The eighth-annual Gusher Marathon was held, March 4, in downtown Beaumont.
The events started at the Lamar University Montage Center, and were not only for marathon runners. Shorter races such as a half-marathon and 5k were also held. There were heads or tails cycling time trials down MLK Parkway, as well as a Roughneck strength and fitness competition held in the Montagne Center parking lot throughout the day.
Runners from across the country came out to Beaumont to enjoy the event hosted by Baptist Hospital, Exygon and Kinsel car dealerships. Proceeds benefitted Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The event was packed with people of all ages, sizes and backgrounds. Children as young as three tested their endurance in the 5K, while adults well into their 80s competed in the marathon and half marathon. Teams of friends wore matching shirts and gear to support loved ones and different charities.
Families and friends lined the streets to cheer on their loved ones. After the races, participants were allowed access to beer gardens, live music and food. Games and prizes were offered for the younger runners, and everyone who completed a race received a medal and T-shirt.
The winner of this year’s Marathon was Bridge City’s Brian Clark for the second year in a row. He is the first repeat winner in the history of the race.