Reasons to run the Houston Marathon
There are several reasons to run the Houston Marathon, but I feel that the top four are the following:
Well-established and organized event
The Houston Marathon was established in 1972. In its 47 years since its inception, it has grown to become a world-class event that is recognized by the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF). It has been selected and hosted 16 U.S. Half Marathon Championships as well as three U.S. Olympic Trials Marathons. It has received the Gold Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport for five consecutive years and was also awarded the 2015 AIMS Green Award for industry-leading s ustainability initiatives.
Through its Run for a Reason Program, the Houston Marathon connects over 60 different charities to runners who are passionate about a cause and decide to help raise funds and awareness for it. Since the program began in 1995, it has raised more than $28 million in benefit of various charities.
The community loves the event
Registration for all 3 distances in the 2019 event (Full marathon, half marathon, 5k) completely sold out and marks the 14th year in a row in which at least one of the distances does so. This is a testament from the local, national, and international running community that speaks volumes about the quality of the Houston Marathon.
Flat and fast course, conducive to course and personal records
The Houston Marathon is well known for its flat terrain and producing both personal and course records. The American half marathon record of 59:43 was set here in 2007, and on January 2018, the event saw five new records, including the women’s Olympic Trials record by Shalane Flanagan, and four course records in the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon.