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HOUSTON -- Chevron Corp. renewed its title sponsorship of the annual Chevron Houston Marathon, extending the partnership through 2018.
"2014 will mark the ninth year that Houston's largest single-day sporting event will carry our name," said Jeff Shellebarger, president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Co. "It's an important and inspirational event that raises money for many great causes, and we are proud to continue our sponsorship of the Chevron Houston Marathon."
The 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon will debut a new course featuring wider streets to accommodate the growth of the event and enhance the runner experience, according to the Houston Marathon Committee (HMC). The Chevron Houston Marathon has sold out for the ninth consecutive year; however, guaranteed race entries are still available through the Run for a Reason Charity Program.
The road race, conducted by the HMC, is scheduled for 7 a.m. on Jan. 19.
"Since 2006, when Chevron assumed its role as title sponsor, the Chevron Houston Marathon's weekend of events has experienced phenomenal growth," said Steven Karpas, HMC's managing director of business development and marketing. "From participant numbers to charity dollars to hosting national championships and Olympic Trials races, Chevron's support has been instrumental in allowing the HMC to achieve its mission of being a key community partner and an innovator in the national running industry."
San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron Corp. is one of the world's largest integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. Chevron has a network of more than 8,000 Chevron and Texaco service stations in the United States. Its ExtraMile convenience stores operate at more than 600 company-owned and franchised sites in California, Oregon, Washington and Florida.