Houston Marathon Committee Selects Official Charity Partners for 2018 Race Season

HOUSTON (May 3, 2017) – The Houston Marathon Committee on Wednesday announced the official charities for the 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason charity program. The new charity lineup includes 49 returning and nine new organizations.

Giving runners the opportunity to align with one of 58 non-profit organizations, the Run for a Reason (RFAR) 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.

“We received applications this year from numerous high-quality charities that make such a positive impact for so many worthy causes, and our selection committee identified 58 philanthropies that align with the goals and strategies of the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason program,” stated Wade Morehead, Executive Director of the Houston Marathon Committee and Houston Marathon Foundation.  “This platform has helped hundreds of charities fundraise over $16 million since 2011, and we anticipate increased Run for a Reason community and corporate engagement in 2018 and beyond.”

The 2017 season marked the seventh year in a row that fundraising surpassed the $2 million mark. Since the program’s inception in 1995, more than $26 million has been raised to benefit various charities.

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

Beginning on May 3rd, a limited number of guaranteed charity entries become available on a first-come, first-served basis. HERO charity entries enable runners to make an upfront, tax-deductible donation of at least $350 to an official Run for a Reason charity of their choice. More information on HERO entries can be found on the registration page here.

A limited number of Fundraising for Registration (FFR) charity entries will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Fundraising for Registration charity entries give runners an opportunity to fundraise for an official Run for a Reason charity of their choice and receive a guaranteed race entry. Participating charities set their own fundraising minimums and deadlines, and runners should contact the organizations directly to complete a commitment form.

The 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon are scheduled for Sunday, January 14, 2018, while the ABB 5K will be held the day before on Saturday, January 13.

2018 Official Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Charities
3 A Bereavement Foundation
ALS Association Texas Chapter
Alzheimer’s Association, Houston and Southeast Texas
American Heart Association
The Arbor School
Avondale House
Bel Inizio
Bo’s Place
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
The Cade R. Alpard Foundation for Pediatric Liver Disease
CanCare, Inc.
Child Advocates, Inc.
Citizens For Animal Protection
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Down Syndrome Association of Houston
Dress for Success Houston
Epilepsy Foundation Texas
Fort Bend Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels and Much, Much More!
Friends of Down Syndrome
Galveston Bay Foundation
The H.E.A.R.T. Program
Houston Area Parkinson Society
Houston Children’s Charity
Houston Food Bank
Houston Marathon Foundation
Houston Police Foundation
Houston SPCA
Kids’ Meals
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Living Water International
Lupus Foundation of America, TX Gulf Coast Chapter
March of Dimes Foundation
The Montrose Center
National Kidney Foundation
Open Door Mission
Organization for Autism Research
The Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy Research, Inc.
The Parish School
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services
Reach Unlimited, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Houston
The Salvation Army
SEARCH Homeless Services
Snowdrop Foundation, Inc
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Star of Hope Mission
Sunshine Kids Foundation
Teach For America
Texas Center for the Missing
Texas Children’s Hospital
The Todd Krampitz Foundation
Undies for Everyone
USO (United Service Organizations)
Vita-Living, Inc.
YMCA of Greater Houston
Young Texans Against Cancer