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Although the Yaga’s Children’s Fund annual Run Wild 5K doesn’t get underway until tomorrow, the race has already declared a winner. A special entry category for members of local gyms garnered scores of entries, and Galveston Gyms won the award for having the most members sign up for the 5K.

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Even the most dedicated runners need to step back and cross-train, but sometimes it can be hard to find another form of exercise that’s as appealing as running. Saturday night’s Fitness Beach Bash for the Cure offers everyone an opportunity to sample an array of exercise formats.

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As runners, many of us think we’re doing full-body training, whether by doing yoga for flexibility, incorporating weight workouts for power or crunches for core strength. There’s an area that’s often overlooked, though: better-trained foot muscles can reduce injury and also act as launchers …

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If Galveston seems a little pinker and more sparkly this weekend, there’s a reason. The Divas Half Marathon and 5K, the pinkest, sparkliest race series in the country, returns to the island with an updated course and plenty of bling.

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You don’t have to be a woman — or a builder — to help with Bay Area Habitat for Humanity’s annual Women Build Project.

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With many people enjoying a longer than usual weekend, it’s a prime time for running and walking. Yuri’s Fun Run, scheduled for Saturday morning in Clear Lake, fills the bill with a unique course and a celebration of the area’s aerospace heritage.

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You don’t have to be a diva to come to Diva’s Night Out, according to event organizer Trelle Vernon-Cole Dandridge.

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As spring approaches, many runners start to think about the upcoming triathlon season, which kicks off March 31 with the No Label triathlon in Katy. That sprint triathlon is followed by the Ironman 70.3 in Galveston the next weekend, with a dozen more to come in the warm months ahead.

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Spring is a great time to start running, whether for the first time or as a return. The milder weather makes it easier to get outside, and the extra hours of sunshine means that there are more options for daylight running in the morning and evening. It’s also a popular time for training prog…

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The UTMB School of Health Professions Causeway FunD Run/Walk returns to the Galveston Causeway on March 3 with events for kids, runners, walkers and wheelchair racers.

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Even the world champion Astros know the value of spring training. Having an opportunity to work on basic techniques, as well as to build strength and speed, propel teams, even the best, to their annual ritual of preseason training, and runners can do the same.

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The Galveston Marathon returns to the beach for a second time Feb. 18. After years of a downtown course, the popular marathon, half marathon and 5K moved last year to a course that begins and ends near the waterfront Stewart Beach Pavilion.

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If you’ve ever wanted to boast that you can run circles around your friends, Saturday’s Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K may be your best chance.

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Need to brush up on your leadership skills? How about starting by leading a Mardi Gras parade? The Mainland Mardi Gras Fun Parade Run 5K gets underway tomorrow immediately ahead of the mainland’s official parade.

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If your 2018 resolutions included running faster, staying injury-free, or improving overall health, some expert advice might be helpful in staying on track. Seabrook’s Slow Twitch Niche is presenting a free seminar on using heart rate monitoring to achieve those goals.

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On Sunday morning, more than a thousand Galveston County runners will toe the line at the Chevron Houston Marathon or the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Thousands more of their friends and family will be cheering them on, either along the course, from a comfortable spot in front of the TV or …

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Anyone who finished a run this week to find frost on their cap, or who ran with one eye scanning for icy patches, has probably spent a few minutes daydreaming about an escape to someplace warmer. Not just warmer, though — someplace conducive to running and training.

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What could be better than starting the new year with a fun outdoor event? How about starting the new year with an outdoor event that also benefits a full year of fun outdoor events?

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It’s time for an end of the year review of our running routines, not just for bragging rights but to see if there are some ways to do things better or differently next year.

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During last week’s ice and snow, not many local runners were singing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but, this weekend they may change their tune as the Galveston Santa Hustle fills the streets near Moody Gardens with hundreds of Santa look-alikes.

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Picking out gifts for our favorite runners ought to be easy — just go to the local running store and let the knowledgeable staff help to find the perfect gift. There’s a new gifting option, too, as subscription boxes and running have discovered each other.

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The mainland is on the move this weekend, with two events hitting the road Saturday. In Texas City, Walk A Mile in My Shoes returns to the Doyle Center to raise funds and awareness for CASA of Galveston County.

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The Turkey Trot events may be over, but more holiday-themed runs are filling the calendar for December. We may not be dashing through the snow here along the Gulf Coast, but there will still be plenty of jingle bells, candy canes and reindeer antlers out on the courses of events from Galvest…

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Thanksgiving is traditionally a big day for runners and in the Galveston County area it’s no exception. Both islanders and mainland residents have opportunities to share some fresh air with family and friends before the turkey is cooked.

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Running injuries aren’t fun, but learning to prevent them can be, especially when there’s wine, prizes and socializing involved. Divas Night Out, scheduled for Thursday, combines all these elements in an informative evening.

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The Houston Astros’ World Series victory is a testament to, among other things, the potential we all have to run just a little bit faster.

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After a nearly two-month wait, it’s finally time for the sixth annual Daily News Press Run. The 10K, 5K and kids 1K get underway Saturday near The Daily News’ Galveston office on Teichman Road.

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One of the best ways to get kids interested in walking and running is to make it fun, and an upcoming series of hikes at Galveston Island State Park gives the fun factor a seasonal spin by turning an outing on one of their nature trails into a “Zombie Apocalypse Hike.”

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As the weather begins to cool, many runners extend their mileage, and Sunday’s Space City 10 Miler gives runners the opportunity to stretch their goals beyond summer’s 5K and 10K races.

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As daily activities in the county return to normal, the running calendar is beginning to look more typical, as well. While some local runs have been canceled, including next week’s Miles for the Mainland in Texas City, other September events will continue, with some of them moved back a bit.

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Competing in a triathlon is child’s play this weekend, when the Captain Kid’s Triathlon returns to Moody Gardens on Sept. 17. The race gives boys and girls ages 6-14 a taste of the sport in a safe, fun environment.

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It’s been a tough few weeks for local sports teams, but today marks the return of competitive athletics to our waterlogged county. Ball High School’s annual cross-country meet gets underway Friday morning at East Beach at 8 a.m.

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Among the many things upended in Hurricane Harvey’s wake has been the fall running schedule, which was poised to kick off next weekend.

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Prospective triathletes can take the plunge Saturday at the last of three Swim and Sprint races on the Texas A&M-Galveston campus.

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Even casual readers of this newspaper have by now probably have seen the ads for the Daily News Press Run. The 5K and 10K run/walk and Kids’ 1K are scheduled for Sept. 9, and benefit Newspapers in Education, a program that provides newspapers and teaching guides to classrooms throughout Galv…

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There are ways to make running in August more bearable. Running in the dark hours, finding a course where there’s a steady breeze and cooling off with a cold beverage are all good strategies, and the Galveston Sand Crab 5K and 10K employs all of them.

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With no races scheduled in Galveston County this weekend, some local runners will be buzzing over to Clute for the Mosquito Chase 5K, since Clute is a straight shot across the San Luis Pass Bridge for islanders and a quick jaunt down Highway 6 for mainlanders.

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As a decades-long sun lover, it pains me to say this, but running and summer sun aren’t a healthy combination. Several medical studies have found that distance runners have an increased risk of skin cancer, largely because of their exposure to the sun.

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July 15 is the unofficial midpoint of summer, and it’s also an even bigger milestone: On Saturday morning, it will be exactly eight weeks until we toe the line at the fifth annual Daily News Press Run.

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One of the best ways to stay excited about running is to try a different form of it. Parkour instructor Mike Buchanek sees quite a few distance runners at the introductory Parkour class held weekly at Discovery Green in downtown Houston.

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The Fourth of July is bookended by two traditions: the day ends with fireworks and begins with a patriotic-themed race. According to Running USA, July 4 is the second most popular day for races of all kinds, from one-mile sprints to marathons.

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Since this week brought the official start to summer, it’s definitely time to start thinking about adaptations for hot weather. 

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“We are what we repeatedly do,” according to Aristotle, and the summer Swim and Sprint series on the Texas A&M at Galveston campus offers participants the opportunity to repeat the same race three times over the course of the summer in order to get better at running, swimming and transit…

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A different triathlon will get underway Saturday morning when the first-ever WassSUP Triathlon heads to Galveston Bay. Like most triathlons, the WassSUP event starts with a swim but after running a 5K, participants grab their paddles for a mile of either kayaking or stand up paddling.