HOUSTON Thousands, many chasing a cause, ran the Chevron Houston Marathon Sunday morning.

Behind your elite marathoners, they stretched, posed for pictures and prepped mentally.

It ll be my first full (marathon), said Kevin Beard, a runner. Some in sneakers ran for speed.

I want to see if I can get a (personal record), said David Breaux, another runner.

Others, like Lara O Brien, ran for a cause.

I m out here for Megs Miles, O Brien said.

Her college friend Meg Menzies, 34, died last week. She was killed jogging in Virginia. Police said Menzies was hit by a suspected drunk driver.

In Menzies memory, hundreds joined Megs Miles, a social media pledge to run for Meg.

She s got three kids and they re left on their own and I want everybody to run for a cause, O Brien said.

Whatever their motivation, no one outran security or screaming fans. Constant cheers pushed runners downtown.

There s a lot of crowd support, said Laura Godfrey, a runner.

In West University Place, that support rounded new corners. People with cow bells, air horns, thunder sticks and louder cheers greeted runners. Strangers offered compliments and orange slices. A band played on one corner.

Then, every so often, we saw families going nuts.

Dad, do you like my sign, asked Logan Greene, whose dad was running but briefly stopped for a hugs and kisses with his five children and wife.

Take it from Greene s dad, Lawrence, for runners their whole Houston Marathon experience was fun.

(It was) awesome, he said. That s the best feeling ever. Thank you!

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