Thousands of runners laced up this year to run the new course of the 42nd annual Chevron Houston Marathon. Some like John Mueller, who ran for his girlfriend that’s stationed in Kuwait, and some, who just love to run.
Runner, Ken Chitwood said “I did well, I went out just to have fun and enjoy the city, the sites and looking forward to Boston later this year.” Jared Meyer, another runner said “It was awesome, crowd was great, a lot of support out there, the weather was great, it got a little warm with the sun, but, yeah I can’t say anything negative about it.” Chelsea Brundage, also a runner added “I was ere in 2012 right after the trials, it’s a great course, great day and it stayed cool enough for us.”
There was also heightened security with bomb sniffing dogs, keeping the race drama free.
This year, like many in the past, the Ethiopians take the number one spot in both Men’s and Women’s brackets. Bazu Worku, last years winner, takes his second Houston Marathon win, this year with better weather, he finished in two hours, seven minuets. Not too shabby, but it’s no course record. Brant Kotch, Race Director commented that “It’s nice to feel slightly disappointed about a 02:07:30ish run, ya know when 5 years ago, 6 years ago our race record was 02:10:04, so that’s exciting.”
Abebech Bekele, also Ethiopian, came across the line nearly 20 minuets after Worku at a respectable two hours, twenty five minuets.
Congrats to all this year’s participants, your hard work has paid off! Now back to training for next year.