After a soggy week, runners may be looking for somewhere high and dry for a run tomorrow, and the On the Road for a Reason 5K fits that description. The 5K course takes in a big swath of the NASA Bypass near the Gulf Freeway.
“We have the entire northbound side of the bypass to ourselves,” race spokesperson Amanda McLaughlin said. “The pavement is great for running, and there’s one big incline that’s good training for running on hills.”
The race benefits the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families, and brings that family-friendly philosophy to Saturday’s event. The 5K is open to all ages, strollers are welcome, and there is a discounted “Family Four-Pack” to register families.
“Our race is inclusive of everyone,” McLaughlin said. That policy makes the race a favorite of Ainsley’s Angels, a group dedicated to aiding participation in endurance events for children and adults with mobility challenges. “There’s a very strong local chapter of Ainsley’s Angels in our area, and they come out to our 5K every year. Because the course is all pavement, it’s perfect for wheelchairs and strollers.”
On the Road for a Reason begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, with runners lining up behind the race’s grand marshal, Wendy Larson, a former runner who is now a marathon handcyclist. “Wendy likes this course because of the overpass,” McLaughlin said.
The race begins at Clear View High School in Webster on Walnut Street before turning onto Magnolia and heading for the NASA Bypass. Once on the Bypass, runners go east briefly before turning around and going to I-45 and then returning to the school. After crossing the finish line, participants will congregate inside the school gym, where food, kids’ games, vendors and door prizes await them. “We’re very excited that this year our entertainment includes DJ Captain Kirk,” McLaughlin said.
Online registration is available at ontheroadforareason.net until 4 p.m. Friday, and on-site registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2.