Firefighting involves a lot more than running, but a 5K fun run is one of the events on tap at this weekend’s Firefighter Games in Texas City. The May 20 run is open to the public and gets underway at 7 a.m. in Rainbow Park near the foot of the Texas City Dike.

The 5K course heads north from Rainbow Park before returning on Skyline Drive, a breezy vantage point atop the levee along Galveston Bay. Prior to the 5K, a Kids 1K will begin at 6:45 a.m.

“This is our third year for the Firefighter Games, and we really encourage people to head over to Sixth Street after the run and enjoy the rest of the events,” Randyl Cooley, marketing director of the United Way Galveston County Mainland, said. “There’s a parade at 9 a.m. on Saturday, a barbecue cook-off throughout the day, and the highlight of the Firefighter Games, pumper races and the water ball competition.” Firefighters from throughout the area compete to put out fires and display their hose-wielding prowess.

The 5K is also competitive, with chip timing, a certified course and awards for the first three finishers in ten-year age groups. All entrants receive a dry-fit shirt.

“We’ll be registering runners and walkers on Saturday morning before the race, but they can also register and pick up their packets Friday night on Sixth Street when the Firefighter Games begin with a bucket brigade competition and a horseshoe tournament,” Cooley said. “There will be food trucks and live music, and a kids area with a bounce house and activities.”

Friday night registration on May 19 will be open from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Adult registration is $25, with a children and students price of $10 for the 5K. There is also a family registration, which for $50 includes 2 adults and up to three children in either the 5K or the Kids 1K. Registration is also available online at

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