One of the county’s longest-running and largest races returns next weekend with a few changes.

The 2017 running of the D’Feet Breast Cancer 5K, scheduled for Oct. 21 at Moody Gardens in Galveston, is shelving the usual accompanying 10K due to Hurricane Harvey. More significantly, this year’s run and walk marks the first time the event has been held since the passing of its creator and driving force, Dolly Warren, who will be honored with a special remembrance.

For its 17th annual event, D’Feet Breast Cancer is concentrating on the 5K distance, offering both a 5K run on a certified course and a separate 5K walk. Anyone already registered for the 10K has been transferred to the 5K run.

The D’Feet Breast Cancer 5K is known for its opening and closing ceremonies and its family atmosphere, with plenty of children’s activities in addition to a Kids’ 1K run for ages 7 and up.

The event opens at 7 a.m. prior to the 7:30 a.m. start for the 5K runners. The race has a new course for 2017 that begins in the west parking lot of Moody Gardens and winds along service roads. The race finishes along the water.

The Kids’ 1K begins at 9:15 a.m., followed at 9:30 a.m. by the day’s largest event, the 5K walk for adults and families. Before and after the walk and run, there will be information booths, chair massages, food and a vendor fair on the grounds of Moody Gardens.

Registration and packet pick-up begin Monday at several locations throughout the county. On Monday and Tuesday, representatives will be at the League City H-E-B at FM 646 and Interstate 45 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the process moves to FitTriRun, 528 Tramonte, in Galveston, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Race-day registration begins at 6 a.m. Oct. 21. Online registration is open at athlinks.com.

Bernice Torregrossa: bernice92@aol.com

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