Chevron Houston Marathon Lottery Registration Closing Soon!
Want to be a part of the 41st running of one of the top marathons in the country? Lottery registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Central time on Thursday, June 21. Runners will be selected - between Friday, June 22 and Monday, June 24 -- to complete the combined field of 25,000 for the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Half Marathon.
Lucky registrants will begin being notified on Tuesday, June 25. Registration fees for the two events remain at $125 for the marathon and $105 for the half marathon.
McAllen's Fiesta Marathon set for Sunday, December 16
Marathon officials announced on their Facebook page last Monday that this year's race -- the sixth annual -- would take place on Sunday, December 16 with the Health & Fitness Expo and Packet Pickup occuring the day before.
Registration is reported to be opening by the end of June. The Fiesta Marathon, which includes a five-person marathon relay, half marathon and 5K, has been one of the more economical events in the state.
Scott & White Healthcare B/CS Marathon adds capacity counter
Little concerned about when an event is close to selling out? Officials with the BCS (or Bryan-College Station) Marathon and Half Marathon want you to know how close they are to their respective caps of 1,250 and 2,750 runners, respectively.
At the top of their website, www.bcsmarathon.com, there are percentage indicators which report the races are 31% and 28% towards their capacity of the Sunday, December 9 event.
Those percentages would estimate 387 marathoners and 770 half marathoners have signed up to date. The only way for any event to achieve full transparency is to not only report the numbers registered, but to also post the participant list publicly.
Registration for the second annual event is currently $80 for the marathon and $65 for the half marathon. Information is not available on the website currently as to when the price may increase before race day.
New Year's Double early bird prices to go bye-bye soon!
Race director Libby Jones reports this morning via her events' Facebook page that there are just 35 marathon slots remaining for each day's (New Year's Eve and New Year's Day) race until the next $10 price jump.
The New Year's Double races, with their current $60 price, are the cheapest in the Lone Star state.
Texans Marathoners This Past Weekend
Almost 100 Texans -- 94, to be exact -- completed the 36th annual Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota on Saturday with Zapata's Benjamin Metto, 37, leading the way with a fourth-place finish of 2:13:45. Metto grabbed $4,000 plus a $1,250 sub-2:14 incentive bonus. He ran 2:13:57 for 7th a year ago and 2:19:15 in 2010, still good enough for a ninth-place finish. San Antonio's Jeremy Daum, 26, was the second-fastest Texan in 2:27:38 while his wife Emily, 25, was busy running 1:18:14 in the USA Half Marathon Championship that was part of the Gerry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Fifteen runners -- nine men and six women -- posted Boston Marathon Qualifying times. Dallas' Shelley Kaiser, 32, and Austin's Alisa Gardner, 34, had the top two times from Texas women as they stopped the clock in 3:15:10 and 3:17:35, respectively.
A dozen runners from Texas help christen the Canton (Ohio) Marathon on Sunday, June 17 with an event that started at the landmark Pro Football Hall of Fame and ended on the field at Fawcett Stadium. Houston's Wynne Harvey, 39, and Cibolo's Deydre Teyhen, 41, had the top male and female times of 3:25:19 and 3:41:28, respectively. Teyheh and her husband, John, were one of three couples that ran the marathon, including Spring's William and Bridget Moeller - who are 50 States Marathon Club members - and Temple's Roy and Rita Sharp.
And finally, Amarillo's Robert Gerald, 63, placed third in his age group with a 4:51:58 finish at the Mama Rose's Estes Park Marathon in Colorado on Sunday. San Antonio's Larry Macon, 67, added yet another finish to his 825-plus career marathons.