Houston's first marathon took place in December 1972 on a five-mile loop with a parked station wagon marking the turn. The 113 runners feasted on beef stew after the race -- and several even washed the dishes. Forty volunteers (many of whom are still volunteering) and a spectator crowd conservatively estimated at 200 people, five dogs and three cats cheered the runners on. Over 40 years later, the Chevron Houston Marathon ranks among the world's best and is acclaimed as one of the city's premier civic events. We encourage you to come and cheer, volunteer and get involved, January 18th and 19th!