What do running marathons like the Jan. 13 Chevron Houston Marathon and working in the oil and gas exploration and development have in common? Both require planning, stamina and the flexibility to respond to unforeseen conditions, according to people who work in the oil and gas industry.

Just like global exploration and production (E&P) efforts, particularly for unconventional oil and gas resources and deepwater, the number of people who run marathons worldwide has grown in recent years. Over 551,000 people completed a marathon in 2011, according to the marathon running statistic website statisticbrain.com.

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