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Weather Forecast Favorable For This Weekend’s Houston Marathon

More than 30,000 people will run during the Houston Marathon this weekend. The weather is playing along this year.

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Becky WadeHalf-marathon runner Becky Wade is being interviewed by reporters at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Some 25,000 runners are participating in the marathon and half-marathon on Sunday. About 6,000 have signed up for the 5K on Saturday.

Houston Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez is going the full distance. He said his goal is just to finish.

“I’ve been training about six months consistently,” he said. “So I think I have it in me, I’m confident. I’m doing it just for my own personal satisfaction, so no pressure.”

Gonzalez was at an event kicking off the race weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Also there was Becky Wade, a recent Rice graduate and four-time All-American.

She ran her first marathon in 2013 — the California International Marathon — and won it in 2 hours, 30 minutes.

On Sunday, she’ll be running the half-marathon, and she said the weather couldn’t be better.

“I really like warm weather, so for training I like it when it’s 80 (degrees) maybe,” Wade said. “For racing, though, I know that it needs to be a little cooler to run faster, so probably 50, 40, 45.”

And that’s exactly what the weather forecast promises for Sunday morning.

Those running 26 and 13 miles will start at 7 a.m. on Sunday at Discovery Green downtown.

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