About the HMF

hmffbThe Houston Marathon Foundation is a community organization with local roots. HMF serves the greater Houston area through program management and support of organizations that demonstrate sound fiscal management, efficient operation, and program integrity while promoting an understanding of, access to, and/or participation in running as part of a physical fitness regimen.

Programs that are national in scope and meet foundation goals will also be considered.

The mission of the Houston Marathon Foundation is to support the advancement of running as an element of a balanced, healthy lifestyle in the Houston community and nationally.

Through your donations we are able to expand our programs and continue to support, engage, strength and inspire through running. We are grateful for the generous donations and support from the Houston community.

Donations of any size are most welcome and can be made online by clicking the Donate Now button above. Donations may also be made in memory of or to honor a loved one.

If you would like to make a donation via check, please mail your check to the address below. Checks should be made out to the “Houston Marathon Foundation”.

Houston Marathon Foundation
720 N. Post Oak Rd., Suite 200
Houston, TX 77024

The Houston Marathon Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 charity, all donations are tax deductible. 

50 Miles for 50 Years Training Challenge

Celebrate 50 years of the Houston Marathon with 50 miles of training! These miles will make a difference for youth in the Run HOU community with the proceeds benefitting the Houston Marathon Foundation.

Make your training miles matter and complete each month’s training challenge distance throughout your training to total 50 miles and earn a bonus 50th Anniversary medal.

Training Challenge Schedule

5 Miler complete between (9/10-9/26) 16-18 weeks out from race  

10 Milercomplete between (10/8-10/24) 12-14 weeks out from race  

15 Milercomplete between (11/12-11/28) 8-9 weeks out from race  

20 Milercomplete between (12/17-1/2) 3-4 weeks out from race  

*Add the 50 Miles for 50 Years Training Challenge to your registration for 2022.

Chevron Houston Marathon 50th Anniversary Pin Set

Your $100 donation benefits the Houston Marathon Foundation and as a special thanks our gift to you is this commemorative 6-piece pin set celebrating each decade of the Houston Marathon from the 1970s to 2022!

Houston Marathon Foundation Scholarship

Susan Poorman Blackie College Scholarship

The Houston Marathon Foundation offers a scholarship each year to graduating High School students attending a Texas College or University.

This scholarship is named after past Houston Marathon Foundation co-founder and Houston Marathon Committee board member, Susan Poorman Blackie. Susan embodied the leadership, generosity and volunteer spirit that exemplifies the Houston Marathon community of volunteers and participants who make the event a success every year. It is this, along with her passion for life, helping others and always abiding by the Golden Rule while treating others with respect, kindness and acceptance that we honor her while creating a legacy for the Houston Marathon Foundation (HMF) and promoting our mission to advance running as a healthy lifestyle opportunity.

The scholarship is based on participation in high school cross country, a student who shows a love of running, community and exemplary performance in school. The scholarship is offered annually to one male and one female student each year, $2,500 a year/ $10,000 for four years

Please check back in 2022 regarding the application process.

For any questions regarding the application, please email foundation@houstonmarathon.com.

HMF Board of Directors

Chris Gerow – President
Townes Pressler – Vice President
Robert Sawchuk – Treasurer
Doug Suell – Secretary
Madeline Bunch
Charlie Bass
Brant Kotch
Ryan Kudlacek


Wade Morehead – Executive Director
Steve Schnell – Program Manager, HMF

Grant Information

The Houston Marathon Foundation makes grants in running related programs and initiatives. Programs receiving support include after school running programs, park building, repair or improvement initiatives, health and wellness activities, running event safety and security and the advancement of elite runners and supporting programs.

The Foundation funds organizations working in the areas identified above, based on specific goals and strategies outlined by the programs. Almost all grants are awarded to organizations identified by the Foundation.

The Foundation does accept unsolicited Letters of Inquiry from organizations. All Letters of Inquiry must be pre-approved and discussed with the Houston Marathon Foundation prior to submission.

For pre-approved organizations, there are no deadlines, applications will be reviewed quarterly.

Step 1: Determining Eligibility

The Houston Marathon Foundation primarily supports organizations in the greater Houston area. Programs that support elite athlete development will be considered outside of the Houston area or programs that are national in scale will be considered for funding.

Step 2: Application

Please contact foundation@houstonmarathon.com for a formal application and answer any specific questions regarding your proposal.