Chevron Houston Marathon's Run for a Reason Charity Program Sets New High
Generates event record $2.3 million to benefit 57 participating charities
Posted Thursday, 1 March, 2012
From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA
HOUSTON - (Feb. 29, 2012) - The Chevron Houston Marathon's Run for a Reason charity program has set a new fundraising record of more than $2.3 million to benefit 57 charities. With more than 18,000 donations, the 2011-12 season marks the third consecutive record year of the program, generating nearly $15 million in its 18-year history.
"Coming off a record-breaking 40th anniversary race weekend with four course records, an all-time high for spectators and marathon finishers, and an unprecedented Olympic Trials, we could not be more thrilled to announce this fundraising record and honored to help support our local charities," stated Wade Morehead, executive director of the Houston Marathon Committee. "Our committed runners continue to do extraordinary fundraising for our community, and the tremendous growth of this program would not be possible without their passionate commitment to giving."
Race participants and donors raised more than $2 million prior to race day, January 15, 2012, of the 40th anniversary Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and El Paso Corporation 5K, nearly reaching the program's previous record total of $2.1 million set in 2011.
Since breaking the $1-million fundraising mark in 2008, the number of fundraisers and charity donations has more than tripled and generated $8.6 million, more than half of the program's total funds raised since its inception in 1995.
The Run for a Reason program links runners with participating nonprofits and provides a platform for charities to raise awareness and funds as well as educate others about their cause. The program also offers alternative ways to enter the marathon and half-marathon races through "Heroes" charity registration and "fundraise for registration" options. Details about these charity registrations and more can be found at: RunforaReasonHouston.org
Official 2012-13 Run for a Reason charities will be announced on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Fundraising will open on May 8, the first day of early race registration.
The 41st running of the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and EP5K is scheduled for Sunday, January 13, 2013. Lottery registration for the marathon and half-marathon races opens on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at: ChevronHoustonMarathon.com
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 and 5K. In 2012, more than 20,000 runners participated in three race weekend events organized by 7,500 volunteers, creating Houston's largest single-day sporting event. HMC has hosted numerous world-renowned road races, including the 2012 U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic Trials - Marathon on January 14, as well as the USA Men's and Women's Half Marathon Championships since 2005 and 2007 respectively, and the 1992 U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trials.
For more information, go to HoustonMarathon.com or call (713) 957-3453.