The Tyler running community circles the Houston Marathon on the calendar each year, and they come back to East Texas with personal bests and more.
Another strong local contingent made the trek to H-Town over the weekend for the 48th annual Chevron Houston Marathon, which took place on a chilly Sunday morning downtown.
There were four first-time Boston Marathon qualifiers.
Matt Meredith, of Tyler, ran the 26.2-mile Houston Marathon in 2 hours, 49 minutes and 27 seconds; Matthew Greene, of Whitehouse, finished in 3:06:50; and Tyler’s Daniel Willson (3:12:29) and Amy Bundy (3:36:05) are also Boston bound in 2021. Willson, whose previous marathon came nine years ago, “BQ’d” in the age 50-54 division.
The runners were able to take advantage of ideal weather conditions. Greene said the weather was great with a touch of wind. Bundy said it was a bit windy in the second half of the race.
Meredith’s wife, Mallory, had another standout race as she crossed the finish line in 3:09:02. Mallory is a two-time Boston Marathon finisher.
Topping the local group was Clay Emge, one of the best Ironman racers in the country, a 2018 Boston finisher and a 2020 qualifier. Emge posted a 2:25:37 to place 51st overall out of 6,900 finishers in Houston.
Other area runners to complete the Houston Marathon were frequent Boston finisher Dr. John Camp (3:26:14) and Stephen Dinger (3:44:39), both of Tyler; Ellie Greene (5:20:03), of Whitehouse; Tyler’s Gina Rudd Rymal (5:39:10) and Flint’s Alanna Stewart, who posted a 5:41:59 in her first marathon.