Aramco marks its 15th year as sponsor of the Aramco Houston Half Marathon during Houston marathon weekend, Jan. 18-20, 2019. Learn about some of the race highlights from the past 15 years and view a gallery of Aramco Half Marathon finisher medals below.
Aramco hosts its first Houston half marathon as the official title sponsor – becoming a part of the city’s largest single sporting event, which also includes a full marathon and 5K.
Along with the regular race, the Aramco Houston Half Marathon begins hosting the first of nine USA Men’s Half Marathon Championships, awarded by the USA Track & Field Committee. Olympian Dan Browne wins the U.S. title with a time of 1:03:56.
Race officials receive notification on Race Day that an International Space Station astronaut (strapped to a treadmill) ran the Houston half to support ground crew members running the race, some 200 miles below.
The Aramco Houston Half Marathon begins hosting the first of seven USA Women’s Half Marathon Championships. This marked the first time that a single race incorporated two national championships at the same time.
The Aramco Houston Half Marathon experiences a 30 percent increase in participation since 2005; from 7,000 to 10,000 runners.
Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi wins the U.S. men’s half marathon championship with a time of 1:01:25, then goes on to win the New York City Marathon in the same year.
Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan shatters the course record at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon to win the U.S. women’s half marathon championship with a time of 1:09:41 – beating the previous record set in 2004 by one minute, 14 seconds.
The Aramco Houston Half Marathon continues to see record contributions to the Houston Marathon Committee’s “Run for a Reason” program, where participants in all three races are given the opportunity to raise funds in support of the program’s more than 60 charities.
Houston hosts the Olympic Trials marathon races, with a pair of Ethiopian runners setting new half marathon course records. Feyisa Lelisa runs the half in 59:22, surpassing the course record set in 2007 by Ryan Hall (59:43); and Belaynesh Oljira completes the half with a time of 1:08:26, breaking the course record set by Shalane Flanagan (1:09:41) two years earlier.
The Houston races, including the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, receive the first of six consecutive Gold Certifications from the Council of Responsible Sport for helping tocreate and exemplify a healthier society, economy and environment.
Meb Keflezighi claims his second U.S. men’s half marathon championship and posts the second-fastest time in race history by an American with a time of 1:01:23. He goes on to win the Boston Marathon that same year.
The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) honors the Houston races, including the Aramco half, with a Green Award for industry-leading sustainability initiatives.
Participation in the half marathon more than doubles since 2005 – with a record 15,000 runners, representing all 50 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.
The Aramco Houston Half Marathon is named a "Bronze Label Road Race" by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for meeting IAAF quality standards.
Starting this year, the Aramco half and the full marathon are both broadcast to 120 million homes globally, via ESPN3 and the Longhorn Network coupled with the ABC-TV local affiliate.
Kenya’s Mary Wacera runs the fastest-ever women’s half marathon on U.S. soil, setting a new course record with a time of 1:06:29 to win the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.
The IAAF elevates the Aramco Houston Half Marathon to a “Gold Label Road Race” for exceptional execution of IAAF Label criteria at its 2017 race. The Aramco race is the only half marathon in North America to receive the IAAF Label status.
Molly Huddle sets an American record in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, with a time of 1:07:25, which had stood since 2006. Huddle's record-breaking performance means that both the men's and women's half marathon American records have been set in Houston.
Contributions to the Houston Marathon’s Run for a Reason program have risen steadily each year, with the 2018 season marking the eighth year in a row that fundraising surpassed $2 million. Since the program’s inception in 1995, more than $28 million has been raised to benefit local charities.
The Houston races, including the Aramco half, continue to generate revenues for the local economy, now exceeding more than $50 million per year.
Aramco marks its 15th year as title sponsor of the Aramco Houston Half Marathon and also becomes co-sponsor of the “We Are Houston” 5K race.