Walker-Friendly Marathon provides First-Ever Age Group Awards for 5K Walking participants

0113_marathonThe eighth Annual Memorial Hermann USA Fit Marathon is excited to announce today the addition of Age Group Awards for its Humana Vitality 5K walking participants for the first time. In an effort to continue to provide a walker-friendly race, the Memorial Hermann USA Fit Marathon, which also includes the Fort Bend Kia Half Marathon, encourages more walkers to put their walking to the test at any of the event’s three races, taking place Jan. 31 at the University of Houston Sugar Land campus.

“Many of our 5K participants are just starting their first race experiences with our event,” said Race Director Terrie Gorney. “The new 5K Walker Age Group Awards recognize that effort and will encourage people to get off the couch and onto the race course.”

From its start, the Memorial Hermann USA Fit Marathon has focused on providing marathon and half marathon courses that walkers can complete. The course stays open for eight hours – two hours longer than most marathons.

“Since our first event in 2008, we have seen our participant base of walkers grow every year. It’s a great feeling to see more and more people getting fit through walking,” said Gorney.

Recent studies have shown that prolonged sitting throughout the day may cause more health risks than smoking. Doctors encourage walking whenever possible to mitigate those risks. Gorney suggests that training for and participating in events like the Humana Vitality 5K is a great place to start.

New for full marathon and half marathon participants this year is the choice of a finisher’s jacket; quarter-zip, long-sleeve pullover; or backpack, in addition to a finisher’s medal and t-shirt. All 5K participants also receive a finisher’s t-shirt and medal.

Registration for the Memorial Hermann USA Fit Marathon, Fort Bend Kia Half Marathon and Humana Vitality Family Friendly 5K is available online now through Jan. 29 at www.usafitmarathon.com.

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