We Run Houston supported by Aramco

We Run Houston is a 12-20 week program where schools host an after-school running club, in affiliation with the Houston Marathon Foundation.  Students train for a 5K and/or Half Marathon in a safe, after-school environment.  In January, all students in good standing will have the opportunity to run the We Are Houston 5K or the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.  

As a coach with this program, you are responsible for preparing your students for one of the races distances.  As a coach you are responsible for deciding if the student is prepared to run the race they originally chose. At the beginning of the program you must be prepared with a training regimen, organized practice schedule and a review of the program for your students.  Resources are provided in a handbook to help you successfully run your club. 

The Houston Marathon Foundation will provide the following items: 

  • Race entry to Aramco Houston Half Marathon or We Are Houston 5K 
  • We Run Houston tech shirt 
  • Transportation to/from the event (if needed)
  • Coaching stipend for program support
  • The opportunity for 5K runners to attend a Meet the Elites session hosted by Brooks Running
  • Shoes for students training for the Aramco Houston Half Marathon

To register your school, please click here to apply.

Thank you to our partners!

Houston Marathon Foundation Scholarship

Houston Marathon Foundation College Scholarship

The Houston Marathon Foundation Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors. This scholarship is awarded to students who exemplify leadership, generosity and volunteer spirit in their everyday life.

This scholarship is offered each year to graduating high school students attending a Texas college or university. This scholarship is based on participation in high school cross country, a student who shows a love of running and community and exemplary performance in school. The scholarship is offered annually to one male and one female student graduating from the Greater Houston Area* each year, $2,500 a year/ $10,000 over four years.

*Greater Houston Area is recognized as these 9 Houston Counties; Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller.

Click here for the online scholarship application! 

Submission Deadline: March 31,2024

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

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. 

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.

HMF Board of Directors

Chris Gerow – President
Townes Pressler – Vice President
Charlie Bass – Treasurer
Doug Suell – Secretary
Madeline Bunch
Sarah Bardwell Logan
Brant Kotch
Robert Sawchuk
Erica Serrano


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