The Houston Marathon Committee Welcomes Sarah Pepper Aboard

Houston’s famous female voice from the Mix 96.5 Morning Show and Houston Dash Stadium Announcer to join the HMC Race Announcer Team

 Houston, TX (October 26th, 2023) – The Houston Marathon Committee announced today that local radio celebrity Sarah Pepper will join the Race Announcer Team at the start line and finish line of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon on January 14, 2024.

Pepper, who has completed seven Aramco Houston Half Marathons, will join long-time race announcer Whit Raymond on the start line stage and in the finish line chute to welcome and celebrate all 27,000 runners at Houston’s annual largest single-day sporting event.

“Joining the HMC team means the world to me because running has been a part of my life since I was seven years old,” stated Pepper, who also serves as the game-day announcer for the Houston Dash women’s professional soccer team. “It represents strength. It represents the celebration of our mutual abilities to push to do things previously thought to be impossible.”

Athletes and spectators will also see the popular radio personality on Saturday of race weekend, as Pepper will toe the start line for the 10th time to participate in the We Are Houston 5K presented by Aramco and Chevron with 6,000 fellow runners on Saturday, January 13, 2024. This year, Pepper will race alongside her colleague, Houston Dash mascot Diesel, as he will run his first-ever 5K race.

“We are so excited that Sarah will be joining our team as she has been a wonderful advocate and supporter of our annual weekend of events for years, and she has participated in our races for over a decade,” stated Wade Morehead, Executive Director of the Houston Marathon Committee and Foundation. “Everyone in Houston knows Sarah and hearing her fun, friendly, and familiar voice on race morning and as they cross the finish line will make their amazing feats even more special.”

For more information on the HMC and how to run, cheer, and volunteer at the 2024 Chevron Houston Marathon Weekend of Events, please visit the Houston Marathon Committee’s website at or reach out to the media team.

About Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. (HMC) – Founded in 1972, the HMC is a founding member of Running USA and organizes the nation’s premier winter marathon, half marathon, and 5K hosting over 300,000 participants, volunteers, and spectators on race day. Recognized by World Athletics, the Gold Label Chevron Houston Marathon has been the race site for three U.S. Olympic Trials Marathons. The Gold Label Aramco Houston Half Marathon has hosted 16 U.S. Half Marathon Championships. The HMC received Gold Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport from 2011 to 2020, and the event garnered the 2015 AIMS Green Award for industry leading sustainability initiatives. Race weekend generates over $50 million in economic impact for the region annually and has raised $35 million through the Run for a Reason Charity Program since its inception in 1995. The event is broadcast live on ABC13 and syndicated nationally and internationally on ESPN3 and the Longhorn Network.