As Mardi Gras approaches, a full slate of related running events fills the February race calendar. All the Mardi Gras races feature beads, costumes, enthusiastic crowds and an emphasis on fun as well as speed.

The Mardi Gras slate kicks off next weekend with Angleton’s 4th annual Mardi Gras 5K Run/Walk on February 9. The 5k and accompanying Kids Fun Run begin and end at the Angleton Recreation Center, 1601 North Valderas Street. The Mardi Gras 5K is the first race in the 2019 “Race Across Angleton” series of 5K events, each with a different course to showcase unique areas around Angleton. Onsite registration is available at 7:30 a.m. on race day prior to the 8:15 a.m. Kids Fun Run and the 5K start at 8:30 a.m. A post-race party features beads and king cake for all participants.

Bernice Torregrossa:

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