A new Alvin race wants runners and walkers to think small next weekend, as the It’s a Small World 1K, 5K and 10K makes its debut on the campus of Alvin Community College.

The race will raise funds to help local families with the expenses of adopting children.

All three distances begin near the ACC baseball field, with the 5k and 10k starting at 8 a.m.

“The 5K and 10K stay together for about a mile, then split, with the 10K going down to Mustang Road,” race spokesperson Shannon Brown Herzberg said.

Both races stay on asphalt for the entire distance.

“Since it’s paved, strollers are welcome,” she said. “We’re saying no to bikes and skates, though.”

The 1K fun run, which begins at 8:15 a.m., is open to both children and adults who prefer a shorter distance. The 1K course circles the baseball field and is noncompetitive, while the 5K and 10K will award prizes to the top three runners in two age groups: younger than 30 and older than

30.

The run/walk events are part of a Family Fun Day that includes children’s activities, a painting party, food and vendors, all with the goal of raising awareness and funds for adoption.

“If you go through an agency, adoptions can run $20,000 to $30,000, after you add up all the fees,” Herzberg said. “We want to make sure that local families have the opportunity to give a child a home.”

Herzberg has also gathered items from the community for a silent auction that includes sports memorabilia, highlighted by a Houston Texans canvas signed by J.J. Watt.

For those who prefer their own signature, the painting party begins at noon indoors in the ACC Wellness Center.

Today is the early registration deadline and the last day to be guaranteed a shirt on race day (Herzberg will send shirts to late registrants).

Registration is available at active.com, or by calling Herzberg at 281-813-0117. Race-day registration will also be available on-site beginning at 7 a.m.

Bernice Torregrossa is a five-time marathoner and a water exercise instructor. She can be reached at bernice92@aol.com.

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