A holiday tradition in The Woodlands Town Center, the annual Thanksgiving Day Run Thru the Woods Sponsored by GE, is a race/walk designed for all ages and levels of fitness. This year marks the event’s 22nd year as one of Texas’ premier running and walking family events.  The 2011 event which should attract more than 5400 participants is both a family event and a serious running event, enticing for the competitive racer, weekend warrior, recreational runner, kids  and walkers. 

The 22nd annual Run Thru the Woods is scheduled for November 24th, 2011 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands Town Center. Categories and start times include a competitive 1 mile children’s race starting at 7:45am, a certified 5 mile run at 8:15am, a 3 Mile Teen Race for ages 12 – 17 at 8:25am and the 3 mile family walk starting at 8:35am. The 5 mile event also features a Masters, Clydesdale and Athena division. To ensure fast and accurate finish results, the event will use “B” Timing Tag technology to track all the runners as they cross the finish line.

Awards include cash prizes to the overall top 3 finishers, Male and Female in the 5 mile run. Along with the cash, and unique trophy the overall top finisher, Male and Female will each win a special prize.  New this year, special prizes will be presented along with the award to the Overall Winners of the Clydesdale, Athena and Masters’ categories. Awards will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers, male and female, in each age group category including 5 mile, Clydesdale, Athena and Masters division and 3 mile Teen race. In the 1 Mile Children’s race, 1st – 4th place awards will be distributed to the top 4 finishers in each age group.  Finisher Medals will be handed out at the finish line to all youth completing the 1 mile race. A complimentary pancake breakfast, provided by The Egg and I, will be available for all participants this year.

Proceeds benefit youth charities in Montgomery County including the South Montgomery County YMCA Partners Scholarship program. According to Roxanne Davis, YMCA Community Liaison, “Many children, youth and adults in our area need YMCA programs and services but are unable to pay the fees. Financial assistance provided through our Open Doors and Partners Campaign programs makes it possible for these individuals and families to gain the positive benefits of participating in the Y. Together we can ensure everyone can be a part of the YMCA regardless of financial resources. Let’s all come together on Thanksgiving and be thankful for our bounty and strengthen the foundations of our community. We invite all families out to the annual GE Run Thru the Woods and start a family tradition. Join the Fun and Run!”  

Other local charities that benefit from the run include Operation Graduation, Conroe ISD AFJROTC Program, Montgomery County Humane Society and the Education Outreach Program at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. In 2010, the event attracted over 5200 participants and raised over $100,000 for the benefiting charities.

On line registration as well as registration forms and additional information is available at www.runthruthewoods.org.  Registration forms are also available at the South Montgomery County YMCAs, located at 6145 Shadowbend Place in The Woodlands;  the Branch Crossing YMCA, 8100 Ashlane Way in The Woodlands and the Creekside YMCA located at 6464 Creekside Forest Drive in The Woodlands.

For more information on Run Thru the Woods, please call 281-367-9622 or visit www.runthruthewoods.org.

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