Brett Gotcher to Debut at Chevron Houston Marathon, release, note by Larry Eder

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Brett Gotcher, 2009 Aramco Houston Half marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net.

In January 2009, Brett Gotcher, the former Stanford All-American, took third at the Aramco Houston half marathon. He opened a few eyes. In September 2009, Brett ran 58:57, to take the U.S. 20k title, his first title. Now Brett, with some good training behind him, is going to debut at the marathon at the Chevron Houston marathon in January 2010. We wish him a great debut!

Gotcher steps up to marathon

Brett Gotcher (Flagstaff, Ariz.), who finished third in the 2009 USA Half Marathon Championships, will return to Houston in January but move up in distance. The 25-year-old Gotcher will make his marathon debut as one of the top seeds in the 38th running of the Chevron Houston Marathon.

The former Stanford University All-American at 10,000 meters won his first national road title in September, claiming the 20K crown in 58:57 in New Haven, Conn.

Houston is hosting the men's half marathon championships for the sixth consecutive year, while the city is home to the women's title race for the fourth straight time.

The Chevron Houston Marathon, a Running USA founding member, is the nation's premier winter marathon, annually attracting participants from all 50 U.S. states and more than 20 foreign countries. In 2009, more than 26,000 runners participated in four marathon weekend events (marathon, half marathon, 5K run and children's run). The Houston Marathon has been ranked among the top five in the nation by Ultimate Guide to Marathons for fastest course, organization and crowd support. More than 5,000 volunteers organize the race, which is Houston's largest single-day sporting event.

More information is available at www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com or 713-957-3453.

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