Downtown Rodeo Parade and ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run Filled The Streets of Downtown Houston

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 3/3/2014, 3:01 p.m.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ occupied the streets of downtown Houston with the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run and the Downtown Rodeo ...
Downtown Rodeo Parade

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ occupied the streets of downtown Houston with the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run and the Downtown Rodeo Parade, Saturday, March 1. The nation’s fourth largest city transformed from a bustling metropolis to a down-home celebration of Western heritage.

The 27th annual ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run started the day with more than 13,000 participants. In the spirit of education, a wheelchair race, 10K race and a 5K fun run/walk were among the day’s festivities, as well as a costume contest. All race entry fees were donated to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. With its $400,000 contribution to the Show’s Educational Fund in 2014, ConocoPhillips has contributed more than $4 million to the Show since 1988.

ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run winners:

10K Overall Male – Sammy Kiplagat, 40 – Georgetown, Texas – 30:43

10K Overall Female – Betzy Jimenez, 26 – San Antonio, Texas – 35:50

10K Masters Male – Kevin Castille, 41 – Lafayette, La. – 30:51

10K Masters Female – Liza Hunter-Galuan, 44 – San Antonio, Texas – 37:11

Wheelchair – Juan Rios, 48 – Houston – 27:38

5K Overall Male (not timed) – Srdjan Blum, 35

5K Overall Female (not timed) – Sarah Mizell, 26

Costume contest winners:

Best Dressed – John Roberts

Most Spirited – Elise Nellsch

Led by grand marshal Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, Medal of Honor Recipient, the Downtown Rodeo Parade began at 10 a.m. Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the streets and sidewalks as decorative floats, wagons, stage coaches, marching bands, and trail rides made their way through the route starting at Bagby and Walker streets and ending at Lamar and Bagby.

Parade floats and trail rides were judged along the route in different categories. The 2014 Downtown Rodeo Parade winners are:

Float Awards

Sweepstakes – BP America

Theme – Fiesta

Originality – University of Houston

Most Beautiful – Armed Forces Appreciation Committee

Chairman’s Award – BP America

President’s Award – International Committee

Trail Ride Awards

Top Trail Ride – Southwestern

Best Appearing Riders – Texas Independence #1

Best Show Wagon – Salt Grass #13

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $350 million to the youth of Texas. The 2014 Show runs Tuesday, March 4, through Sunday, March 23. For tickets and more information, visit and connect with RodeoHouston® online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and Tumblr for all of the latest news, or download the RodeoHouston app for iPhone and Android. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Heritage Partners are Reliant, Ford, Miller Lite, Coca-Cola, BP America and Mattress Firm.