Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend will feature 5K Fun Run move to Saturday
HOUSTON (May 24, 2012) - In conjunction with the opening of race registration for the 2013 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Wednesday, June 6, the Houston Marathon Committee will celebrate National Running Day at Memorial Park from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.
The opening of the lottery coincides with this coast-to-coast celebration of the sport of running, which occurs annually on the first Wednesday of June. The "party in the park," located near the tennis center, will feature music, refreshments and giveaways including a drawing for five guaranteed race entries, free National Running Day T-shirts (while supplies last), plus a six-mile run at 6:00 pm led by Houston Marathon Committee staff members. Please visit www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com/runners/nationalrunningday.cfm
for more details.
Race-day for the 41st annual Chevron Houston Marathon and the 12th annual Aramco Houston Half Marathon is Sunday, January 13. This year's event features a record participant-cap of 25,000 runners for the marathon (13,000) and the half marathon (12,000).
New to the 2013 event, the traditional Sunday 5K Fun Run will now be conducted on Saturday, January 12. The annual family-friendly run will be capped at 5,000 runners, and registration for the 5K will also begin on June 6 and remain open until the participant limit is reached.
"In our continuous effort to enhance the participant experience for the Chevron Houston Marathon race weekend, the move of the 5K creates more opportunities for runners to enjoy the races," stated Wade Morehead, HMC Executive Director. "There are numerous benefits to conducting the races over two days, as it expands race weekend and affords an opportunity for more runners to participate in a less-crowded environment."
Entry fees will not be increased this year, remaining at $125 for the full and $105 for the half. Participant selections for the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will be formally announced by Monday, June 25. Registration for the 5K fun run will remain open until the cap is reached. The entry fee is $25 through June 30th, $30 from July 1st to October 31st, and $35 from November 1st to January 6th. If entries are still available, the EXPO registration price will be $40.
About the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc.
Established in 1972, the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. (HMC)
, a Running USA Founding Member, annually organizes the nation's premier winter marathon, half-marathon, 5K and kids' fun run. In 2012, more than 30,000 runners participated in four race weekend events organized by 7,500 volunteers, creating Houston's largest single-day sporting event. The 2013 events will be held on January 13, 2013.