Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Program Information

The Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Program connects the philanthropic community to passionate race participants willing to fundraise and raise awareness for meaningful causes. Since its inception in 1995, more than $32 million has been raised to benefit the various charitable organizations involved with the program. Every year, individuals have the opportunity to select an official Run for a Reason charity partner from a variety of categories that serve constituents based locally, nationally, or internationally. For the 2021 event, runners have the opportunity to choose to partner with one of 61 Official Run for a Reason Charities.

Charity Race Registration Opportunities

Just Fundraise

Just Fundraise is an opportunity for those that want to support a charity or fundraise on behalf of a loved one to do just that, Just Fundraise.

Individuals interested in this option should apply via the 2021 Charity Registration page for their selected Official RFAR Charity Partner by clicking on their selected organization and choosing the Just Fundraise link. This option will offer the opportunity to create a fundraising page.

Fundraising for Registration and HERO Registrations will no longer be available for the 2021 Virtual Houston Marathon Running Events.

Fundraising for Registration

Fundraising For Registration or FFR, gives the runner the opportunity to fundraise on behalf of an official RFAR charity. In order to participate in this program, the runner will commit to fundraising a minimum (varies by charity), and in exchange, the runner will receive an entry into their desired race. FFR opportunities are available for the Chevron Houston Marathon, the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, and the We Are Houston 5K.

HERO Registration

HERO Registration gives the runner the opportunity obtain a guaranteed entry into the Chevron Houston Marathon or the Aramco Houston Half Marathon by purchasing their entry at a reduced price ($140 marathon/$125 half marathon plus processing fees) and making a one-time tax deductible donation of at least $350 to one of the Official RFAR Charity Partner. Additionally, HERO runners will have the opportunity to continue fundraising for their selected charity through a personalized fundraising page.

HERO runners will receive benefits on race weekend including:
• HERO Goodie Bags
• Exclusive Pre-Race Bathrooms
• Post-Race Massage

Fundraiser Search

Searching for an individual or team fundraiser? Click on the 2021 Fundraising Leaderboard link below and select either the Fundraisers or Teams tab. Click on the Find a Fundraiser or Find a Team search bar to locate your favorite runner or team!

2021 Fundraising Leaderboard

2022 Official RFAR Charity Partner Application

Applications for the 2022 Chevron Houston Marathon RFAR Program will be accepted September 23, 2020 through October 16, 2020. Information about the program and requirements can be found in the document below. Applying organizations must hold 501 (c) 3 status, have been in operation for a minimum of two years, and serve constituents in the greater Houston area.

2022 RFAR Application Information

2022 RFAR Program Application – Returning Charity

2022 RFAR Program Application – New Charity

Returning charities and new charities that have requested information, will receive the link to the application form the week of September 21.

Any new charities that would like to submit an application can complete the Official RFAR Charity Partner Information Request or email rfar@houstonmarathon.com.

Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Charity Challenge

Chevron will donate a total of $75,000 to three Official RFAR Charity Partners during the fourth consecutive Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Charity Challenge. The RFAR Official Charity Partners will have an opportunity to win $25,000 in the following categories:

  • Greatest Number of Contest Votes During the Voting Period
  • Most Money Raised by a Single Charity Organization During the Voting Period
  • Highest Number of Donations Made by Individual Donors During the Voting Period

Specific details regarding the 2021 Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Charity Challenge will be available at a later date.

Becoming an Official RFAR Charity Partner

Charity applications for the 2021 Run for a Reason Program are no longer being accepted, however, applications for the 2022 Run for a Reason Program are being accepted through October 16, 2020. Organizations that apply must hold 501(c)3 status, have been in operation for a minimum of two years and serve constituents in the greater Houston area. To receive information or to request an application, please complete the form via the link below.

Official RFAR Charity Partner Information Request

Questions

For questions regarding the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason charity program, contact us at rfar@houstonmarathon.com or 713.957.3453 ext. 59.