July 16, 2018 | Updated: January 29, 2019

'Let me WIN. But if I cannot win, let me be BRAVE in the attempt.'


In ancient Rome, the gladiators went into the arena with those words on their lips. Today, those words are our athlete oath.


We invite you to be a part of the movement. Be a part of the Celebration. Run for a Reason.


It is our vision to become the premier provider of Special Olympics trainings and competitions in the world. We approach each endeavor with a single intent - to improve the quality of life for our athletes. The challenges of the future are embraced with enthusiasm and commitment, ensuring that the changing face and needs of our athletes are met.


We can accomplish this and much more just one mile at a time. Join the thousands of runners that Run for a Reason at the 2019 Chevron Houston Marathon on January 19 and run in honor of our athletes.

Stand side by side to SOTX to help us accomplish our mission and continue to deliver year-round, high-quality training and competition opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities in an inclusive culture that stresses excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health and celebrates personal achievement.


In 2019, Special Olympics Texas celebrates its 50th anniversary and as we reach this incredible benchmark, there is no better way to support our cause than to look back at history and see how far we have come! From our first beginnings where Eunice Kennedy Shriver held the first games in the backyard of her home to now being able to serve over 9,000 athletes in the Greater Houston area thanks to the generosity and support of individuals like you!


Would you be one of our SOTX runners who run the 13.1 miles in honor of SOTX’s 50th Birthday?


Meet some of our runners

Steven Henriquez

Steven holds Special Olympics dear to his heart as his nephew Joshua is an athlete. He truly believes that sports are a leveling field for all individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. Every mile he will run at the Chevron Houston Half-marathon will be a step forward towards the Inclusion Revolution!


Katie Yamada

Katie will be running the Houston Half Marathon in January 2019. Her 13.1 miles will be ran in honor of Special Olympics Texas, an organization which allows individuals with Intellectual Disabilities to participate in sports in all ability levels. She has been a Special Olympics coach for 13 years, and nothing makes her happier than, seeing excitement and smiles on all the athletes faces when they participate in competitions!


Bridgette White

Bridgette provides many 1:1 therapeutic services to our Special Olympics athletes, this race is more than just an item to check-off her bucket list. She believes that Special Olympics gives individuals with special needs opportunities the typical world does not provide.


We truly believe that with your support we can aim high for another 50 years of advancement and inclusion for our athletes and the many individuals with Intellectual and physical Disabilities! Cheers to the 13.1 miles ahead!


To support our runners or sign up to be a runner, visit www.SOTX.org/houston-marathon

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