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.

“Proceeds of the race help CASA to give a child a voice,” CASA executive director Connie Ricketts said. CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, trains volunteers to advocate for a child’s best interest in cases of abuse or neglect.

“We’ll be walking the one-mile track at Rotary Pavilion, and then gathering for refreshments and prize drawings,” Ricketts said. Special appearances by both Santa and the district attorney are also planned, possibly so they can confer on their naughty or nice lists, but mostly to help distribute goodies.

On-site registration for Walk A Mile in My Shoes will be available before the 8 a.m. start. The $20 registration includes a T-shirt.

In the northern end of the county, the Flapjack 5K serves up both a festive run through the decorated neighborhoods of Friendswood and a hearty post-race breakfast of pancakes and sausage provided by Whataburger. The 5K is open to runners and walkers, and also features a Kids 1K.

While the 5K departs Stevenson Park to cover paved streets, the Kids 1K stays in the park. “The kids do one lap around the track,” recreation superintendent Michael Boyer explained. “If parents want to run with their younger kids, they can run in the grass next to the track.”

The Flapjack 5K takes its carb-loading pancake theme to the max. “We have custom pancake trophies for the winners, and along with a T-shirt, everyone gets a sweatband that says “I love flapjacks,” Boyett said. Door prizes, chair massages and hot chocolate will also be part of the post-race festivities.

Online registration for the Flapjack 5K is open at parks.friendswood.com, and on-site registration will begin Saturday at 7:30 a.m. before the 8 a.m. start of the Kids 1K and the 8:20 a.m. 5K.

Bernice Torregrossa: bernice92@aol.com

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