Sponsored by            

 


18th annual
Metal Saw Texas Marathon

Date:        Sunday, January 1, 2017    
Time:       8:00 A.M. Marathon Start  8:15 A.M. Half Marathon Start                  
Location:  Greentree Park, Kingwood, TX
 
Address:   3826 Brook Shadow - Kingwood, TX 77345

History: Rick Worley was the reason for starting the Texas Marathon in 2000.  He was working on setting a Guinness World Record for the most marathons on consecutive weekends when he ran 200 in 159 consecutive weeks.  There was not a marathon being held during the Christmas weekend in 1999, which would have broken Rick's streak.  We organized the Free Kingwood Marathon and held it on 12/26/99.  Rick went to Ohio to run a series of marathons between Christmas and New Year's.  He needed a marathon on New Year's Day and could only find a very difficult ultra marathon.  We offered to organize another marathon six days after the Free Kingwood Marathon using the same course, with a new name, "Jammin' in January" and held it on New Year's Day.  The race has been held on New Year's Day every year since then.  Rick completed the Texas Marathon four times and participated in it every year until 2006 when he injured his ankle.  He completed 299 marathons including at least four in every state and also at least one on six continents.  Rick Worley was tragically killed in a traffic accident on 7/25/10. We send our love to Rick's family.  We will miss Rick, his laugh and his love of friends, family and marathoning. . -paula&steve 

Entry fee:
All events:  $90.00   

Registration:  Registration is now OPEN.  (Click here to register.)  

Refund, Transfer, Donation and Carry Forward:
If you are unable or unwilling or simply change your mind about participating in the Texas Marathon/Half 2017, we have several options available to participants who let us know before December 1st. We normally have a wait list and there is someone who would love to take your place. (NO tripping or use of voodoo dolls of current participants is allowed!!)  Please email steveboone@aol.com as soon as possible so that we can accommodate any requests.
*You may request a refund and receive your entry fee less a $10 irritation fee.  Please request a refund by November 30th. No refunds after December 1st.
*If you have a friend or enemy who would be willing to take your place, you may transfer your entry to them for a $10 irritation fee.  Please request transfers by December 1st. We must receive the transfer form by December 15th. No transfers will be filled after December 15th.
*If you would like to donate your entry to one of our active duty military participants, we will do it for no fee.  Please let us know by December 15th so that we can notify a military person on our wait list and allow them time to make plans.
*If you would like to defer until 2018 and you did not carry forward from a prior year, we will hold a spot for one year only with no irritation fee. You must let us know by December 1st to use this option so that we can notify a person on the wait list. If you do not participate in 2018, your entry will be forfeited.
*Deferrals are only good for one year. No refunds are not allowed if you have a deferral. However, you may transfer your entry or donate it to an active duty military person.

Events:
Marathon (26.2 miles-4 loops) 
Half Marathon (13.1 miles-2 loops) 

Course description:
Four loops on greenbelts in Kingwood, starting at the Greentree Pool, proceeding to Lake Houston and returning to the Greentree Pool. The course is run entirely on concrete greenbelt trails which are open to the public. Please use caution when crossing streets and be courteous to the residents of the neighborhood.

Click for:    Course Map & Elevation Profile      Map with all miles marked

Directions:

From I-59, exit Kingwood Drive, continue East on Kingwood Drive for approx. 4.5 miles. Take a left on Lake Houston Parkway (8th traffic light). Turn right on Brook Shadow Drive (approx. mile north on Lake Houston Parkway). The second stop sign on Brook Shadow Drive is Greentree Park (corner of Falling Brook and Brook Shadows).  3826 Brook Shadow - Kingwood, TX 77345 

Packet pickup:
Packet Pickup New Year's Eve 1 PM to 6 PM at the park. 3826 Brook Shadow - Kingwood, TX 77345
Packet pickup starts at 6:30 AM on New Year's Day at the park. 3826 Brook Shadow - Kingwood, TX 77345

Weather:
Temperatures vary from 32 to 60 degrees. Typically you can expect 40 degree weather.

Air Travel:
The closest airport is IAH- George Bush Intercontinental Airport-Houston, TX (less than 10 miles).  The next closest airport is HOU-William P. Hobby Airport-Houston, TX (31 miles).  Car rental is necessary because the hotels do not have shuttle service to the race site.  Most major airlines have service to Houston, TX. 

Lodging:
These rates will be for the 2017 Texas Marathon.  We will update as soon as possible. Please contact the hotels directly to verify rates and offers.

Comfort Suites-Kingwood 22223 Hwy 59N Humble, TX 77339        Race Headquarter Hotel                                                                
Reservations: 281-359-4448  Mention Texas Marathon
www.choicehotels.com/hotel/tx547
Price: $?? + tax for a king or double queen suite. 
Includes complimentary hot breakfast.  Late checkout available on request.

Candlewood Suites-Kingwood/Humble/IAH, 291 Kingwood Medical Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
24 Hour free shuttle, free laundry, pool with gazebo, Jacuzzi, gas grill, free wireless internet, business center, off freeway for safety and security.
www.candlewoodsuites.com/kingwoodtx

Country Inn & Suites-Houston Intercontinental Airport, 20611 Hwy 59N, Humble, TX 77338
www.countryinns.com/humbletx


Fairfield Inn
Marriott, 20525 Hwy 59 N, Humble, TX
Reservations 281-540-3311
www.fairfieldinn.com/houhm

Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Kingwood, 22675 Hwy 59 N, Kingwood, TX 77339

Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Houston, 12915 FM 1960 W Humble, TX 77065
Reservations: 281-359-2700

Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston-Kingwood Parc, 23320 Hwy 59 N, Kingwood, TX 77339
p:281.358.5566 x4502/ f: 281.358.5771
Ask for the Kingwood Marathon Room Block
Event rate reservation click here

50 One Bedroom Suites Blocked Out with a full kitchen and a sleeper sofa

The rate would be $?? per night
Heavy "Carb" Runners Dinner Saturday night with beer and wine
Special Runners Breakfast Bag TOGO Sunday Morning

*** All of our other amenities will still apply*****
Hotel Perks
Shuttle service (IAH Airport & Within 3 Miles)
75 Suites
37 – Inch TVs
Complimentary Hot Breakfast
      (Monday – Friday 6:30am-9:30am)
             (Weekends- 7:00am-10am)
Complimentary Light Dinner & Drinks
             (Monday- Thursday 5pm-7pm)
Fully equipped kitchens
Complimentary Convenience Store
Daily News Paper
Complementary WIFI
Fitness and Recreational Amenities
Access to Gold’s Gym & Embody
24Hour Fitness Center
Basket Ball Court
Outdoor Pool / Lounge Area
Whirlpool


Certification:

USATF Course certification number: TX15123ETM

Timing:
Timing will be provided by Run Houston Timing www.runhoustontiming.net 
Chips are on the back of the bib numbers.  Do not remove them. Wear your bib on the front of your shirt or shorts for visibility of the timing and turn around monitors.  Bib and packet pickup New Year's Eve 1 PM to 6 PM at the park. 3826 Brook Shadow - Kingwood, TX 77345
Race day bib and packet pickup starts at 6:30 AM on New Year's Day at the park. 3826 Brook Shadow - Kingwood, TX 77345

Race limit:
The race has a limit of 700 participants.     Check your registration

Time Limit:
This event is walker and velocity challenged participant friendly.  The only time limit is that participants must finish before dark (5:30pm).  An early start is not allowed because of the park curfew.

T-shirts, medals, and stuff:
Each participant and volunteer will receive a shirt. Each finisher will receive a custom finisher medal. The finisher medals are a secret until race day, so don't ask to see a picture of one because it isn't going to happen.  In lieu of age awards, your finisher squeezie critter will have your overall finishing position on it. 2017 will be the year of the Porta-potty. Each registered participant will receive a snazzy goody bag.  The Texas Marathon started as a marathon event only. Later we added a half marathon to accommodate family members and local runners in the interest of promoting the sport. We became aware that our event had changed its focus from a marathon to a half. This was not our intention. We heard several runners comment that there was no reason to run the marathon when they would receive the same medal for running the half. We agreed.  For the 2013 and all future events, marathoners will receive the really large medal and half marathoners will receive a substantial, yet smaller one. We feel this is in the best interest of the marathon sport.  -Steve&Paula

Pre-race Announcements and National Anthem:
Race announcements, introductions, and instructions will start at 7:45 AM.  National Anthem will be sung by Waverly Walk followed by the marathon start at 8:00 AM sharp. The half will begin at 8:15 AM.

Aid Stations:

There will be water and sports drink available every 1.5 miles at each of the aid stations. There are snacks available at the start/stop aid station (every 6.5 miles).   Portable toilets are located at the start and at each aid station.

Bag Drop:
There will be a area near the starting line where you can leave a drop bag that is easily accessible from the race course.

Awards:
 

We have designated 2017 as the "year of the squeezie Porta-potty". We hope you understand what an important critter this has been to runners everywhere. Each finisher will receive a critter with your overall finish position.  Don't blame us if you have a very slow critter.  Last year was the "year of the squeezie bug-eyed frog". Prior years have been: "year of the squeezie T-Rex" "year of the cheesie squeezie rat", "year of the pink pig", "year of the yellow rubber duck", "year of the penguin", "year of the bat", "year of the monkey", "year of the cow", and "year of the bear".  There are no age group awards because every runner is special.

Post race:
A pizza picnic lunch is provided after the race with fresh pizza being delivered every hour starting at 10 AM.  Also, snacks, fruit, cookies, chips, and soft drinks are available while you cheer on the other runners as they finish.

Results:
Finishing results will be available on the website, www.marathonguide.com, and www.runhoustontiming.net. Results will also be sent to Boston.

The Charity:
The net proceeds of this race will be donated to the Marathon Challenge running program. 

Marathon Challenge Program:
Twenty-four years ago we were repeatedly asked by PTA parents "How far was that marathon?".  After deciding that it nearly impossible to teach adults what a marathon was, we decided we would teach their children.  We came up with a program in our local school called the Marathon Challenge Program. The program promotes fitness for elementary school students by providing t-shirts to the students  who complete 26.2 miles or more of running/walking during the school year. The first year we had 14 students complete the distance.  Each year we've added schools  in the area to the program.  In 2015 almost 10,000  students completed the distance and received t-shirts.   The program has provided thousands of t-shirts to children for 23 yearsThe program is funded entirely by the proceeds of this event and private donations. Every dollar donated goes directly to the students.

Photos
 
The leftover Marathon Challenge shirts in 2007 were sent to an after school program for children in Ecuador.      photo a    photo b      photo c

To date, the race and your generous donations have raised funds for the Marathon Challenge Program in the amounts of:
2013-$19,000 2012-$19,000  2011-$22,000  2010-$17,500  2009-$11,000  2008-$4,000  2007-$3,000  2006-$1,906  2005-$1,302  2004-$2,450   2003-$1,250

Race Photography
:
Karen Thibodeaux Photography    www.yoursportingimage.com

Photos from Steve & Paula Boone    (2012 photos)   (2011 photos)  (2010 photos)

Video of 2012 Texas Marathon and Half from Monica Montoya  (video)

Video of 2016 Texas Half from Eunice & Kirk Mahoney (video)

Course Records:

Male Kurt Klewin Oklahoma City, OK 2:42:31 2009
Female Christine Agnew Houston, TX 3:06:12 2007
Wheelchair Chris McDonald Lumberton, TX 3:11:15 2008

Sponsors:
This year our very generous sponsor is Metal Sawing Technology. Visit their web site www.metalsaw.com

Does your company have free samples they would like to provide to 700 (very appreciative) runners??  If so, we would be very happy to include your items in our race packets.  Runners really love freebies!  Just drop us a line and we'll do the rest.  steveboone@aol.com

Volunteers:
If you know of an adult who wants to volunteer, please include their name and shirt size with your application or send us an email. steveboone@aol.com

We have marathoners traveling to Texas from out of the country.  We have had folks ask for rides to/from the race course.  If you are willing to be a contact for "shuttle service", please send us an email and we'll list you as a contact for our marathoners.  steveboone@aol.com

Texas Marathon Veterans:
After a participant completes their 5th Texas Marathon (26.2 mile event only counts), they are considered a Texas Marathon Veteran.  Special awards are presented to the finisher when they complete their 5th year and every 5 years afterward of the Texas Marathon. 

*50 States Marathon Club members
   www.50statesmarathonclub.com

5 Year Veterans

Name 5 year veteran year Years of Texas Marathon
Christal Albrecht-FL 2010 10
Harris Argo-TX 2008 8
Susie Eisenberg-Argo-TX 2009 8
Joe Barry-TX 2009 6
Jim Baudhuin-TX 2015 5
*Peter Bennett-TX 2011 9
*Karen Berglund-TX 2010 11
*Ron Berglund-TX 2010 11
Stefanie Bernosky-TX 2016 5
*Victor Bhatt-TX 2011 7
*Henry Bittle-KS 2016 5
*Steve Boone-TX 2004 17
*Ray Boytim-TX 2005 9
Kimberlie Budzik-TX 2012 5
Edward Campos-TX 2013 8
Margot Campos-TX 2013 7
Richard Carroll-TX 2016 10
Karen Castro-TX 2016 5
*German Collazos-TX 2010 11
Yong Collins-TX 2009 10
Clark Courtright-TX 2012 5
Mark Crichton-TX 2011 5
Donna Crocker-TX 2011 5
Christopher Culpepper-TX 2016 5
Penny Derkowski-TX 2011 5
*Tom Detore-KS 2010 5
*Michael DiGennaro-TX 2015 6
Chris Duggan-TX 2012 8
*Carol Earles-AR 2016 5
Patrick Foley-TX 2011 5
*Robert Furman-TX 2015 6
Jacob Gautreaux-TX 2016 5
Evan Groutage-TX 2004 6
Aiko Hanyu-TX 2013 7
Donald Hickombottom 2012 7
*Claude Hicks, Jr.-TX 2010 7
*Robert (Andy) Hill-TX 2014 7
*Grant Hodges-TX 2009 7
Kathy Hodges-TX 2014 5
*Mike Huff-TX 2006 13
John Hyak-TX 2012 9
Richard Jares-TX 2009 13
Brian Jenison-TX 2010 7
Ken Johnson-TX 2012 7
Stephen Jones-TX 2014 5
*Tina King-OK 2010 6
*Wayne King-OK 2010 6
Sergio Leonardi-TX 2015 6
Vincent Kowalski-TX 2009 8
*Steve Lind-TX 2016 5
Robert Lott, Jr.-TX 2008 13
Morgan Lusby-TX 2007 6
*Willem Maas-TX 2015 6
*Larry Macon-TX 2012 7
*Mirek Malinowski-TX 2011 5
Ken Merenda-TX 2014 7
*Thomas Moberly-TX 2011 9
*Bill Moeller-TX 2010 11
*Bridget Moeller-TX 2010 9
*Maggie Mount-TX 2016 5
Nhithi Nguyen-TX 2012 5
*Yen Nguyen-TX 2010 10
Jacqueline O'Brien-Nolen-TX 2005 16
Ila Owers-TX 2015 5
*Donna Palmer-TX 2016 5
Jones Ramsey-TX 2014 5
Rahul Reddy-TX 2016 5
*Jim Reeve-TX 2009 10
Carlos Reyes-TX 2012 9
Guy Rozas-TX 2014 7
Terry Sawma-TX 2010 11
*Suzy Seeley-TX 2006 9
Suresh Shah-TX 2010 10
*Clyde Shank-TX 2015 6
*Kelly Shank-TX 2015 5
Gerry Simpson-TX 2005 16
*Jim Simpson-CA 2014 5
Danielle Skelton-TX 2012 9
Paula Sokolich-TX 2013 8
*Chuck Struckness-MN 2010 11
Charles Taylor-AB, Canada 2013 6
Jay Teinert-TX 2013 5
Mark Thurber 2014 5
*Angela Tortorice-TX 2011 10
*Gary Van Kuiken-TX 2012 5
*Rene Villalobos-TX 2006 14
Fred Ward-TX 2009 12
*Frances Wasicka-TX 2015 6
*Joe Wasicka-TX 2014 7
Hudon White-TX 2015 6
Don Womble-TX 2015 6


10 Year Veterans

Name 10 year veteran year Years of Texas Marathon
Christal Albrecht 2016 10
*Karen Berglund-TX 2015 11
*Ron Berglund-TX 2015 11
*Steve Boone-TX 2009 17
*German Collazos-TX 2015 11
Yong Collins-TX 2015 10
*Mike Huff-TX 2011 13
Richard Jares-TX 2013 13
Robert Lott-TX 2013 13
*Thomas Moberly-TX 2016 10
*Bill Moeller-TX 2015 11
*Yen Nguyen-TX 2015 10
Jacqueline O'Brien-Nolen-TX 2010 16
*Jim Reeve-TX 2016 10
Terry Sawma-TX 2015 11
Suresh Shah-TX 2016 10
Gerry Simpson-TX 2010 16
*Chuck Struckness-MN 2015 11
*Angela Tortorice-TX 2016 10
*Rene Villalobos-TX 2012 14
Fred Ward-TX 2014 12

15 Year Veterans

Name 15 year veteran year Years of Texas Marathon
*Steve Boone-TX 2014 17
Jacqueline O'Brien-Nolen-TX 2015 16
Gerry Simpson-TX 2015 16

Texas Marathon Challenge:
The Texas Marathon Triple consists of the Texas Marathon, the Surfside Marathon, and the Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon. 
Run all three marathons and receive a free hat and T-shirt.  Run a half or marathon at each event and receive a free hat. No strings.
Texas Marathon 1/1/16
Surfside Beach Marathon 2/21/16
Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon 3/19-20/16

Extras:

Nifty, Custom made Wooden Display Medal Stand from Lifespeed Sportswww.lifespeedsports.com  email to order lifespeedsports@yahoo.com  Texas Marathon Special pricing is $32.00 (plus shipping). (photo)

For our tenth anniversary, Gary Nixon comissioned a stained glass work from his daughter, Sherry Nixon, for our Christmas gift.  It's a gorgeous 18" stained glass window.   (artwork)