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Lottery system announced for the 2011 Houston Chevron Marathon

Registration for the Houston Chevron Marathon and Aramco Half begins on July 27.
Registration for the Houston Chevron Marathon and Aramco Half begins on July 27.
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The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon have become so popular that the Houston Marathon Committee is introducing a lottery selection system for the first time. Last year, the races sold out in less than 60 hours and a lottery selection process has been designed to give all runners an equal chance of participating.

The 2011 races are January 30th, with a combined participant cap of 22,000. (11,000 for each race.) Fees for the marathon are $115 and the half are set at $95. To enter the lottery, runners must register at www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com during a 17-day period starting at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27 and extending to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 12. Participants for each race will be announced on Tuesday, August 17. 

Registration for the El Paso Corporation 5K will open in September.

There are also a limited number of entries available through a "Heroes" charity registration with a minimum donation. The official Run for a Reason charities will be announced on June 15, 2010.

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