This will be the 34th year for the Houston Heights Annual Fun Run and the numbers of participants keep growing.
Event chair and Houston Heights Association board member Damian Ogier said that when he started overseeing the run a few years back, there were between 1,000 and 1,200 entrants. This year he said the event, scheduled for Saturday, June 1, might approach 2,000 runners.
“We’ve grown in recent years,” Ogier said. “When the weather is good people come from all over. We even get some people from other states.”
Runners ranging from 2 years old – with an assist from a parent – to more than 80 years old can participate in either a 10K run, 5K run, a 5K walk and a Kids Fun Run which is approximately 1K.
The route starts at the 1800 block of Heights Boulevard and goes to the street’s end before it loops around. The 10K runners do the loop twice. The course is certified by USA Track & Field.
“There’s no getting lost and it’s flat,” Ogier said. “Runners like it because it’s an opportunity for them to break their personal record.”
The 5K and 10K runs start at 7:30 a.m., the 5K walk starts at 7:35 a.m., and the kids 1K starts at 8:30 a.m.
The kids 1K started a few years ago and Ogier said it’s an event that the young runners and spectators really enjoy.
“We always get the best photos,” Ogier said. “The kids are beaming. Everyone gets a medal.”
There are also awards for the best male and female finisher and for the top three male and female finishers in the 5K and 10K run in the following age groups: Under 14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-75 and 76 and above.
The 5K and 10K courses are certified, and disposable chip timing will be conducted by Run Wild Sports Timing.
The 10K run is $35, the 5K run is $30, the 5K walk is $25 and the kids 1K is $20.
Packet pickup for the fun run will be Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at The Historic Heights Fire Station, 107 West 12th St.
Ogier is a runner himself but jokes that he actually “runs” this race, including the sales, the after party and everything else that goes into the undertaking.
After 8 a.m., the After-Race Party starts in Marmion Park and includes entertainment and refreshments. Awards will be presented starting about 9 a.m.
“At the after party everyone is looking at the TV screens for the results,” Ogier said. “There are local business and sponsors represented as well as giveaways.”
Proceeds from the race go to the maintenance and upkeep of Heights Boulevard, the Heights Fire Station, Marmion Park and Donovan Park. The fun run is one of a few key fundraisers that the Houston Heights Association sponsors in addition to its home tours and fall bicycle rally.
Want to join in the fun? Visit http://www.houstonheights.org/event/fun-run/.