FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
American Brett Gotcher to Return to Chevron Houston Marathon
HOUSTON (Sept. 2, 2010). Brett Gotcher, who recorded the fourth fastest
debut marathon ever by an American earlier this year in Houston, will
return for the 2011 Chevron Houston Marathon to be held on Sunday, January
"I'm thrilled to be returning to Houston for my next attempt at the
marathon,. said Gotcher, a graduate of Stanford University. "The entire
Houston Marathon Committee has been so supportive over the years and I'm
thankful to be racing there again this year. I have so many good memories
from racing in Houston in the past and I'm looking forward to making some
new ones this January."
The 2011 race will mark the first marathon for 26-year-old Gotcher since
placing 7th in this year's edition of the race in 2:10:36.
"In his 2010 marathon debut here, Brett became the fastest American ever at
our race. We are really looking forward to seeing what he can do with
another year of targeted training under his belt and the experience that he
gained running our course last January," said Race Director Brant Kotch.
"We want to provide Brett with a platform on which he can continue to build
momentum in the run-up to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials."
Gotcher currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he trains with the
Adidas-sponsored McMillan Elite group, coached by Greg McMillan.
"The Houston Marathon Committee and its foundation have been great
supporters of our efforts to aid in the resurgence of U.S. distance
running," said McMillan, who has coached Gotcher for the past three years.
"We were honored that they invited Brett to debut at the Chevron Houston
Marathon in 2010. His race was a great kick start to his marathoning career
and we are excited to return to Houston for his second marathon where he
hopes to continue his drive toward Houston's 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials."
Houston will host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon on Saturday,
January 14, 2012, a first for a single city to host both the men's and
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 and companion half marathon, 5K and kids' fun run. The four race
weekend events annually attract more than 30,000 participants from 50 U.S.
states and 20 foreign countries. More than 7,500 volunteers help organize
the races, which is Houston's largest single-day sporting event. In
addition to hosting numerous world-renowned road races, including the
Men's and Women's USA Half Marathon Championships since 2005 and 2007
respectively, and the 1992 Women's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, the HMC
will host the 2012 Men's and Women's U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon
on January 14, 2012.
For more information, visit houstonmarathon.com or call 713.957.3453.