Thousands of runners braved the cold and participated in the annual Chevron Houston Marathon on Sunday morning.

The race kicked off at 7 a.m. downtown with temps in the 30s. The 26.2 mile race and the Aramco Houston Half-Marathon began at Congress and San Jacinto.

Organizer anticipated about 27,000 runners.

"Weโ€™ll have 250,000 spectators, hopefully bundled up ready to cheer on the amazing elite field we will have,โ€ said Wade Morehead, the executive director of the Houston Marathon committee.

Although, the route resembled last year's race. Organizers wanted to highlight Houston's resilience by running through neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Harvey. This yearโ€™s shirts reflect the cityโ€™s motto following the storm - 'Houston Strong.'

โ€œIt was wonderful. Weather was great,โ€ said Bill Going, who completed the half-marathon. โ€œJust, a great run.โ€

It was Andrea Craytonโ€™s third half-marathon. After dealing with a cramp in her leg throughout the 13.1 mile run, she said, โ€œIt was good. Itโ€™s fun. But it was tough.โ€

Jim Braden, an 82-year-old race participant from The Woodlands said, โ€œThis is my last half-marathon. I ran my last marathon two years ago, at age 80. That was a goal.โ€

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Bazu Worku from Ethiopia won the men's division of Chevron Houston Marathon. Biruktayit Degefa of Ethopia won the women's division of the Chevron Houston Marathon.

KHOU 11 anchor Lisa Hernandez even participated in this year's race.

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