HOUSTON (May 8, 2014) – The Houston Marathon Committee on Thursday announced the 62 official charities for the 2014-2015 Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason charity program. The new charity lineup offers a variety of important causes including medical research and support, community outreach, animal protection and more.
Linking 30,000 runners with a record 62 official charities, the Run for a Reason charity program provides an avenue for race participants, individuals and organizations to collect donations on behalf of an official charity of their choice. It also provides a platform for charities to raise awareness and educate others about their cause.
“Because of the passion and support of our participants, official charities and sponsors, the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason program continues to raise the bar each year,” said HMC Executive Director Wade Morehead. “We are proud of our returning charities who contribute in so many ways to the spirit and success of our event, and we are excited about working with the wonderful philanthropies new to the RFAR team this year.”
The 2013-2014 season marked the fourth year in a row that fundraising surpassed the $2 million mark, generating a record $2.6 million from over 16,000 donations. Since the program’s inception in 1995, more than $19 million has been raised to benefit various charities.
How to participate
The Run for a Reason program offers guaranteed ways to enter the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon without registering for the lottery. Starting June 4, a limited number of guaranteed charity entries will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“HERO” charity entries enable runners to make an upfront, tax-deductible donation of at least $350 to an official Run for a Reason charity of their choice, plus the cost of registration, to secure a guaranteed race entry. More information on “HERO” entries can be found at www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com/RunForAReason/HeroesRegistration.cfm. Individuals can also purchase a guaranteed entry for someone else through the “Gift a HERO” program.
“Fundraising for Registration” charity entries give runners an opportunity to fundraise for an official Run for a Reason charity of their choice and receive a guaranteed race entry. Participating charities set their own fundraising minimums and deadlines, and runners should contact the organizations directly. More information can be found at www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com/RunForAReason/FundraisingForRegistration.cfm.
The 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon are scheduled for Sunday, January 18, 2015, while the ABB 5K will be held the day before on Saturday, January 17.
The 2014-2015 Chevron Houston Marathon Official Run for a Reason charities are listed below and can also be found at www.RunforaReasonHouston.org.
2014-2015 Official Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Charities
3 “A” Bereavement Foundation
ALS Association Texas Chapter
Alzheimer’s Association, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter
American Heart Association
American Liver Foundation
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
The Cade R. Alpard Foundation for Pediatric Liver Disease
Child Advocates, Inc.
Citizens for Animal Protection
Collaborative for Children
Covenant House Texas
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Down Syndrome Association of Houston
Dress for Success Houston
Easter Seals of Greater Houston
Elves & More
Epilepsy Foundation of Texas
Houston Aphasia Recovery Center
Houston Area Parkinson Society
Houston Area Women’s Center
Houston Food Bank
Houston Habitat for Humanity
Houston Marathon Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Kid’s Meals, Inc.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Living Water International
Lupus Foundation of America, TX Gulf Coast Chapter
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Memorial Hermann Foundation
Memorial Park Conservancy
National Kidney Foundation
Open Door Mission
Organization for Autism Research
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
The Parish School
Pink Ribbons Project
Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services
Ronald McDonald House Houston
San Jose Clinic
SEARCH Homeless Services
Sheltering Arms Senior Services
Spaulding for Children
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Star of Hope Mission
The Sunshine Kids Foundation
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Houston Affiliate
Team Red, White & Blue
Texas Center for the Missing
The Todd Krampitz Foundation
Vanessa’s Big Heart Foundation
The Women’s Home
Young Audiences of Houston
Young Texans Against Cancer