Registration is open for in-person, competitive and remote teams. Go to bitt.ly/HarvestRelay to register your team .
The 2023 Harvest Marathon Relay for the Benefit of the Houston Food Bank will be on October 8, 2023 at Rice University. You can register a team on one of three categories; competitive (must complete the race in 3-hours), non-competitive (must complete the race in 4 hours) and multi-location. All race categories will get an official finishing time.
The 2024 Running For Food Team is getting ready to compete in the Houston Marathon. If you want to join the team ASK ME HOW to guarantee your entry.
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The Running For Food Team is working on securing entries for the 2024 Aramco Houston Half Marathon and Chevron Houston Marathon. Want to run? Let me know. You can email me at email@example.com or clicking on the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page.
The mission of Running For Food is to use running and races as a way to raise money for the Houston Food Bank.
Running For Food has two annual fundraising events.
Go to harvestmarathonrelay.com for general information about the race, or to bit.ly/HarvestRelay to see race details.
Running For Food will have a charity team in the 2024 Houston Marathon. More to come.
If you have any questions about either event, fundraising or donating, please reach out using the Contact Us link.
My Running For Food journey started in 2010. I started running on July 1st of that year to get back into shape. By about August, I realized I needed a goal, so I tried to register for the Houston Marathon. At that time, entry into the Marathon was by lottery and it was too late for me to register for the 2011 race.
I was a little discouraged. A few days later, I went back to the web site and saw the Run for a Reason program and knew immediately that I wanted to run on the Houston Food Bank team. It was my first time as a fundraiser and I was happy to have raised $1,215 dollars, which is enough for about 3,600 meals..
The next year I approached my employer, BASF Corporation, about a Sidewalk Squad Sponsorship. They agreed. In 2012, BASF fielded its first team in the race. Over the years, the team grew from 3 in the first year to almost 150 registrants at its peak.
In 2017, I founded the Harvest Marathon Relay where teams compete to complete a 26.2 mile marathon in a relay format. That year on a high school track, we proved that this was a fun and competitive event which set the stage for a larger event at Rice University.
The number of event participants on the BASF team and Harvest Marathon Relay continued to grow, as did the number of donor. By November of 2018, cumulative individual donations hit the $100,000 mark (it was Matt's donation that pushed it over the threshold! That is the equivalent of 300,000 meals.
In 2019, I formed the Running For Food team with the vision of creating excitement around running and solving food insecurity. The team was able to compete in the 2020 Houston marathon and half marathon, and be part of the Run for a Reason fundraising programs benefiting the Houston Food Bank. For its efforts, the Running For Food team was awarded the Top Fundraising Team by the Houston Marathon as part of their charity program.
Then we ran into COVID-19. Races were being cancelled or held virtually. The Harvest Marathon Relay Race Committee was determined to have a competitive event, which we did with a real-time, multi-location, socially distanced competitive race. Despite not being together, teams were able to compete in real time, and of course raise money for the Houston Food Bank.
I finished the 2021 race season running the virtual Houston half marathon at the same time as the in-person Fort Bend Fit half (pictured above). With support from generous donors, cumulative personal donations exceeded $156,000.
I am looking forward to another successful Running For Food team showing at the Houston marathon and half marathon, and a great 5th year at the Harvest Marathon Relay.
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See you at the finish line!