Non-runners might scratch their heads and wonder why they're subjecting their bodies to the pain. But pain is a relative term for first time marathoners like Nicholas Bigney.
"I had a daughter that died of cancer and as part of my grief, I ended up over eating a lot. It was just a way I coped with stress. Once I'd lost a little bit of weight, I realized that I found as I got out a longer run, it was like a moment of Zen if you will, where I'd come back from those so refreshed, that it was something I wanted to hold on to and keep a hold of."
PH : "What do you consider a victory, completion, of what?"
Bigney : "I've got some specific time goals, I'd like to go underneath four hours and, everyone's telling me I can. So, I'd like to get that as a secondary, sort of personal goal, but finishing is really the biggest goal, I think."
Sarah Ward and son Nicholas will also be running their first marathon. Her brother Hunter is their motivation.
"He passed away from an accidental drug overdose. That's very difficult for a family to endure. You're left with so many questions, and so I wanted to take that and do something, to make something positive come out of this and it came to me. I can't tell you what day it was or, even how it happened, but just run a marathon!"
"I definitely am in support of Palmer Drug Abuse program and what they're doing for our community, and I applaud that and I respect that."
PH: "The ultimate goal, I guess to first time marathoners, would be to finish, right?"
Ward : "Absolutely.Î¾ You know, initially going into this I would say to Zachary, I just want to finish.'"
Zachary Ward : "I actually do agree with her. I think that getting through the marathon in the first place would be great, because it is such a long distance."
It will be Aaron Benzel's third marathon. You might say his reason weighs heavy.
"I got rid of slightly more than 50-percent of myself so, that's been an exciting and difficult journey."
PH: "Was the motivation like, death defying Aaron, in that if I don't make a drastic change, I'm not gonna be here?"
Benzel: "Yes, it was and I recognize that my health was very bad."
PH: "So, the motivation this weekend is going to be what?"
Benzel: "Well, I guess like it is for every marathon. I want to do this to prove it to myself that I want that I can continue to do it."
The course takes runners through scenic neighborhoods, shopping areas, parks, past Rice University toÎ¾ the Brown Convention Center downtown. Weather conditions should be ideal. For more information, visit the Chevron Houston Marathon website.