Race director Kim Bachmeier has several reasons for considering the Causeway FunD Run, scheduled for March 8, a sentimental favorite.
“I ran on the causeway in my very first race,” she said.
Bachmeier is also a big proponent of the race’s beneficiary, the UTMB School of Health Professions.
“I was a scholarship recipient myself when I was at UTMB studying occupational therapy, so I know firsthand how important it is to raise funds for those scholarships,” she said.
The 5K FunD Run begins at 8 a.m. at The Galveston County Daily News, 8522 Teichman Road, in Galveston and heads up the southbound frontage road to begin the climb up the causeway.
“The view from the Causeway is spectacular, and this is one of the few times you can enjoy the view on foot,” Bachmeier said.
The race allows plenty of time for admiring that view, with a two-hour time limit to complete the 5K. For those more interested in a quick run than a long view, the race also offers chip timing and awards in 10-year age groups.
The FunD Run also features two options for participants in wheelchairs.
“The 5K is open to wheelchair participants, as long as they have road race-appropriate wheelchairs,” Bachmeier said.
Wheelchairs not qualified for road racing are welcome to complete the 1K course, which does not take on the steep incline of the causeway.
Strollers are also restricted to the shorter, flatter course for safety reasons.
After a Kids’ 1K race with three age divisions, children and families can enjoy the Kids’ Zone, a play area with inflatable bouncers and a giant slide.
“It’s going to be a very family-oriented event,” Bachmeier said.
Other improvements to the Causeway FunD Run include more shuttles to and from the race parking areas at Home Depot and the Galveston College Applied Technology Center. No on-site parking will be available.
Race registration is available online at shp.utmb.edu.