Chevron Houston Marathon sets record

HOUSTON For the first time in its history, participants in the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and EP5K have raised more than $1 million for 45 charities that were a part of 'Run for a Reason,' the event's fund raising program.

This year, $1,262,925.55 was raised, up from $852,000 raised in 2007, and almost double the $660,000 total in 2006.

"We wanted to break the $1 million mark this year and we knew, thanks to our great participants, that it was attainable," said Brant Kotch, Race Director. "Thousands of them made the commitment to Run for a Reason and their dedication to their causes is reflected in the charity total."

The marathon, half marathon, 5K and Kids' Fun Run attracted a record 24,000 participants in 2008. The marathon and half marathon reached their combined cap of 17,000 in late September, more than three months ahead of race day.

The 37th running of the Chevron Houston Marathon is set for Jan. 18, 2009.

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