Hear from our people:
Stacey Althaus, R&D: One of the best things about running is finding others who share the same passion, who are there for you to provide needed encouragement. At the point where I hit the wall during the marathon — where I felt that I was fading — a friend in my running club who was volunteering jumped in to run alongside me for a few seconds for extra motivation.In addition to participating in the races, I volunteered on Friday to distribute race packets. I encourage everyone to volunteer during the Houston Marathon Weekend — there is so much positive energy. It is events like this that really showcase the true nature of the running community. The way the city and volunteers show up and cheer us on is really amazing and motivating."
Gang Han, R&D/Upstream: A committed long-distance runner, I have participated in the Houston Marathon running events for six years, with two full marathons, three half marathons, and one 5K — and have also volunteered during the Marathon EXPO. I am a huge fan of this running event and proud to be an Aramcon. This year I ran my second full marathon. Despite a bumpy start, my regular training finally kicked-in and took over until a leg cramp almost stopped me at mile 24. I told myself, 'No, you are not going to let your five months of training go in vain.' Refueled with energy I didn't know was there — I kicked it up and stayed focused on every single stride. Not only did I regain my pace, but ran the fastest in the last mile. I finished strong at 3 hours and 48 minutes. My personal best!
Sherry Barerra, Law: When I first started running, I had no idea what was involved in training or what a hip flexor was or why it hurt! Running has taught me so much about myself and my body, and how to properly prepare for a race. This year, I completed my 10th Aramco half and have now become a Houston Half Marathon Legacy Runner. Overall, I have completed 16 half marathons, the Aramco race and others. Four years ago, I began running the half with my younger brother, who had worked hard to lose 100 pounds. The first time we crossed the finish line together, we were both in tears. They were tears of joy and accomplishment.
James Goodman, HSSE: This was my sixth Aramco Houston Half Marathon and one of my best. It was nice to have the pageantry of the event again, as it motivates you and helps you push through to the end. I really appreciate our company's race sponsorship and for providing us with an opportunity to participate in the activities. No matter what is going on, I know that I can run this race, something that not everyone can do. I think it helps to have something like this in your life — to set a goal and then, as mentioned, go out and do it and just refuse to quit.”