Everyone gets a chance to unleash their inner superhero Saturday morning when the annual Texas City Run by the Bay amps up the fun with a new “Be A Super Hero” theme.

“We’re encouraging all our runners and walkers to dress up as their favorite superhero,” race coordinator Lorrie Koster said. “So far, almost everyone has said they’re going to wear something, whether it’s a full costume or a cape or even a T-shirt. Even the Dickinson High School track team is coming in costumes, so they’re not worried about it slowing them down.”

The Run by the Bay offers both 5K and 10K distances as well as a 1K kids race.

The certified courses for both the 5K and 10K begin at Bay Street Park, near the Texas City Dike.

Both courses head north from the park before splitting off, with the 5K returning along scenic Skyline Drive.

The 10K continues and heads toward the Grand Caye neighborhood before returning along Skyline Drive.

“People really enjoy that part of the race because there’s always a nice breeze up on Skyline Drive,” Koster said.

Along with the breeze, the elevated Skyline Drive offers a spectacular view of Galveston Bay before the race drops down from the levee to finish in Bay Street Park.

Just as superheroes come in all ages, the Run by the Bay is prepared for runners of all ages, with both the 5K and 10K offering age group awards two-deep in 5-year age groups as well as overall prizes to the fastest male and female, masters awards for the fastest older-than-40 runners, and Grand Masters awards to the fastest older than age 50.

Online registration has closed, but race-day registration will be available on site from 6:30 a.m. until 7 a.m. Saturday at $50 for either the 5K or 10K and $20 for the Kids’ K.

More information is available at texascitychamber.com.

Bernice Torregrossa is a five-time marathoner and a water exercise instructor. She can be reached at bernice92@aol.com.

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