HOUSTON – The Houston Marathon Committee (HMC) announced today the election of former HMC Board of Director Carl Moerer into the Houston Marathon Hall of Fame. Moerer was honored by the Houston Marathon Committee December 4th at the 2015 Hall of Fame Reception hosted at The Grove in Discovery Green in downtown Houston.
“Carl Moerer was the quintessential race volunteer. The knowledge that Carl was on the job in the lead-up to and during our races was always tremendously comforting as race day approached,” said President of the Board of Directors Brant Kotch. “His calm and reasoned judgment and demeanor made everyone on his committee – and the event itself – better. He is already missed.”
Moerer’s association with the Houston Marathon Committee began in 1980 and over 35 years of volunteering, he only missed one race. Moerer spent the duration of his time on the Course Committee, beginning back when the Houston Marathon was a two-loop course at Memorial Park and was involved in every course re-design in the ensuing years. Looking back on his time with the HMC, Moerer said “In all those years, there are only two things I’ve never seen: the start and the finish. The most important thing to me was seeing that last person cross the finish line. That was my job to get them safely around the course.”
From 1987 through 1991, Moerer was the Course Director and instrumental in the 1985 route redesign, which led to the first city-wide 26.2 mile course in the history of the Houston Marathon. Moerer, a partner at Tate Moerer & King, L.L.P., was also a member of the Houston Local Organizing Committee responsible for hosting the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for the men’s and women’s marathon.
“It is a great honor to be inducted into the Houston Marathon Hall of Fame,” added Carl Moerer. “The people that I have worked with over the years are life-long friends. To me, the volunteers are the people that make the race happen every year and it’s nice to be recognized for all of our hard work.”
About the Houston Marathon Hall of Fame
Over the past 42 years, countless people have contributed to the success and growth of the Houston Marathon, from industry and community leaders to humanitarians, athletes and volunteers. To recognize these individuals for their dedication and service to this great event and the sport of running, the Houston Marathon Committee established the Houston Marathon Hall of Fame in 2007.
For more information about the Houston Marathon Hall of Fame and a list of members, visit https://www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com/Marathon/HallOfFame.cfm.
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.