Run for a Reason Charity Program

The Houston Marathon Committee will announce the 2016-2017 Official Charities in early May.

The new charity lineup will offer a variety of important causes including medical research and support, community outreach, animal protection and more. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Linking 33,000 runners with various charities, the Run for a Reason charity program provides an avenue for race participants, individuals and organizations to collect donations on behalf of an official charity of their choice. It also provides a platform for charities to raise awareness and educate others about their cause.

“Because of the passion and support of our participants, official charities and sponsors, the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason program continues to raise the bar each year,” said HMC Executive Director Wade Morehead. “We are proud of our returning charities who contribute in so many ways to the spirit and success of our event, and we are excited about working with the wonderful philanthropies new to the RFAR team this year.”

The 2015-2016 season marked the sixth year in a row that fundraising surpassed the $2 million mark. Since the program’s inception in 1995, more than $24 million has been raised to benefit various charities.

How to receive a Guaranteed entry

Please note – Charity registration has closed for the 2016 Race Weekend of Events. 

The Run for a Reason program offers guaranteed ways to enter the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon.

“HERO” charity entries enable runners to make a tax-deductible donation of at least $350 to an official Run for a Reason charity of their choice, plus the cost of registration. Click here for more information. Individuals can also purchase a guaranteed entry for someone else through the “Gift a HERO” program.

“Fundraising for Registration” charity entries give runners an opportunity to fundraise for an official Run for a Reason charity of their choice. Participating charities set their own fundraising minimums and deadlines, and runners should contact the organizations directly. Click here for more information.

How to Become an Official Charity

Thank you for your interest in the Run for a Reason program.  Please click here for more information on how to request an application for the 2016-2017 season.


For questions regarding the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason charity program, visit our FAQ page or contact Kimberly Hall at 713.957.3453 or