2011 Family Fun Runs/5Ks in Houston

Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas host dozens of 5Ks and family fun runs throughout the year, most of which benefit local or national charity organizations. You will also find events from which the proceeds are donated to public service offices, such as firefighters, law enforcement officers, and military personnel. If you live in or are visiting Houston this summer, consider taking part in some of these runs.

Impact a Hero

Run a 5K race and help support our wounded soldiers. The Impact a Hero Weekend will be held in Sugar Land, Texas, just south of Houston, June 4 at Mercer Stadium. Everyone is invited to participate, whether you plan to run, walk, or wheel the race, and donations are of course accepted.

Registration for the Impact a Hero 5K is $20 if you sign up by May 27, then $25 afterward. Kids participate for $10 if they’re early, and $15 after May 27. Keep in mind that registration is not permitted on race day, so make sure you get your paperwork in by June 3, so you can pick up your packet the following morning.

Dad’s Day 5K

On Saturday, June 18, 2011, join fellow Houston residents for the Dad’s Day 5K, which benefits “prostate cancer education and awareness.” The event takes place downtown at the Wortham Center Complex, and the opening ceremony starts at 7:30 a.m.

In addition to the timed 5K race, Dad’s Day also includes a 3K family walk and a 1K Kids’ run so the whole family can participate. Wheelchairs and strollers are allowed, but participants are asked to leave their pets at home. Registration prices are $30 for the 5K, $15 for the 3K and $10 for the kids’ race.

Freedom 5K

Also in Sugar Land, just a twenty-minute drive from Houston, is the Freedom 5K, which benefits the Fort Bend County CORPS. It will be held on July 4, 2011, at 7:00 a.m., and will include a 1.5-mile family run/walk as well as the competitive 5K.

If you sign up prior to June 24, registration is $20; afterward, registration goes up to $22. If you’re only participating in the family/youth run/walk, registration is only $10. Prizes will be awarded at about 8:15 a.m., but consider sticking around for festivities throughout the rest of the afternoon.

Katy Sunrise Rotary

If you haven’t yet, sign up for the Katy Sunrise Rotary 5K Run, which is scheduled for May 28. There are family-oriented 5K and 1K races, in the Cinco Ranch area. Beneficiaries include the Wounded Warrior Project, Lone Star Veterans Association, and the Family to Family Network of Katy. The 5K costs $25 and the 1K is only $10.