The Galveston Causeway, already home to a race called the “Toughest 10 in Galveston,” will be the site of a new 5K run/walk on Mar. 1. The Causeway FunD Run benefits the UTMB School of Health Professions, and offers runners and walkers the opportunity to take in the view from the top of the Causeway without making the ascent twice.

As a 5K, the course runs from the Galveston County Daily News, located on Teichman Road, to the top of the bridge, and then turns around for a downhill stretch before finishing back at The Daily News. Wheelchair racers will start first, at 8:05, followed by the runners at 8:15 and all walkers immediately after that.

The challenges on the course are accompanied by a few logistical challenges that come along with using the bridge for most of the course. Parking is in short supply near the Causeway, so race organizers have arranged for Island Transit shuttle service from the designated race parking lot at 63rd and Broadway (the Home Depot/Target parking lot) to the race’s start line. Department of Transportation regulations also preclude having water stations on the bridge, so runners and walkers are encouraged  to plan their hydration accordingly, carrying water if they feel they will need it.

The Causeway FunD Run is designed to be walker-friendly, with a generous two-hour time limit for the 3.1-mile course. “Some of the participants in the Galveston Island’s Biggest Loser Challenge are participating, and the course will be manned for the full two hours,” race spokesperson Clay Wade said. “We’ve gotten a good response from walkers, and so far they make up about a third of the entries.”

Proceeds of the race are earmarked for scholarships in the School of Health Professions, which trains students for careers in physical and occupational therapy, physician’s assistants, respiratory care, clinical lab sciences, nutrition and metabolism.

Registration is open online until midnight on Wednesday, February 27 at shp.utmb.edu/fundrun. Registration will also be available at packet pickup February 28 and March 1 at FitTriRun, 518 23rd Street in Galveston. While on-site registration will be an option Saturday morning, those who register on race day will not receive timing chips. More information on the race and parking is available at shp.utmb.edu/fundrun.

On the Run

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

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