Course Record Holder Returning To Houston

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 25, 2011

Gelana Teshhome is looking to improve on his own course record in Houston this weekend. Photo: IAAF

It will be Ethiopia versus Kenya in Houston, but the U.S. has an outside shot.

Teshome Gelana knows the Chevron Houston Marathon course. He knows it so well, he’s the fastest person ever to have completed it. At last year’s edition, Gelana, an Ethiopian, clocked a 2:07:37 there–15 seconds off the previous mark, which was held by Deriba Merga.

Race president and director Brant Kotch is pleased with the level of talent the Chevron Houston Marathon is attracting. “In recent years, our marathon has become known for introducing exciting new talent at both national and international levels,” he said. “We’ve had six course records in the last four years.”

Gelana has some competition this year. The number-two seed is Felix Keny of Kenya. Keny has a 2:07 marathon in the books. He placed second at last year’s Barcelona Marathon.

Surprisingly, the Americans have a shot at the win with Brett Gotcher entered as the number three seed. Gotcher ran 2:10 on the course last year, making him the fastest American to have ever run the Houston Marathon.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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