09 December 2009

Run the Rock For a Cause

Get ready to run this weekend (or at least dodge traffic barriers) as the MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon weekend kicks off on Saturday. While the marathon and half-marathon race isn't until Sunday, there are plenty of activities that you and your family can enjoy Saturday morning.

Registration is still rolling for the The Mayor's Race 5K Fun Run and Walk—a non-competitive course starting at 9 a.m. that trails across the Trinity River, through historic Oak Cliff and back to City Hall Plaza (similar to the Turkey Trot course, if you're an ol' pro!). The one-mile run (a great chance for your budding runner to burn off some extra energy!) kicks off shortly after the 5K. Strollers are welcome.

The Mayor's 5K race begins at the corner of S. Griffin Street and Ceremonial Drive. Registration is free (yes, free!) for DISD students; and race-day registration is $20 per person. Online registration has closed, but go here to read more about how to register starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

After the Mayor's 5K, take your family to the Kid’s Fit and Fun Pavilion at the Race Expo held in the Dallas Convention center, starting at 10 a.m. Here you'll find games, healthy snacks and fitness advice fit for the whole family.

And, in addition to feeling great from running, know that by registering for any of this weekend's events (the 1-mile, 5K, half marathon or marathon) you are supporting a great cause: Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For the past 13 years, Scottish Rite has been the primary beneficiary for this mega race which draws thousands of participants every year.

I look forward to seeing kids from Scottish Rite out with signs and awesome costumes on the course this year (I will be running the half marathon). It is so motivating to see them cheering on the runners—their smiling faces always help me carry on! To all race participants: Good luck and happy running!

Note: the half-marathon race and relay races have sold out, but registration for the full marathon is still available on race day.


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