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Marathon Profile: Houston Marathon

I have not had an opportunity to put one of these together for a few weeks and thought I would get back at it tonight. The 2011 race season is nearly over but tonight I am writing about one of the first big marathons taking place in 2012, the Houston Marathon.

The Houston Marathon on the 15th of January. Unfortunately, if you have not already registered you are out of luck this time around as it sold out only a few weeks after registration opened.

If you did not have a chance to read it, the last edition of Runner’s World rated the Houston Marathon one of their picks for 10 fast marathons in 2012 because of the flat course it offers. If you are looking for a fast time and an event with great crowd support this may be one to keep an eye on for 2013.

One initiative that caught my eye when reading about this event is their Green Initiative to reduce the environmental footprint of the event. I think it is great to see marathons participate in initiatives like this because if you have run a race before you know they can produce a lot of waste.

As always, if you want more information about this marathon you can read some race reviews here. 

Have you run the Houston Marathon or do you plan to run it in the future?

Green Marathons

When taking a look at the Ottawa Marathon website the other night in order to see if they had updated the course map I noticed they added a new page about green initiatives for Race weekend.

I was interested to see what steps were being taken here in Ottawa because I have already noticed a reduction in paper given out in race kits since I started running.

The green initiatives in Ottawa include recycling and composting stations, delivering Gatorade in recyclable containers and donating leftover food to a local homeless shelter.

Personally I think these initiatives are great because let’s face it, popular races have the potential to leave a big mess in their wake (discarded cups and gel wrappers, wasted food etc.).

A quick Google search shows that Ottawa is not alone in making an effort to organize a more environmentally friendly marathon. Here are a few more examples: Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Eugene Marathon, Houston Marathon, Portland Marathon.