Monday, January 16, 2012

Chevron Houston Marathon

This past Sunday I helped out at the 2012 Chevron Houston Marathon. I was part of the finish line team and we handed out medals to 30,000 people who ran in the events. The Houston marathon consists of 3 different races. There's a 5K race, a half marathon race and the full marathon. Below are some pictures I took of the event, you can click to enlarge the images.

Here is the medal for the full marathon finishers:

















Here is a picture of runners finishing up the 5K race:

















Here is a picture of the finish line where we distribute the medals:














Picture of a couple of ladies finishing up the full marathon. Notice the person who ran as Big Bird in the background:

















Picture of the half marathon finishers:













The finish line is very emotional and very hard on some people, a big Thank You to the medical staff:

















This runner had amazing six pack abs. I'm hoping this picture inspires me to get fit in 2012:

















This is the back of the finish line, you can see Minute Maid park in the background where the Houston Astros play. The back of the finish line is where runners take pictures with their medals:













There you have it a few pictures of the Houston marathon finish line. I pay a lot of attention to details and found some pointless facts for you:

Most popular running shoes: ASICS, nearly every runner was wearing this brand of shoes. The next most popular brands I noticed were NIKE and MIZUNO.

Most popular music player: Nearly every runner I saw had Apple's iPod. It was amazing to see every color, size and shape of the popular mp3 player. Of course that meant most of runners had the white ear buds.

Most popular GPS: Most of the runners I noticed had a GPS watch on their wrist. The most common brand I saw was GARMIN. I think is standard equipment if you love running.

Most popular sunglasses: Oakley Flak Jacket. This is the model I talked about in my Wants post last week. I was amazed to see the majority of runners wearing the same model of sunglasses. Both men and women wore them in every different color combination you can think of. Here is a picture of Mr. HS sporting his own pair in white:












There you have it, a quick recap of the 2012 Houston Marathon. I will probably help out again at the finish line next year but the finish line was very emotional. There were a lot of tears from the runners and it made me want to cry with them. There's also a lot of stuff I don't want to talk about. A lot of physical stuff that happens when you run 26 miles. It was great to be there and be a part of event. My favorite part of the event was putting the medals on the runners.

Have you ever ran a marathon?

HS

13 comments:

  1. Yep, I've run a marathon! I finished the 2003 Walt Disney World marathon and I've done a couple half marathons and 10 mile runs since then. I hope to run another half this year and then another full a year or two from now. And I run in ASICs, but I don't listen to music when I run. I do have a Garmin 305 GPS watch too but then generic sunglasses. Heh. Good luck with your fitness endeavors this year! Having a baby may throw a curve in your plans but just take them in stride and find a bit of time for yourself when you can. Same goes for your wife!

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  2. Cynthia! wow long time no see. Good to see your comment. I love that you have ASICS and a Garmin! will do, thanks for the advice.

    HS

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  3. That's so cool! I had planned to run in one if those races but an injury tossed a wrench in those plans.

    Great pictures. And we even got a glimpse of the elusive Mr. H.S.! Wow!

    I've never run a marathon but I have run a half marathon. Great experience. And yes, it is very emotional. I'll never forget it. I may have shed a few tears here and there but I'll never tell.

    I run in Asics, have a Garmin forerunner 305 but cheap sparkly sunglasses and use my phone for music.

    You can do anything if you want it bad enough. Someone told me where there's a will there's a way.

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  4. Kelly,

    I love your running gear! That's right, where there's a will there's a way LOL

    HS

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  5. That six-pack almost looks fake. The abs that launched a thousand diets.

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  6. Wow, that's awesome! I've always wanted to help out at a marathon...or heck, WATCH one live...I have never been to the Boston Marathon because I always have to work! Took this year's day off though so I can! Great recap!

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  7. that is amazing - I have been trying to work myself up to a 5k though! I'm not a runner... but I am trying!

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  8. Thanks for volunteering. Volunteers are the only way races can happen. It means a lot to me.

    most distance runners, minus the elites don't have that much muscle or definition in their legs and abs. Steady long state cardio really wastes muscle, her physique was impressive!

    I was one of the typical Garmin and Asics wearing runners, but i wear cheap sunglasses. I am getting ready to completely convert to Brooks shoes though. I'd been wearing them half time for the last 8 months.

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  9. Mel, it was fun!! Will most likely do it again next year or run it ;)

    HS

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  10. Dear HS,
    I was enjoying looking at your pictures, and suddenly was surprised to find my wife in one! She is the lady in grey, finishing ahead of Big Bird. Thank ya'll for working so hard to put on a great race. We'd run the Disney Goofy race and a half the weekend before, and Houston puts on an even more polished event than Disney, and that is saying something. My wife thinks you may be the one who spoke to her at the medals area, so it is wonderful to have a picture of that moment for her.

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  11. Dear HS,
    I was enjoying looking at your pictures, and suddenly was surprised to find my wife in one! She is the lady in grey, finishing ahead of Big Bird. Thank ya'll for working so hard to put on a great race. We'd run the Disney Goofy race and a half the weekend before, and Houston puts on an even more polished event than Disney, and that is saying something. My wife thinks you may be the one who spoke to her at the medals area, so it is wonderful to have a picture of that moment for her.

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  12. Love it! glad you liked the pics!! I will be there again next year, it was a lot of fun!

    HS

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