Houston Marathon runners overcome odds, raise money for charity

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by Daniel Gotera / 11 Sports

khou.com

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 26 at 10:02 PM

 

HOUSTON – The Chevron Houston Marathon is coming up this Sunday and a large crowd is expected once again.

Each participant has their own story and in the video above and description below, you can hear and read up on several of the runners that will be running in the race.

WHO: Alfredo Marcial Sr. and Alfredo Marcial Jr. - Father-son duo running their sixth marathon together, but Marcial Sr. is no stranger to marathons - he’s completed 13 so far and will complete his 14th with his son Marcial Jr. as he runs his sixth.

Shea Kohman - Celebrating overcoming cancer to run in the 2011 Chevron Houston Marathon, but she is also running to give back as part of TNT (Team in Training), an official Run for a Reason charity and an organization that assists in training for endurance events

Melissa Delgadillo - Miss Houston International 2011 is running her first half marathon in the city she represents; all the causes and non-profit organizations which benefit from the Chevron Houston Marathon’s programs give her all the more reason to begin her running career in Houston

Rosenberg Firefighters - Robert Salmons, Jason Johns and Justin Rodgers are three of seven firefighters who are running in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon not only to stay physically fit, but also to raise money for Cover Our Kids, a local program that provides winter coats for children in the Rosenberg area

Bill Records - Ran his first marathon in Houston in 2010 and has lost 100 pounds in two years since he started running; hopes to qualify for Boston with his time in the 2011 Chevron Houston Marathon

WHY: More than 26,000 runners will participate in the sold-out 39th annual Chevron Houston Marathon and companion Aramco Houston Half Marathon and El Paso Corporation 5K this Sunday, January 30. The competition begins at 6:45 a.m. with the wheelchair start for the marathon and half marathon.

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