Record Prize Money At Houston Marathon

The Houston Marathon continues to grow in popularity. Photo:

Over $250,000 will be up for grabs.

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The Houston Marathon Committee has teamed up with to offer a record $264,500 in prize money for next January’s Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon, including a dedicated marathon purse of $18,000 for USA athletes. The events will take place on Sunday, January 13.

The winner of the Chevron Houston Marathon will be awarded $40,000 in 2013, up from $35,000 this year. Prize money will be paid 7-deep (equal for men and women): $40,000-20,000-10,000-6,000-4,000-3,000-2,000. There also be a 4-deep USA purse (also equal for men and women): $5,000-2,500-1,000-500. American athletes can win prize money from both the open and USA purses. Also, a course record bonus of $15,000 will be on offer for sub-2:06:51/sub-2:23:14.

“ has a history of supporting American athletes and marathons,” said John Elliott, founder and president through a news release. “We are proud to have this opportunity to work with the Chevron Houston Marathon to enhance the prize purse and encourage more American athletes to compete in what is one of the best and fastest marathons in the USA.”

In the accompanying half-marathon, a 5-deep purse will be offered (equal for men and women): $15,000-10,000-5,000-2,500-1,000. There will also be a course record bonus of $7,500 (sub-59:22/sub-68:26), and a world record bonus of $50,000.

“Elite performances at our races over the last six years, including Ryan Hall’s American record (in the half marathon), have been a boon to the popularity of our event and have broadened its appeal beyond the traditional running community,” said Brant Kotch, the president of the Houston Marathon Committee board of directors. “We are thankful of the support for our elite program that Chevron and Aramco have displayed, and we are excited to welcome on board with its contribution of funds earmarked for American elites.”

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