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Registration for traditional holiday run is now open

August 9, 2018

Summer’s end is quickly approaching as children prepare to return to school and many begin thinking of pumpkins, autumn leaves and cooler weather.

A long standing family holiday tradition in The Woodlands makes its return this fall as the YMCA will once again host the annual Run Thru the Woods on Thanksgiving Day. Registration for the event — which consists of a 5-mile race, a 3-mile race, a 3-mile walk, and a 1-mile kids race — is now open.

Roxanne Davis, community liaison with The Woodlands Family YMCA, noted that this will be the 29th year for the run.

“What makes our event so unique is it truly is a community race. It benefits many organizations in the community such as the local high school junior ROTC programs, the community education outreach program at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, operation graduation at the local high schools here along with serving the (Conroe ISD) key clubs,” Davis said. “The funds raised through the events are funneled back into those organizations”

Run Thru the Woods has raised more than $2 million over its lifespan. The funds benefit the community programs as well as The Woodlands Family YMCA Annual Campaign, which helps the organization continue its mission of helping everyone regardless of age, income or background, have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

“We’re all about youth development and social living at the YMCA and the race encompasses all of that,” Davis said.

The Woodlands Township and The Pavilion sponsor the event each year. Davis noted that the Thanksgiving Day tradition would not be possible without local community partners and, she added, sponsorships are still available.

Run Thru the Woods attracts more than 4,000 participants each year. Those interested in running in any of the races are encouraged to register early to get the discounted fee. The cost of registration will increase on Oct. 17. Those who register before Oct. 17 also will receive a personalized race number with their name printed on it.

“We really encourage everybody to register early,” Davis added.

The event provides an opportunity for everyone to participate no matter their fitness level. The top three winners in each of the races will receive a trophy to recognize their achievement. The first through third place overall winners in the 5-mile race also will receive a cash prize.

Davis said it takes 400 to 500 volunteers to organize everything and that the YMCA is currently looking for those willing to help.

To learn more about sponsorships, how to volunteer or registration, visit http://runthruthewoods.org.

patricia.dillon@chron.com

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