Did you know that tackling 26.2 miles in the Chevron Houston Marathon can take you another 6,000 miles – all the way to Athens, Greece?
Just ask Melinda Davis-Malesevich, MD and Jamie Demahy, who are headed to Greece in November as part of the Houston-Athens Marathon Exchange program.
When Jamie found out that he was one of two trip winners, he immediately “got on the internet to research what it was going to be and made plans for the grandparents to watch the kids” so he and his wife could both make the trip in the fall.
Each year, one male and one female runner who crosses the finish line of the Chevron Houston Marathon in less than four hours and lives in the greater Houston area is selected for an expenses-paid trip to Greece and a race entry into the historic Athens Classic Marathon through the Houston-Athens Marathon Exchange. A nonprofit program founded in 1988 by George Sarantopolous, the Houston-Athens Marathon Exchange creates a link between the historic Greek marathon and modern-day races. The 2012 Houston-Athens Marathon Exchange will mark the program’s 25th anniversary.