Rick Worley was the reason for starting the Texas Marathon in 2000. He was working on setting a Guinness World Record for the most marathons on consecutive weekends when he ran 200 in 159 consecutive weeks. He needed a marathon New Year's Day and could only find a very difficult ultra-marathon. We offered to organize another marathon six days after the Free Kingwood Marathon using the same course, with a new name, "Jammin' in January" and held it on New Year's Day.
The race has been held on New Year's Day every year since then. Rick completed the Texas Marathon four times and participated in it every year until 2006 when he injured his ankle. He completed 299 Marathons including at least four in every state and also at least one on six continents. Rick Worley was tragically killed in a traffic accident on 7/25/10. We send our love to his family.
Steve and Paula who have been directing the marathon for 23 years will now be assisting with the handover of the race to the Knights of Columbus for the first year. The Knights of Columbus plan on keeping the same tradition that was started years ago. Now with the addition for all proceeds to be split between three children's charities.
To create a place of love, smiles, and opportunities
With the theme of mobility, our race bridges a connection between a runners dream of finishing a marathon with the dream of a wheelchair for disabled children. On a cold New Year's Day, our event will provide warmth for the less fortunate and produce opportunities for orphans worldwide.
Kingwood Marathon envisions a world where every child can live life to the fullest no matter what disability or situation, they are in.
Board of Directors
Matthew Roseland President
Jeffrey Gaspard Vice President
Mark Roseland Treasurer
Kerry Manning Secretary
William Moeller Director
Rex Andrews Director