HOUSTON – More than 35,000 people woke up Sunday morning to participate in the 48th annual Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon, including KPRC 2′s meteorologist Eric Braate and reporter/anchor Jonathan Martinez.
The marathon began at 6:50 a.m. for those on wheels and the start time for the remaining runners was 7:01 a.m. The race started at the intersection of San Jacinto and Congress and ended at Lamar and LaBranch streets in Downtown Houston.
Martinez kept the audience updated on his Twitter account.
Work now, run later! Quick turnaround from last night for @KPRC2Eric & I as we head to the starting line for this year’s @HoustonMarathon!! Good luck to all the runners today! 🙂 🏃 🏃♀️ pic.twitter.com/DjMvVaWIFE— KPRC2Jonathan (@KPRC2Jonathan) January 19, 2020
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said with 35,000 participants and roughly 300,000 spectators watching along the race route, safety was the priority Sunday morning.
“We have our helicopters up. We have undercover out here,” Acevedo said. “There (are) eyes everywhere, cameras you name it. We’re using it to keep everybody safe.”
Here are the following winners of Sunday’s race:
Chevron Houston Marathon
- Woldaregay Kelkile Gezahegn, of Ethiopia, won the men’s Chevron Houston Marathon, coming in at 2 hours, 8 minutes and 26 seconds.
- Askale Merachi, of Ethiopia, won the Chevron Houston Marathon for the women. Her time was 2 hours, 23 minutes and 29 seconds. She’s the 14th consecutive woman from Ethiopia to come in first place. The 33-year-old told KPRC2 that she trained for three months for this race. It was her first time in Houston.
“Thank you very much. I’m very happy,” she said after the race through her translator.
Aramco Half Marathon
- Hitomi Niiya, of Japan, won the woman’s Aramco Half Marathon. Niiya’s time was 1 hour, 6 minutes and 38 seconds.
- Jemal Yimer, of Ethiopia, won the men’s Aramco Half Marathon. His time was 59 minutes and 25 seconds.
Paralympian Michael Roeger, of Australia, broke a world record Sunday. Roeger broke the T-46 arm amputee marathon record. His time was 2 hours and 19 seconds.