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Cheering on Houston Marathon Runners

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Colvin family

Clay Colvin and kids Graydon, Rhodes, Bennett and Jack were very happy to connect with their mom Lindsay along the route while she was running in the 2020 Houston Chevron Marathon. 

Mother Nature beamingly smiled upon the 2020 Chevron Houston Marathon runners, dishing out perfect running weather – cold but sunny. After cruising by the streets of downtown, midtown, Montrose, the Heights, River Oaks, Hermann Park and Rice University, the runners head west on the sprawling oak tree-lined University Boulevard towards the heart of West University and mile marker number eleven.

Rock, paper, scissors, Ninja Turtle

Rock, paper, scissors . . . Ninja Turtle. Sometimes when you’re the fourth kid you have to improvise. Pictured are Cade, Colt, Katelyn and KJ Voelte. (Photo: Amanda Dearborn)

Clay Colvin and children Graydon, Rhodes, Bennett and Jack huddled together for warmth in front of the race-time clock. Their sleepy faces lit up when they spotted their Marathon mom, Lindsay, running towards them. She grabbed all five of them and hugged them, kissed them and told them she loved them. Then she did it again. And again. Then she waved goodbye, told hubby Clay thanks and ran off into the marathon runner’s sunset also known as the finish line at 26.2 miles. 

Ladies from West University Methodist Church set up their annual Marathon Hoopla Station featuring pom-poms, a magic marker and poster board sign-making table, dress-up hats and glasses and “more cowbells, please” noisemakers. Hot coffee and cocoa was available to help spectators stay warm and energized to execute all their months of training and conditioning in preparation of animatedly cheering on 35,000 marathon runners zooming by for the next two hours.

Katelyn Voelte

Katelyn Voelte encourages runners to go fast. 

The four Voelte kids, Cade, Colt, Katelyn and KJ, got into the spirit, creating posters and taking full advantage of the hot cocoa bar and fun accessories (resourceful kid number four, KJ, improvised and wore his ninja turtle bike helmet.)

Across the street, artistic Joaquin, Juliana and Jimena Ochoa, plus lots of fun family and friends, inspired the athletes by holding up their creative signs, guaranteed to put a smile on the marathoners’ faces. 

A few favorites from the Ochoa kid poster treasure chest included:
What does the fox say? Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run!
With Baby Yoda’s picture: “May the course be with You!”
“How are you not cold?”
“You are faster than (hole cut out to put face in) me!”

Ochoa kids

Joaquin, Juliana and Jimena Ochoa didn’t let chilly weather keep them from cheering on the 2020 marathoners with some very clever signs.

Jimena had one special, interactive Super Mario Brothers sign. She went out into the street a bit to hold the sign that said, “Tap Here to Power Up” and runners would come touch the sign on their way by.

Congratulations to all of the runners and marathon coordinators. It was a great day. To borrow a sign slogan from the Ochoa family, it was probably just about the best way a Houstonian can ever have yelling “Go Random Stranger!” all morning long.

  • Power up

    A runner takes a moment to tap Jimena Ochoa’s poster and power up like a Super Mario Brother. Jimena's parents, Alexandra and Robert Ochoa, enjoyed watching the transaction. (Photo: Amanda Dearborn)

  • Green Bay Packers fan

    You know someone is a true Green Bay Packers fan when they wear a Cheesehead while they run for 26 miles - that plastic cheese material does not breathe! (Photo: Amanda Dearborn)

  • Mile 11

    Houston marathoners looking good in West U at Mile 11 located near University Boulevard and Edloe.

  • University Boulevard

    Runners cruising through the sprawling oaks on University Boulevard. (Photo: John Brewer)

  • Kids holding signs

    The Ochoa family set up a donut and coffee table. Runners were treated to awesome signs. The only thing cuter than the posters were the people holding them! Pictured are (from left) Ethan McKay, Jaime Lopez, Joaquin Ochoa and Andres Pena. (Photo: Amanda Dearborn)

  • Power up
  • Green Bay Packers fan
  • Mile 11
  • University Boulevard
  • Kids holding signs

Power up

A runner takes a moment to tap Jimena Ochoa’s poster and power up like a Super Mario Brother. Jimena's parents, Alexandra and Robert Ochoa, enjoyed watching the transaction. (Photo: Amanda Dearborn)

Green Bay Packers fan

You know someone is a true Green Bay Packers fan when they wear a Cheesehead while they run for 26 miles - that plastic cheese material does not breathe! (Photo: Amanda Dearborn)

Mile 11

Houston marathoners looking good in West U at Mile 11 located near University Boulevard and Edloe.

University Boulevard

Runners cruising through the sprawling oaks on University Boulevard. (Photo: John Brewer)

Kids holding signs

The Ochoa family set up a donut and coffee table. Runners were treated to awesome signs. The only thing cuter than the posters were the people holding them! Pictured are (from left) Ethan McKay, Jaime Lopez, Joaquin Ochoa and Andres Pena. (Photo: Amanda Dearborn)

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