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HOUSTON -- In its ongoing effort to support educational programs, Conoco Inc., operator of approximately 200 convenience stores, will sponsor the 15th annual Conoco 10K Rodeo Run Feb. 9 in downtown Houston.
The 6.2-mile stampede through downtown Houston signals the official start of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLS&R). Additionally, the race leads the Rodeo Parade with over 5,000 anticipated runners being cheered by thousands of spectators.
"Our number one goal for the race this year is to increase runner registration because 100 percent of all race entry fees are donated to the Houston Livestock & Rodeo Educational Fund, which provides college scholarships to qualified Texas youth," said Rick Oshlo, Conoco's vice president and general manager of supply and trading, materials and services.
Since 1988, Conoco has raised $1,052,000 for the HLS&R Educational Fund, awarding 109 students with college scholarships. In 2001, Conoco contributed $90,000. With its 14-year donation history, Conoco is the leading corporate contributor to the fund.
The race is entirely coordinated by over 900 Conoco employees, retirees, contractors and their families, allowing all race entry fees to benefit the fund.
Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers, renowned marathoners, will serve as co-race marshals and run the race. Shorter will celebrate his 10th year as marshal of the Conoco Rodeo Run, while Rodgers returns for the third year. The Conoco Rodeo Run is sanctioned by USA Track & Field and the Gulf Association of USA Track & Field.