local runners that qualify, using the time qualifications above, from the HMSA Classical 25K into the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon Local Elite Program. Please note that the HMSA Classical 25K times were incorrectly indicated in this chart and have been updated, all qualifiers have been selected based on the times listed above.

Click here to visit the warm-up series race page and learn more about these events.

2016 Chevron Houston Marathon Local Elite Qualifying Times

Below are the Chevron Houston Marathon Qualifying times for the 2017 Local Elite program.

2016 Chevron Houston Marathon Qualifying Time
Female Open 3:05:30
F40 3:15:25
F50 3:40:19
F60 4:13:05
F70 4:57:17
Male Open 2:44:22
M40 2:48:25
M50 3:03:31
M60 3:21:33
M70 3:43:32

 

Local Elite Prize Money

Prize money awards, listed below, are given to runners from the following 19 “local” counties, and the runner must reside in a “local” county on race day to be eligible to win: Austin; Brazoria; Chambers; Fort Bend; Galveston; Grimes; Hardin; Harris; Jefferson; Liberty; Matagorda; Montgomery; Orange; Polk; San Jacinto; Walker; Waller; Washington; and Wharton

Marathon

Place Men’s & Women’s Prize Money
1 $500
2 $350
3 $150
Masters  Men’s & Women’s Prize Money
40-49 $250
50-59 $125
60-69 $125
70-79 $125

Place and prize money determined by gun time.

Half Marathon

Place Men’s & Women’s Prize Money
1 $250
2 $150
 3  $100
 Masters  Men’s & Women’s Prize Money
 40-49  $150
 50-59  $75
 60-69  $75
 70-79  $75

Place and prize money determined by gun time.

2016 Local Elite Qualifiers

2015 Chevron Houston Marathon Men Women
Open Calum Neff Monica Longoria
40 Peter Lawrence Alexandra Paddon
50 Hugh Leidlein Barbara Stoll
60 Jerry Hammervold Donna Sterns
70 n/a n/a
Other Local Invited Runners Men Women
Most Houston Marathon Finishes Jack Lippincott Maria Camacho
2003 Houston Marathon Men’s Open Winner Sean Wade
2002 Houston Marathon Men’s Open Winner Drew Prisner
2015 Space City 10 – Miler Men Women
Open Jarrett LeBlanc Hillary Montgomery
40 Luis Armenteros Laura Bennett
50 Rusty McKay Melissa Hurta-Crites
60 Ed Fry Sabra Harvey
70  n/a n/a
2015 Luke’s Locker Half Marathon* Men Women
Open  –
40  –
50  –
60  –
70  –
2015 HMSA Classical 25K Men Women
Open Austin Roth
Ryan Smith
Lauren Smith
40 Michael Defee
Gabor Olah
Allyson Serrao
50  Francisco Garza
Richard Rothery
 Suzy Seeley
Lynn Malloy
60  Juan Garcia
Jamal Jamalyaria
Carole Uttecht
Billy Kay Melanson
70  n/a n/a
 2015 Fort Bend Kia 30K Men  Women 
Open  Maximo Mendoza  –
40  –  –
50  –
 60  – Teresa Pearsall
 70  –

*Due to the cancellation of the Luke’s Locker Houston Half Marathon on Sunday, October 25, 2015, the HMC accepted the top 2 local runners that qualify, using the time qualifications above, from the HMSA Classical 25K into the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon Local Elite Program.