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Local Elites

Become a Local Elite for the 2020 Events

Local Elite status and invitation to the 2020 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon is awarded to the first* local finisher per category meeting the minimum qualifying standards (as shown in the table below) in the 2019 Chevron Houston Marathon AND each of the 2019 selected Local Qualifying races indicated below. 

The following rules apply:

  • Only one person in each category will be invited to the 2020 Local Elite Program.
  • Only the events shown listed in the qualifying standards will be used for local elite qualification.
  • Qualified local elite runners may register for the 2020 Chevron Houston Marathon or Aramco Houston Half Marathon.
  • In the event that the first local finisher in a category has already been invited in a previous event, the honor will roll down to the next local finisher in the same category who meets the minimum qualifying standards.
  • Age group qualification is determined by the athlete’s age on race day at the race they are running to qualify for the 2020 Chevron Houston Marathon. (i.e. If you are using the Space City 10 Miler to qualify, your qualifying time is based on your age on race day for the Space City 10 Miler)

For more information on local elite/invited runners, contact elite@houstonmarathon.com

* First place is determined by gun time at finish of each qualifying race.

2020 Local Elite Qualifiers

Congratulations to our 2019 Local Elite Finishers!

Below is the list of local athletes that have qualified at the 2019 Chevron Houston Marathon,  2019 Space City 10 Miler, 2019 Houston Half Marathon Presented by Houston Striders, 2019 HMSA Classical 25K and 2019 Fort Bend Kia 30K and are eligible to compete as in the Local Elite program in the 2020 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon.

2019 Chevron Houston Marathon Men Women
Open Bobby Zeller Cali Roper
40 Peter Lawrence Melissa Hopper
50 Garrett Rychlik Barbara Stoll
60 Tim Heitzwebel Pamela Butler
Other Local Invited Runners Men Women
Most Houston Marathon Finishes Jack Lippincott Maria Camacho
2003 Houston Marathon Men’s Open Winner Sean Wade
2002 Houston Marathon Men’s Open Winner Drew Prisner
Space City 10 Miler Men Women
Open Calum Neff Lauren Stroud
40 Vaughn Gibb Flora Lei
50 Sean Wade Peggy Yetman
60 Richard Peoples Billie Kay Melanson
Koala Health & Fitness
Houston Half Marathon
Men Women
Open Zaven O’Bryant Patricia Terry
40 Chris Stelzer Catherine Kruppa
50 Sim Cuevas Allyson Serrao
60 Dan Byrne Suzy Seeley
HMSA Classical 25K Men Women
Open Drew Bean Casey Timme
40 Dan Kahn
50  Paco Garza Lynn Malloy
60 Joe Flores  Pam Guidry
Fort Bend Kia 30K Men  Women 
Open Julius Michaels Melissa Fairey
40 Quanxin Xia Jackie Tobin
50 Todd DeMerchant
60 Richard Fredric Rhonda Emerson

Who is a Local Elite?

To be considered eligible as a “local” for the Local Elite Program, you must be able to prove permanent residence in one of the following 19 counties from the period beginning January 20, 2019 through race day January 19, 2020: Austin; Brazoria; Chambers; Fort Bend; Galveston; Grimes; Hardin; Harris; Jefferson; Liberty; Matagorda; Montgomery; Orange; Polk; San Jacinto; Walker; Waller; Washington; and Wharton.

Minimum Times Standard for Local Elite Qualifying Races

First finisher in each category must run the minimum time standard indicated in the table.

Space City
10 Miler
Half Marathon
Presented by
Houston Striders
Fort Bend
Kia 30K
2019 Dates 01/20/2019 10/TBD/2019 10/TBD/2019 11/TBD/2019 12/TBD/2019
Female Open 3:05:30 1:08:04 1:30:11 1:47:35 2:10:03
F40 3:15:25 1:10:19 1:33:10 1:51:30 2:15:23
F50 3:40:19 1:17:06 1:41:09 2:03:16  2:30:51
F60 4:13:05 1:27:57 1:56:33 2:20:51 2:52:40
F70 4:57:17 1:42:22 2:15:40 2:44:18 3:21:54
Male Open 2:44:22 0:58:24 1:17:55 1:33:23 1:53:34
M40 2:48:25 1:01:12 1:21:10 1:36:56 1:57:21
M50 3:03:31 1:06:19 1:28:06 1:45:18 2:07:38
M60 3:21:33 1:12:22 1:36:19 1:55:14 2:19:52
M70 3:43:32 1:19:42 1:46:15 2:07:18 2:34:42

Click here
to visit the warm-up series race page and learn more about these events. Qualifiers will be notified within 2 weeks following the qualifying event.

2020 Local Athlete Prize Money

Local Athlete Prize Money awards are given to top local finishers in the following categories for both the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Prize Money is generally mailed 6 – 8 weeks following the events to the registered address on file for the respective winners.


Place Men’s & Women’s Prize Money
1 $500
2 $350
3 $150
Top Masters Men’s & Women’s Prize Money
40-49 $250
50-59 $125
60-69 $125
70-79 $125

Place and prize money determined by gun time.

Half Marathon

Place Men’s & Women’s Prize Money
1 $250
2 $150
 3  $100
 Top Masters Men’s & Women’s Prize Money
 40-49  $150
 50-59  $75
 60-69  $75
 70-79  $75

Place and prize money determined by gun time.