FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Participant Cap Increased for 40th Anniversary of Chevron Houston Marathon
New Early Registration, Time Qualifications for Guaranteed Race Entries
HOUSTON (Apr. 5, 2011) - The Houston Marathon Committee has increased its
participant cap to 24,000 for the 40th anniversary of the Chevron Houston
Marathon on January 15, 2012. The Committee will also offer early
registration for a limited number of runners who meet time qualification
standards to receive a guaranteed race entry.
The raised cap represents a 2,000-participant increase over the 2011 cap
and will be applied to the marathon field with 13,000 entries reserved for
the marathon and 11,000 for the half marathon.
"With the large number of guaranteed marathon entries allocated to runners
who have completed five or more Houston Marathons, we wanted to allow more
runners to participate," said Wade Morehead, executive director of the
Houston Marathon Committee. "The marathon cap increase allows us to cater
to our dedicated runners while at the same time offer more opportunities
for others to take part in our event."
Runners who meet a four-hour and two-hour time qualification standard for
the marathon and half marathon, respectively, are eligible to receive a
limited number of guaranteed race entries available during an early
registration period which opens on May 10, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. CST and closes
on May 31 at 11:59 p.m. CST. A 10K qualifying time of 54 minutes or less
may also be used to enter the half marathon to allow an opportunity for
newer runners to enter our race. Finisher times dating back to July 2010
may be used to qualify for early registration. A list of eligible
qualifying races can be found at chevronhoustonmarathon.com.
Time qualification entries will be limited to the first 2,000 marathon and
1,500 half marathoners who meet these standards and are available on a
first-come, first-serve basis. If the time qualification fields are not
fulfilled during early registration, the remaining race entries will be
added to the open lottery pool.
In addition to time standards, runners who have completed five or more
Houston Marathons, deferred 2011 race registrants and members designated by
the Houston Area Road Runner Association (HARRA) are eligible to sign up
early and receive a guaranteed race entry.
Race registration for the general public will open on June 1, 2011 at 8:00
a.m. CST and extend through June 23, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Runners must
register online at chevronhoustonmarathon.com during the 23-day period. All
registrants will be notified of their selection status no later than June
Registration fees for the marathon and half marathon races are $125 and
A limited number of guaranteed race entries will also be available through
a "Heroes" charity registration for both the marathon and half marathon.
The "Heroes" charity registration enables runners to make a direct donation
of at least $350 to an official race charity of the runner's choice, plus
the cost of registration, to secure a spot in either race. Official
2011-2012 Run for a Reason charities will be announced on May 2, 2011. This
past January, the Run for a Reason program raised a record $2 million for
52 participating nonprofits.
The 2012 Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and El Paso
Corporation 5K will take place on January 15, 2012. Registration for the El
Paso Corporation 5K will open on September 15, 2011.
Additional details about 2012 race registration can be found at