Monday, September 3, 2012

Fitness calendar: Run or walk to remember and honor heroes, veterans and first ... - Dallas Morning News

Run or walk to remember and honor heroes, veterans and first responders

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run 5K and fun run is Sept. 8 at Galatyn Park, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. The Dallas-area race is one of more than 50 Tunnel to Tower Runs across the country to remember the firefighters who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Funds raised will support firefighters and burn centers across America. The fun run costs $20 and begins at 8 a.m. The 5K entry fee is $30 through Sept. 6 and $35 race day. The 5K will start at 8:46 a.m. For information, call 214-821-0909, visit tunneltotowers.org or e-mail eric.alvarado@wetimeraces.com.

The 9/11 Heroes Run, set for Sept. 9, benefits the Travis Manion Foundation. The nonprofit supports veterans, their families and the families of fallen service members. The Dallas race, one of more than 30 across the nation, will be held at 8 a.m. at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., in Dallas. The 5K costs $25. Organizers hope to raise $10,000 in Dallas. For information, visit 911heroesrun.com or email dallas@911heroesrun.com.

The Freedom Run and Bill Carollo One-Mile Walk is Sept. 13 at Dallas City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla St., in downtown Dallas. Opening ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m., and the run-walk starts at 6:50 p.m. The event, produced by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, will conclude with the Freedom Festival, featuring the band Independent George. The family-friendly event is an opportunity for the community to celebrate freedom and to honor the heroes and victims of 9/11 and those who sacrifice daily to protect America’s freedom. The event benefits the Assist the Officer Foundation. The 5K entry fee is $25 early, $30 race day for the public, $15 for police, firefighters and members of the military. For information, call 214-528-1290 or visit freedomrun.com.

Opportunities for active kids

The Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch hosts a swim-run for kids ages 6 to 14 on Sept. 15. The Cooper Kidz Splash & Dash will be held in conjunction with the Cooper Fall Sprint Triathlon at 7910 Collin McKinney Parkway in McKinney. The 6- to 8-year-olds swim 50 meters and run a half mile. The 9- and 10-year-olds will swim 100 meters and run 1 mile. The 11- to 14-year-olds swim 200 meters and run 1 mile. The cost is $25 through Sept. 8, $35 after. USA Triathlon membership is required. A one-day permit is $10. For information, call 214-383-1000 or go to cooperaerobics.com, and then click on events.

The North Texas Kids Triathlon, geared to first-timers, is Sept. 16 on the UT-Arlington campus, 605 S. West St., in Arlington. Organizations with 10 or more athletes could receive $10 per athlete in return for participating. There’s a mandatory pre-race meeting at 7:45 a.m. Races begin at 8 by age group. Pre-race activities Saturday include packet pick-up from 4-7 p.m. and a pre-race pep rally at 5:30 p.m. The race fee is $35 through Sept. 16. USA Triathlon membership is required. A one-day permit is $10. For information, go to northtexaskidstriathlon.org.

BONHAM BIKE RALLY: The 26th annual Autumn in Bonham Festival & Bike Rally on Sept. 22 features multiple distances including a 15-mile family fun ride which weaves its way through the Bonham State Park. Other distances include 28-, 44- and 54-mile choices with moderate hills. A 64-mile option has a series of more challenging roller-coaster hills. The rides start and finish at the Fannin County Multi-Purpose Complex, 700 FM 87 in Bonham. Registration and breakfast begin at 6:30 a.m. The 64-mile riders take off at 8:30 a.m., followed at 8:45 by the 54 milers. The 28- and 44-mile riders begin at 9 a.m. along with the 15-mile family fun ride. Individual riders cost $35. For information, call 1-903-583-4811 or go to bonhamchamber.com.

RUN/WALK TO BREAK THE SILENCE: Runners and walkers can salute ovarian cancer survivors and help raise money and awareness at the Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Sept. 22 at the Ballpark at Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way. The cost is $30 for adults, $35 to be timed, $25 for walkers and $15 for the Kids K. The fees include a T-shirt and access to all activities including a concert featuring Derek Anthony. Event parking is available in Rangers Ballpark Lot B. The race benefits the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Donations are welcome but fundraising is not required. For information, call 214-273-4208 or email dallasfortworthtx@ovarian.org.

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