Marks second marathon of Inside the Park Marathon Series, benefitting Astros Foundation and Houston Marathon Foundation
HOUSTON (June 28, 2018)—The inaugural Minute Maid Park Marathon will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2018, and will start at 7:00 a.m. CDT with a six-hour cut-off time. This is the second marathon in the newly established Inside the Park Marathon Series, which is a series of marathons held entirely within Major League Baseball ballparks.
The race will be managed by DMSE Sports and will benefit two organizations. The Astros Foundation is the official team charity of the Houston Astros and supports Houston-area youth baseball and softball programs, the recognition and honor of the U.S. military, childhood cancer awareness, and efforts to reduce homelessness. The marathon will also benefit the Houston Marathon Foundation, which supports the advancement of running as an element of a balanced, healthy lifestyle nationally and in the Houston community.
The race will be USATF certified. Each runner will run 112-116 laps (distance TBD upon official measurement), counted electronically, along the warning track of Minute Maid Park. Spectators will be allowed into the park to watch the race. All participants will receive a unique race shirt and one-of-a-kind finisher’s medal, not to mention bragging rights as one of the very first participants to ever run a marathon totally within Minute Maid Park.
Because of space constraints, the maximum number of runners will be 75. Although there is no entry fee, there is an Astros Foundation/Houston Marathon Foundation fundraising requirement minimum of $4,000 for each participant. Official entries will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until the field size of 75 is reached. To register, go to www.insidetheparkmarathon.com/houston.
About the Astros Foundation
The Astros Foundation, the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros, seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs, the recognition and honor of our nation’s military, childhood cancer awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness. Our cornerstone initiatives include the Community Leaders program, the Astros Youth Academy and the Astros RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Program. For more information on the Astros Foundation, visit www.astros.com/foundation.
About the Houston Marathon Foundation
The Houston Marathon Foundation (www.houstonmarathonfoundation.com) supports the advancement of running as an element of a balanced, healthy lifestyle in the Houston community and nationally through grants in running related programs and initiatives. These programs include the We Are Houston After-school Running Program; commitment to accessibility for athletes with disabilities; trail enhancements; health and wellness activities; running event safety and security; and the advancement of elite runners and supporting programs.
About DMSE Sports
Founded by Dave McGillivray in 1981, DMSE Sports is a leader in sports event management, specializing in creating, marketing and producing mass participatory athletic events throughout the U.S. and abroad. DMSE works with the B.A.A operations team in overseeing all the logistics and technical operations of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, and manages the TD Beach to Beacon in Maine, the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod, the Finish at the 50 at Patriot Place, the Feaster Five, the Bellin Run in Green Bay, Wis., and Run to Home Base at Fenway Park, among others. Most recently, DMSE Sports has created the Inside the Park Marathon Series, which marries philanthropy with the thrill of running in a Major League Baseball ballpark. For additional information on McGillivray or DMSE, visit www.dmsesports.com or find DMSE on Facebook and Twitter.
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