Local Elites

Become a Local Elite for the 2023 Events

Local Elite status and invitation to the 2023 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon are awarded to the first* local finisher per category meeting the minimum qualifying standards (see table below) in the 2022 Chevron Houston Marathon AND each of the selected 2022 Local Qualifying races indicated below. 

The following rules apply:

  • Only one person in each category will be invited to the 2023 Local Elite Program
  • Only the events listed in the qualifying standards will be used for local elite qualification
  • Virtual races will not be considered eligible for local elite qualification
  • Qualified local elite runners may register for the 2023 Chevron Houston Marathon or Aramco Houston Half Marathon
  • In the event that the first local finisher in a category has already qualified and been invited in a previous event, the invitation will be extended 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 competing in to qualify for the 2023 Chevron Houston Marathon. (e.g. 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, please email elite@houstonmarathon.com.

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

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 18, 2022 through race day January 15, 2023: 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 below.

Qualifying Races Chevron
Houston
Marathon
Space City
10 Miler
Houston
Half Marathon
Presented by
Houston Striders
HMSA
Classical
25K
Miles for Military 30K
2022 Dates 01/16/2022 10/2/2022 10/30/2022 11/20/2022 12/11/2022
Female Open 2:48:14 0:59:05 1:17:45 1:37:28 1:57:58
F40 2:58:23 1:03:27 1:23:24 1:43:31 2:05:15
F50 3:21:26 1:10:59 1:33:28 1:56:15 2:20:56
F60 3:52:20 1:20:55 1:46:51 2:13:10 2:41:49
F70 4:34:35 1:34:08 2:04:41 2:35:50 3:10:00
Male Open 2:32:54 0:52:43 1:09:54 1:27:21 1:46:13
M40 2:43:19 0:56:44 1:15:05 1:33:19 1:53:26
M50 2:58:13 1:01:50 1:21:54 1:41:49 2:03:48
M60 3:16:05 1:07:57 1:30:08 1:52:01 2:16:13
M70 3:40:36 1:16:21 1:41:26 2:06:05 2:33:18

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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.

2023 Local Athlete Qualifiers

Congratulations to the runners below who have qualified for the 2023 Local Elite field.

Chevron Houston Marathon
Category First Name Last Name Qualifying Time
Female Open Chelsea Barr 2:46:02
F40 Jamie Johnston 2:56:36
F50 Peggy Yetman 3:09:02
F60 Suzy Seeley 3:40:58
Male Open Cal Neff 2:19:33
M40 Ramon Rosales 2:36:35
M50 Peter Lawrence 2:40:54
M60 Tim Heitzbel 3:08:08