My name is Kimberly King, and I’m a member of the Parent-Teacher Organization at Mainland Preparatory Academy in La Marque.

I’m cordially inviting everyone to join us for our inaugural Panther Express 1K and 5K Family Fun Run and Walk, which will be April 2 at the track across from College of the Mainland, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City. You can run or walk — but crawling won’t be allowed.

This event is a collaboration with the University of Texas Medical Branch Family Medicine Childhood Wellness Project, funded by Charles H. and Mary Campbell Lectureship and the College of the Mainland.

Our goal is to educate and inform our students, their parents and our community about better health options and programs that promote a healthier lifestyle. To register, please go to mpafunrun This year, proceeds from the Fun Run will be used to support physical fitness programs at Mainland Preparatory Academy.

“The fun run-walk provides an excellent opportunity for our students and community to become informed about healthy lifestyles,” said Diane Merchant, school superintendent. “We are very enthusiastic about this weekend and look forward to promoting community awareness of the need for physical fitness. We also are thankful to all those who are volunteering their time for the fun run.”

The race is open to the public and will start and end at College of the Mainland. If you don’t register online, a late registration table will be set up at COM starting at 6 a.m. the morning of the race. The Kids 1K Walk-Run will start at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K Fun Run will start at 8 a.m.

The cost is $10 for ages 17 and younger and $25 for ages 18 and older.

The Egg & I restaurant will be on site to provide breakfast burritos after the race and since everyone will be a winner, medals will be awarded to all finishers!

Packet pickup will be from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 7-11 at Mainland Preparatory Academy, 319 Newman Road, in La Marque. A T-shirt and other goodies will be included in your packet.

For information, call Crystal Gallegos, 832-641-3880, or Dolores Lewis, 409-934-9100.

Kimberly King lives in League City.


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