Friday, January 14, 2022

Just Some Notables For This Weekend's Races In Houston!

Just some notables that have bibs for this weekend's We Are Houston 5K, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and the Chevron Houston Marathon.  And just because someone is in the database doesn't guarantee that they'll run!


Former KTRK-TV Channel 13 anchor and current KEYE-TV anchor (in Austin) ADELA UCHIDA will be running her sixth career Chevron Houston Marathon - to go with three Aramco Houston Half Marathons.  Her marathon PR came here in Houston in 2012 with a time of 3:53:29.

KTRK Channel 13 reporter JESSICA WILLEY will be running the marathon on Sunday, which will be her fourth Chevron Houston Marathon after finishing in 2016, 2017 and her Boston qualifier in 2019 of 3:38:36.  She also has fourth in-person Aramco Houston Half Marathons to her credit (2013, 2015, 2018 and 2020).

Harris County Judge LINA HIDALGO will be aiming to finish her third Chevron Houston Marathon - not counting last year's virtual effort.  She ran 4:14:26 in 2019 and 4:12:05 in 2020.

Last year's winner of The Woodlands Marathon who was disqualified for not going to a turnaround spot midway through the race MCKALE MONTGOMERY will be running the marathon on Sunday.  She later finished the Grandma's Marathon in 2:36:56 and the Chicago Marathon in 2:43:04.

Humble's STEVE BOONE has drawn bib number 800 as he will be running his 800th career marathon on Sunday.  He has run 34 consecutive Houston Marathons, dating back to 1988, including last year's virtual effort.

Also going for a milestone marathon is Houston's SUZY SEELEY as she will toe the line for her 300th career marathon on Sunday.  She has completed 25 Chevron Houston Marathons - consecutive from 1995 to 2019 - as well as the Aramco Houston Half Marathon in 2020.

BCS Marathon founder and race director CHRIS FIELD will be aiming for his seventh Chevron Houston Marathon finish.  Three years ago, Chris ran his best time at Houston with a sharp 3:08:42, down from his debut at Houston in 2010 which was a time of 4:46:09.  He has also run the Aramco Houston Half Marathon once in 1:30:18.

Former University of Houston Cougar and The Woodlands Christian Academy head cross country and track and field coach TOM EARLE.  He is running in the event for the first time since 1986 when he ran the marathon in 3:37:06!

Waco Miracle Marathon race director NANCY GOODNIGHT is on deck - a week after doing the 100K at Bandera and running the Texas Marathon the Saturday before - for her fourth career Houston Marathon.  Her first was in 2002, where she ran the race in 4:12:37.  Her last two outings in 2019 and 2020 were times of 3:49:14 and 3:28:32, respectively.

San Antonio Central Catholic and Providence Catholic head cross country coach GARY BRIMMER will be running the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Sunday and will be in his first event here since 1998 when he ran the marathon in 2:49:49, good for 78th overall.

Not listed in the event's press release announcing its elite fields (which could mean also that she's withdrawn) is 2016 Olympics gold medalist in the triathlon - and two-time Olympian - GWEN JORGENSEN, who would have brought a 1:10:58 PR to the half marathon field.  But super sleuth Ed Fry went to Gwen's Instagram for more:  "Thrilled to be back to pain free running. After almost a month of mystery pain I had a bursa drained next to my plantar. This was causing a ton of pain that was assumed to be plantar fasciitis but my gut told me that wasn’t true. I’m grateful to people around me that never give up."

Former marathon winners who have a bib and are listed in the app:

225 - Clent Mericle (1975 tie, 1977)
915 - Benji Durden (1982)
6306 - Adriana Fernandez Miranda (1996)
103 - Biruktayt Eshetu Degefa (2016, 2018, 2019)

In the We Are Houston 5K on Saturday,

51720 - Montgomery Lake Creek's Carter Gordy (12th in UIL 5A XC)

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