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.

The popular event, one of only two allowed to use the causeway as part of the course, begins at the Galveston County Daily News parking lot, heads up the inbound side of the causeway, and turns around near the top for a fast descent to the finish line.

The Kids 1K race starts at the same place but stays on the flatter confines of the area near the News building.

“Older kids can run the Causeway 5K if they’re accompanied by a parent,” event coordinator Michelle Conley said.

The FunD Run/Walk is one of the few local 5Ks with a wheelchair division.

“We encourage participants in wheelchairs because occupational and physical therapy are components of the School of Health Professions, but we do have guidelines about the kind of wheelchairs that can be raced, because of the incline of the causeway,” Conley said.

Following the Kids 1K at 7:45 a.m. and the wheelchair 5K at 8:05 a.m., timed runners have an 8:15 a.m. start time, with walkers getting underway immediately after them. The timed runners will be eligible for awards in 10-year age groups.

The proceeds of the Causeway FunD Run/Walk benefit student scholarships in the School of Health Professions, which includes programs in respiratory therapy, clinical laboratory science, nutrition, physician assistants and occupational and physical therapy.

“This is a special year for the FunD Run, because it’s the 50th anniversary of the School of Health Profession,” Conley said.

With more than 500 participants expected, parking for the event is limited to two off-site lots, at Home Depot at Broadway and 61st Street and at the Galveston College Applied Technology Center at 7626 Broadway. Shuttle buses will begin transporting entrants at 6:30 a.m. and continue until race time, then begin returning them from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

Registration is open online at, and at packet pick-up sites, including the UTMB campus Feb. 28 and UTMB Victory Lakes on March 1.

Bernice Torregrossa:

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