The 2020 Chevron Houston Marathon and Half-Marathon are this Sunday and both will be fantastic races. With Canadian Malindi Elmore poised for a breakthrough marathon, Natasha Wodak and Rachel Cliff both looking to run the Canadian half-marathon record and Cam Levins running his first half in a long time, it’s an event Canadians won’t want to miss.
The elite fields
Canadians Malindi Elmore, Natasha LaBeaud and Anne Johnston are also set to compete in the full. Elmore shocked Canadian runners a year ago when she ran a 2:32 marathon debut in Houston, which she would later describe as “a fun family project.” Since her debut, Elmore’s cranked out several impressive times, including a 1:11:08 half-marathon and a 32:44 10K. The original plan was to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, which doubled as the 2020 Olympic Trials. Elmore pulled out one week from the race due to a hamstring injury. But she’s back just in time for a strong performance on Sunday.
The half-marathon is also filled with Canadian talent that includes Canadian record holder Rachel Cliff, Canadian 10,000m record-holder Natasha Wodak, Olympic marathon qualifier Dayna Pidhoresky and honorary Canadian and 5K All-Comers record-holder Sarah Inglis.
In the men’s half, Canadians to watch for are marathon record holder Cam Levins and Rory Linkletter, who’s making his half-marathon debut (side note: he ran his marathon debut before his half). Levins and Linkletter both ran the STWM in October, with Levins finishing in a disappointing 2:15. Linkletter, on the other hand, ran a pretty impressive debut, coming across the line in 2:16.
The races start at 7:01 a.m. local time or 8:01 a.m. ET on Sunday.
How to watch
ABC13 (the same website the streams the New York City Marathon) is also streaming Houston. Along with ABC’s coverage, there will also be a YouTube live stream available. Both can be found through the ‘Spectator Information’ tab on the website or by clicking here.
Live results and runner tracking can be found here.