LAUNCH PAD

Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon this weekend.  Race Director Brant Kotch has done more for Nebraska athletes than any other national level race.  Since 2001 Brant has accepted all of our best and aspiring runners.  American Athlete Development at the very heart of his race.   Flat and Fast and Loaded.  Please forgive if I gush a little, Brant being one of my oldest and most respected buddies.  We’ll have Good Life representation this weekend, Giddyup Y’all!

The City of Houston rallies around their marathon like few others.  Full civic embrace offering runners unparalleled support to Run To Their Potential.  The 26.2 mile tour through America’s 4th largest city (~2.5 million people) a proving ground for every serious late winter marathoner.
My marathon debut (3:11) there in 1983, hard to believe 36 years have flown by.  Made the start line 10 times, the finish line 8.  Personal best 2:46:56 set there in 1995.  Cherished memories.

More importantly is the race shaped my expectations of marathon road race management.  The Houston Marathon, incubator of excellence.  The very race that our own America’s Marathon is modeled on.  We are approaching 75% sold out, athletes seeking a Boston Qualifier or Personal Bests.  Our elite field growing as well.  America’s Marathon.  Nebraska’s Launch Pad.