FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2010 Houston Marathon Committee's
Run for a Reason Charity Program Raises $1.8 Million
Funds to Benefit 46 Charities
HOUSTON (Mar. 9, 2010) - The largest field in the history of Chevron
Houston Marathon weekend in January produced a record-setting total raised
by the Houston Marathon Committee's Run for a Reason charity program. More
than 12,000 donations raised $1.8 million to benefit 46 nonprofit
organizations through Run for a Reason, which has generated more than $10.4
million in its 15-year history.
Even before a single mile had been run in the 2010 Chevron Houston
Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon or El Paso Corporation 5K (EP5K),
the Run for a Reason program received $1.2 million in donations. Post-race
contributions pushed the final tally beyond the previous record total of
$1.26 million set in 2008.
"The dedicated runners who participate in our races and the family, friends
and coworkers who support them with contributions through the Run for a
Reason program continue to do extraordinary things for charity," said Brant
Kotch, race director of the Chevron Houston Marathon. "During challenging
economic times when these organizations need them the most, our community
delivered and exceeded expectations."
The 2009-2010 Run for a Reason charity program linked runners with
participating nonprofits. Runners in all three races as well as individuals
and organizations collected donations on behalf of an official charity of
Two new Run for a Reason initiatives included in this year's program proved
popular with runners. The Hero entry program enabled runners to donate to
their preferred official charity and secure a guaranteed registration for
the race. In addition, a Fundraising for Registration option allowed
runners to fundraise for an entry, with no up-front, out-of-pocket expense
required on their part.
More than 26,000 runners registered to participate in the 38th annual
Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and EP5K, which took
place January 17, 2010.
To learn more about how to apply to our 2010-2011 Run for a Reason program,
please visit www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com/RunForAReason/index.cfm.
Official charities will be announced in early June. The 39th running of the
Chevron Houston Marathon is scheduled for January 30, 2011.