HOUSTON – The Houston Marathon Committee on Thursday announced the 60 official charities for the 2013-2014 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 and animal protection.
Linking 30,000 runners with 60 charities, the Run for a Reason charity program provides an avenue for race participants, individuals and organizations to collect donation 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.
“Over the past four races, Houston’s selfless running community has raised an average of $2 million per year benefitting the official charities of the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason program,” said HMC Executive Director Wade Morehead. “We are truly appreciative of our runners, sponsors, and official charities; and so proud of the growth and success of this initiative over the years.”
The 2012-2013 season marked the third year in a row that fundraising surpassed the $2 million mark, generating $2.2 million through over 17,000 donations. Since the program’s inception in 1995, almost $17 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. Starting May 30, 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, direct 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. New this year is the option to purchase a guaranteed entry for a friend and give as a gift.
“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. The list of participating charities and their contact information can be found on the event website (https://www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com/RunForAReason/Index.cfm). Runners should contact these organizations directly for more information.
The 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon are scheduled for January 19, 2014 and the ABB 5K is scheduled for Saturday, January 18.
To learn more about the Run for a Reason charity program, visit www.RunforaReasonHouston.org.
2013-2014 Run for a Reason official charities list
|3 “A” Bereavement Foundation|
|ALS Association Texas Chapter|
|Alzheimer’s Association, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter|
|American Heart Association|
|Back On My Feet|
|Bering Omega Community Services|
|Buffalo Bayou Partnership|
|C Different Foundation|
|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|
|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 Center for Literacy|
|Houston Food Bank|
|Houston Marathon Foundation|
|Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation|
|The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society|
|Living Water International|
|Lupus Foundation of America, TX Gulf Coast Chapter|
|Memorial Hermann Foundation|
|Memorial Park Conservancy|
|National Kidney Foundation of SE Texas|
|Open Door Mission|
|Organization for Autism Research|
|Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy|
|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|
|The Sunshine Kids Foundation|
|Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Houston Affiliate|
|Team Red, White & Blue|
|Texas Center for the Missing|
|The Parish School|
|The Todd Krampitz Foundation|
|Vanessa’s Big Heart Foundation|
|The Women’s Home|
|Young Texans Against Cancer|