Channel 13 Houston

February 3, 2011 by staff 

Channel 13 Houston, More Galveston County 500 runners race through the streets of Houston this morning at Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon. The race is the biggest sporting event in Houston one day, with a field of 22,000 participants. Many participants in the county formed part of a group of formal training. One of the best known and most important locally, is the U.S. program Fit, which has branches in Galveston County to the north and in the Houston area.”I really enjoy training with a group,” Galvestonian Kelly Porter, a member of the Galveston Fit, said. “The group operates together once a week, and group will hold you accountable and keep it fun. “

Wear group began training in June in order to run the half marathon last dam in November. “I just carried over from there and have kept the mileage,” she said. “The training group has made a huge difference,” half-marathon McGonigel Beth said. “While I am engaged with them in June, I’ve never really had any training or coaching. I just put in miles. In doing exercises and drills speed hill, I saw a substantial improvement in my time. ”

To adapt exercises hill to flat terrain of Galveston, the group operates once a week by a local garage.

Texas Gulf Coast Running Club is also commissioning a contingent of runners in the marathon and half marathon.

“We have a little race in Houston, but it is not our only concern,” the group organizer Angie Binetti said. “Our group is very dynamic, and we’re off to a great number of events. We still have fun and love for running, whether in Houston or elsewhere. ”

Many club members are triathletes. Mike Diaz noted that the multi-sport training served them well in preparation for the marathon.

“Doing triathlons also helps the mental aspect of training and operation of long distances,” he said.

Binetti and her husband, Frank, are ready for the marathon today, whatever the weather.

“They are forecasting rain, but it’s OK for me. If it rains, it will keep me cool. ”

Tiki Island resident Kim Small is also ready for whatever weather comes its way.

“I’m ready for the rain with a poncho and layers of clothing peel-off,” she said. “I prefer the rain to wait until after we start. This way, you’re engaged and you simply continue. ”

His preparation for the race began much earlier.

“I had a good massage for my legs relaxed and I try to drink all my water yesterday, and not so much on race day,” she said.

Chevron Houston Marathon will be broadcast live 7:00 to 10:00 this morning on ABC Channel 13. The station will broadcast a summary of the race to 10:35 p.m.

Seeing the snow falling in the Bayou City is a rare event, but there’s a chance it could happen this week.

11 News Meteorologist Mario Gomez said an explosion would blow the Arctic in the city on Tuesday, bringing with it some rain and a significant drop in temperatures.

How serious? We’re talking about a dip of 30 degrees in a few hours. Gomez said that we’ll start the day Tuesday in the 60s, but mercury accumulates in mid-to upper 30s in the evening.

“This will be a drastic change really,” said Gomez.

The National Weather Service issued a Freeze Watch hard to the Houston area early Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, when interim expected to fall below 25 degrees.

Time above can not get out of the 30s on Wednesday and Thursday, and lows will be in the 20s through Saturday.

But the chance for snow will not slide in the forecast until late Thursday.

Gomez said that the Arctic air would always be in the area when moving storm level in Thursday night to Friday morning – a formula that could produce snow.

Specifically, there will be a 20 percent chance for snow flurries Thursday night, more than a 40 percent chance on Friday morning.

Even if the snowfalls, well, Gomez said a significant accumulation is unlikely.

“It is an assessment on a daily basis. There is a possibility that we could see measurable snow, but probably not, “he said.” We see only a few days a year where we have opportunities, but it is one of between them. ”

Gomez said the frigid weather should warm up a bit as the weekend winds down, with highs in the 50s and 60s on Saturday and Sunday.

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