HOUSTON (September 25, 2013) – The Houston Marathon Committee (HMC) announced on Wednesday that Chevron Corporation has renewed its title sponsorship of the annual Chevron Houston Marathon road race, extending their partnership through 2018. The Chevron Houston Marathon is the premier winter marathon and will be conducted by the HMC in downtown Houston on Sunday, January 19 at 7:00 a.m.

“2014 will mark the ninth year that Houston’s largest single-day sporting event will carry our name,” said Jeff Shellebarger, president, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company. “It’s an important and inspirational event that raises money for many great causes, and we are proud to continue our sponsorship of the Chevron Houston Marathon.”

The 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon will debut a new course that will feature wider streets to accommodate the growth of the event and enhance the runner experience. The Chevron Houston Marathon has sold out for the ninth-consecutive year, however guaranteed race entries are still available through the Run for a Reason Charity Program at www.RunforaReasonHouston.com.

“Since 2006, when Chevron assumed its role as title sponsor, the Chevron Houston Marathon’s weekend of events has experienced phenomenal growth,” said Steven Karpas, HMC’s Managing Director, Business Development & Marketing. “From participant numbers to charity dollars to hosting national championships and Olympic Trials races, Chevron’s support has been instrumental in allowing the HMC to achieve its mission of being a key community partner and an innovator in the national running industry.”

Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company’s success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 62,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables.

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 2013, the Run For a Reason Charity Program raised $2.2 million and the HMC garnered Gold Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport for industry-leading sustainability initiatives.  Host to 12 U.S. Half Marathon Championships since 2005 and the 1992 women’s Olympic Trials Marathon, 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.