Sunday January 19th, 2020
Distance: Marathon · Half Marathon · 5K
The Chevron Houston Marathon offers participants a unique running experience in America's fourth largest city. The fast, flat, scenic single-loop course has been ranked as the "fastest winter marathon" and "second fastest marathon overall" by Ultimate Guide To Marathons.
After 30 years of marathon-only competition, Houston added the half-marathon in 2002, with El Paso Energy as the sponsor. Today the sponsor is Aramco. The 13.1-mile race was immediately popular, with more than 2,500 finishers, but the first race didn’t present a dramatic finish.
Emily Sissonbecame the second fastest half marathon American woman in history today in Houston. Just two days after announcing her plans todebut at the London Marathon, Sisson finished fifth overall in a time of 1:07:30 at the 2019 Houston Half Marathon.
Her performance on Sunday was just five seconds shy of the American record of 1:07:25set by her mentor Molly Huddle in Houston last year.
it was a cold day but Emily went for it passing the 10k mark in an amazing 31:39. That is faster than her best road 10k
Despite the windy conditions and the confusion with pace at certain points on the course, Sisson still managed to finish just five seconds shy of the American record in a new personal best of 1:07:30. The performance improved on her previous best by almost a full minute.
“On hindsight, I probably should have worn a watch. I’ve never done a road race where I’ve tried to run a certain time. Normally, I’m just racing competition and not thinking about the time at all so this was kind of a first for me,” she said. “I definitely learned some lessons, but I’m really happy with it.”