HOUSTON (March 4, 2015) – The 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason charity program has raised over $2,500,000 to benefit 60 official charities. With more than 19,000 donations, this year marks the fifth in a row that fundraising has surpassed the $2 million plateau.

“The continued growth of the Run for a Reason program in recent years has been truly amazing as our official charities and generous participants raised over $2.5 million for the second consecutive year,” stated Wade Morehead, Executive Director of the Houston Marathon Committee. “There has been significant growth in the number of donations received each year and the number of corporate teams participating is increasing annually as well. Interest in the program is at an all-time high and we are all extremely thankful to be a part of this philanthropic community.”

Since the program’s inception in 1995, more than $22 million has been raised to benefit various charities. Since breaking the $1 million fundraising mark in 2008, charity donations have generated over $16 million.

The Run for a Reason program links runners with participating nonprofits and provides a platform for charities to raise awareness and funds as well as educate others about their cause. The program also offers alternative ways to enter the marathon and half marathon races through guaranteed charity “HERO” registration and “Fundraising for Registration” options.

Official 2015-2016 Run for a Reason charities will be announced on May 6, 2015. Guaranteed “HERO” Registration will be available beginning on May 6, 2015 and “Fundraising for Registration” entries will be available beginning on June 3, 2015.

The 44th running of the Chevron Houston Marathon race weekend, also featuring the Aramco Houston Half Marathon and ABB 5K, will take place on January 15-17, 2016. Open registration for the marathon and half marathon begins on June 3, 2015 at www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com.

About the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc.
Established in 1972, the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. (HMC), a Running USA Founding Member, annually organizes the nation’s premier winter marathon, half-marathon, and 5K. Over 250,000 participants, volunteers and spectators make Chevron Houston Marathon Race Day the largest single-day sporting event in Houston. Race Weekend generates over $50 million in economic impact for the region annually. In 2014, the Run For a Reason Charity Program raised a record $2.6 million and the HMC retained Gold Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport for industry-leading sustainability initiatives. Host to 14 U.S. Half Marathon Championships since 2005 and the 1992 women’s Olympic Trials Marathon, the HMC conducted the nationally-televised 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, which featured men and women competing on the same course simultaneously for the first time, vying for the chance to represent Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games.

For more information, visit www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com or call 713.957.3453.