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
Avondale House
Back On My Feet
Bering Omega Community Services
Best Buddies
Bo’s Place
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
C Different Foundation
The Cade R. Alpard Foundation for Pediatric Liver Disease
CanCare, Inc.
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
Houston SPCA
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Living Water International
Lupus Foundation of America, TX Gulf Coast Chapter
Marathon Kids
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
REACH Unlimited
Ronald McDonald House Houston
San Jose Clinic
SEARCH Homeless Services
Sheltering Arms Senior Services
Snowdrop Foundation
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