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Become a Local Elite for the 2018 Events

Local Elite status and invitation to the 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon is awarded to the first* local finisher per category meeting the minimum qualifying standards (as shown in the table below) in the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon AND each of the 2017 selected Local Qualifying races indicated below. 

The following rules apply:

  • Only one person in each category will be invited to the 2018 Local Elite Program.
  • Only the events shown listed in the qualifying standards will be used for local elite qualification.
  • Qualified local elite runners may register for the 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon or Aramco Houston Half 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.

For more information on local elite/invited runners,  contact elite@houstonmarathon.com

* First place is determined by gun time at finish of each qualifying race.

2018 Local Elite Qualifiers

Below is the list of local athletes that have qualified at the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon,  2017 Space City 10 Miler, 2017 Houston Half Marathon Presented by Houston Striders, 2017 HMSA Classical 25K and 2017 Fort Bend Kia 30K and are eligible to compete as in the Local Elite program in the 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon.

2017 Chevron Houston Marathon Men Women
Open Austin Roth Mary Davies
40 Peter Lawrence Catherine Kruppa
50 Wilmer Bustillos Barbara Stoll
60 Jerry Hammervold Carole Uttecht
70  –
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  
2017 Space City 10 Miler Men Women
Open Todd Van Velson Madison Brown
40 Luis Armenteros Stacy Holden
50 Sherman Everett Lynn Malloy
60 Miguel Lopez Sabra Harvey
70 Ben Harvie
2017 Houston Half Marathon
Presented by Houston Striders
Men Women
Open  Calum Neff Lauren Smith
40  Vaughn Gibb Kirsten Stefan
50 Andrew Kenworthy  Allyson Serrao
60  Joe Melanson Billie Kay Melanson
70  –  Kathy McWilliams
2017 HMSA Classical 25K Men Women
Open  Joshua Jones  Flora Lai
40  Michael Defee Pamela Skaufel
50  Garrett Rychilik  Cristy Moreno
60  Rich Fredrich  Rhonda Emerson
70  –
2017 Fort Bend Kia 30K Men  Women 
Open Frank Dougherty Cali Roper
40  Chris Stelzer n/a
50  Sim Cuevas Lisa Thompson
60  Richard McClean n/a
70 n/a n/a

Who is a Local Elite?

To be considered eligible as a “local” for the Local Elite Program, you must be able to prove permanent residence in one of the following 19 counties from the period beginning January 15, 2017 through race day January 14, 2018: 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 Local Elite Qualifying Races

First finisher in each category must run the minimum time standard indicated in the table.

Space City
10 Miler
Half Marathon
Presented by
Houston Striders
Fort Bend
Kia 30K
2017 Dates 01/15/2017 10/08/2017 10/29/2017 11/12/2017 12/10/2017
Female Open 3:05:30 1:08:04 1:30:11 1:47:35 2:10:03
F40 3:15:25 1:10:19 1:33:10 1:51:30 2:15:23
F50 3:40:19 1:17:06 1:41:09 2:03:16  2:30:51
F60 4:13:05 1:27:57 1:56:33 2:20:51 2:52:40
F70 4:57:17 1:42:22 2:15:40 2:44:18 3:21:54
Male Open 2:44:22 0:58:24 1:17:55 1:33:23 1:53:34
M40 2:48:25 1:01:12 1:21:10 1:36:56 1:57:21
M50 3:03:31 1:06:19 1:28:06 1:45:18 2:07:38
M60 3:21:33 1:12:22 1:36:19 1:55:14 2:19:52
M70 3:43:32 1:19:42 1:46:15 2:07:18 2:34:42

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

2018 Local Elite Prize Money

Local Elite Prize Money awards are given to top local finishers in the following categories for both the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Prize Money is generally mailed 6 – 8 weeks following the events to the registered address on file for the respective winners.


Place Men’s & Women’s Prize Money
1 $500
2 $350
3 $150
Top 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
 Top 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.