POSTED: Friday May 15th 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASTROS IN ACTION FOUNDATION 7TH ANNUAL RACE FOR THE PENNANT 5K RUN/WALK AND JUNCTION JACKâ€™S KIDS FUN RUN ON MAY 30
Registration Open; Proceeds Benefit the Astros In Action Foundation
HOUSTON – As Astros players race for the 2009 National League pennant, Astros fans are invited to race for their own finish line by participating in the 7th Annual Astros in Action Foundation Race for the Pennant. The 5K Run/Walk and Junction Jack’s Kids Fun Run will be held on Saturday, May 30, and is presented by The Methodist Hospital and the JLH Foundation, in partnership with Academy Sports + Outdoors and endorsed by Chevron Houston Marathon. Proceeds from the race benefit the Astros In Action Foundation.
This year’s Race for the Pennant course is a new route that begins at Minute Maid Park on Crawford Street, heads towards the Elysian Viaduct, travels back through downtown Houston, and finishes inside the ballpark. The course is a USATF Certified Course (Certification #05021ETM). Runners and walkers are encouraged to register online in advance of the event by going to the Community tab at www.astros.com. Registration forms are available now at all Academy Sports + Outdoors stores. In-person registration and packet pick-up will also be available at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 2404 Southwest Freeway on Saturday, May 23 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), Thursday, May 28 (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and Friday May 29 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.). Registration forms are also available in the Union Station Lobby and the Fan Accommodations booths (Section 112 and 323) at Minute Maid Park.
Advance Registration Deadline: (May 4) Race Day Registration
5K Run/Walk = $22 5K Run/Walk = $25
Junction Jack’s Kids Fun Run = $16 Junction Jack’s Kids Fun Run = $19
(12 and under) (12 and under)
Participants in the race will receive an official race t-shirt, a ticket voucher for two free tickets to a 2009 Astros home game and an invitation to the Post-Race Party inside Minute Maid Park. The party will immediately follow the race and will feature food, drinks and live entertainment provided by “Last Train Out.” Special guests will include Astros Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton, mascot Junction Jack and his friends, along with the Coca-Cola Park Patrol. An awards presentation will be held at the Post-Race Party, along with door prizes for a few lucky winners.
The first overall male and female runners in the 5K run each receive two round-trip airline tickets on Continental Airlines. Top male and female finishers in the following 5K age categories receive running shoes compliments of Academy Sports + Outdoors, and the top three male and female 5K finishers in the following age groups receive a Houston Astros Family 4-pack, which includes four tickets for a 2009 Astros home game and four baseball caps. Age categories: 0-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. Junction Jack’s Kids Fun Run is non-competitive, and all participating kids will receive medals.
Race Day Schedule and Other Information
· Race Day Registration: 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
· 5K Run/Walk Start: 7:45 a.m.
· Junction Jack’s Kids Fun Run: 8:45 a.m.
· Post-Race Party and Awards Ceremony: 9:15 a.m.
Parking: Free parking will be available in Houston Astros lots A, B and C located off of Preston Street on the east side of Minute Maid Park.
Restriction: Pets, roller blades, skates, strollers, bicycles, baby joggers and any other related wheeled devices will be prohibited.
Race for the Pennant Sponsors
In addition to presenting sponsor The Methodist Hospital and the JLH Foundation, the Astros In Action Foundation received Race for the Pennant sponsorship assistance from community partners: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Chevron Houston Marathon, ARAMARK, Buffalo Specialties, Inc., Minute Maid, Coca-Cola, Continental Airlines, Michelob Ultra, FS Houston, Newsradio 740 AM KTRH, Precision Graphics Centers, HEB, Kolache Factory, Mliepins Graphics Company, Pei Wei Asian Diner, Last Train Out, and Hilton Americas Houston.
Astros In Action Foundation
The Astros In Action Foundation has been “Fielding the Dreams of Houston” since it was established in 2000, during the Astros inaugural season at Minute Maid Park. The mission of the foundation is to use the strength of the National Pastime to enhance the quality of life in the community through educational, health, and spiritual endeavors. During the past nine years, the Astros In Action Foundation has helped thousands of community groups and organizations throughout the Houston area.
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Name: Gene Dias
Organization: Houston Astros
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