Run it for the finisher's medal! (about: 2012)|
Kami K. from Corpus Christi, TX (1/4/12)
50+ previous marathons
| 1 Texas Marathon
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Texas Marathon is the brainchild of Steve & Paula Boone, the founders of the 50 States Marathon Club. The two of them have run more than 800 marathons. 2012 Houston Marathon would be Steve's marathon #500! The 13th edition of Texas Marathon showed that they certainly know how to organize a marathon run. If you decide to run it, sign up early as it sells out quickly.
Packet pick-up was on Saturday afternoon/evening. Each runner received a long-sleeved cotton T-shirt, a duffle bag, & a laptop computer bag.
Race day temperature ranged from low 60s to high 70s. It was sunny. Wind was not a factor. The marathon started at 8:00 am; the half marathon at 8:15 am. We ran the same flat 6.55-mile out-&-back route, which included a loop, on concrete greenbelt trails 4 times (half marathoners ran it twice). Although it was scenic, running the same route 4 times can be monotonic. There were water/sports drink stations at approximately every 1.5 miles. There were snack items at the end of each leg of the run. As expected, there was no crowd support, but race volunteers were cheerful & due to out-&-back nature of the course, runners were cheering each other.
Each finisher received a nice & heavy (weighing nearly 3 pounds) medal & a pink pig! There were plenty of recovery food items & drinks in a picnic-type atmosphere.
There were 221 (131 male, 90 female) marathon finishers in the average time of 5:07:11. The winning times were 3:10:59 (overall male) & 3:13:23 (overall female). There were 345 half marathon finishers, & the winning times were 1:18:43 (overall male) & 1:34:50 (overall female).