Astros Press Release
Registration open for the Astros in Action Foundation’s 10th Annual Race for the Pennant scheduled for Saturday, May 26
New 10K Race Added to 5K Run and Kids One-Mile Fun Run
On Saturday, May 26, Astros fans are invited to race to their own finish line by participating in the Astros In Action Foundation Race for the Pennant. This year’s race is presented by The Methodist Hospital and endorsed by the Houston Marathon Committee. Proceeds from the race benefit the Astros In Action Foundation.
The Astros are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this popular event by adding a 10K race to the long-standing 5K run and kids’ one-mile fun run. Both the 10K and 5K races begin at Minute Maid Park in front of Union Station on Crawford Street and proceed along the west side of the ballpark toward the Elysian Viaduct. The 5K race turns at the end of the Elysian Viaduct and then heads back into downtown on LaBranch Street, while the 10K race will turn at Malverne Street before heading back to Minute Maid Park. Both courses will turn left on Congress Street past Chenevert Street before finishing inside the ballpark.The course is a USATF Certified Course (Certification #TX09026ETM). The Race for the Pennant 10K is an official 2013 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon qualifying event.
Runners are encouraged to register in advance online at astros.com/race. In-person registration and packet pick-up will be available at the Academy Sports + Outdoors store located at 2404 Southwest Freeway on Saturday, May 19 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), Thursday, May 24 (10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.) and Friday, May 25 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.). Registration forms are also available in the Union Station Lobby, the Fan Accommodations booths (sections 112 and 323) and the Community Clubhouse (behind section 107) at Minute Maid Park.
Participants in therace will receive an official race T-shirt, two free tickets to a select 2012 Astros home game and an invitation to the post-race party inside Minute Maid Park. Emceed by Hall of Fame Broadcaster, Milo Hamilton, the party will immediately follow the race and will feature food, drinks and live entertainment provided by The Last Train Out. An awards presentation will be held at the post-race party, along with door prizes for a few lucky winners.
Race Day Schedule and Other Information
· Race Day Registration: 6:15 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.
· Kids Fun Run: 7:15 a.m.
· 5K and 10K Start: 7:35 a.m.
· Post-Race Party and Awards Ceremony: 9:30 a.m.
Timing: Race scoring will be by D-Tag. Runners not wearing a tag on their shoe will not be recognized as an official finisher. The D-Tags will be included in the race packets.
Restrictions: Pets, roller blades, skates, strollers, bicycles, baby joggers and any other related wheeled devices are prohibited.
Parking: Free parking will be available in Houston Astros Diamond Lot and Lot A located on the east side of Minute Maid Park.
Race for the Pennant Sponsors
In addition to presenting sponsor The Methodist Hospital, the Astros In Action Foundation is receiving Race for the Pennant sponsorship assistance from community partners: Academy Sports + Outdoors, ARAMARK, Associated Credit Union of Texas, Astros.com, Buffalo Specialties Inc., Coca-Cola, KTRH NewsRadio, Metal Sawing Technologies, Minute Maid, Mliepinsgraphics Co., My Fit Foods, Precision Graphics Center, Real Meals 365, Smoothie King, United, Whataburger, and Your Sporting Image.
About the Astros In Action Foundation
The Astros In Action Foundation has been “Fielding the Dreams of Houston” since it was established in 2000, during the Astros inaugural season at Minute Maid Park. The mission of the Foundation is to use the strength of the National Pastime to enhance the quality of life in the community through educational, health, and spiritual endeavors. During the past 12 years, the Astros In Action Foundation has helped thousands of community groups and organizations throughout the Houston area.