Happy Trails

5 Local Races Worth Running in 2019

Donuts and beaches can convince anyone to run a 5K, right?

By Laura Furr Mericas January 28, 2019 Published in the February 2019 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Brazos Bend

Run Houston! Minute Maid Park

  • When: March 23
  • Distance: 5K, 10K, Kids' 1K, and Virtual Race
  • Price: Adults: $44-54; Kids: $28.50-33.50
  • Route: An out-and-back 5K course from the ballpark, through downtown and EaDo. 10Kers do it twice.
  • Highlights: Looking to improve your personal record? Run Houston’s 2019 series offers races at popular venues about every three months—perfect for testing out all your hard training.

Brazos Bend 50

  • When: April 6
  • Distance: 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K, 50-miler, 100K
  • Price: 5K: $40–45; 10K: $55–60; 25K: $75–80; 50K: $80–85; 50-miler: $90–100; 100K: $110–120
  • Route: Six flat, fast, and rugged routes through Brazos Bend State Park’s trails 
  • Highlights: Experienced trail runners will be looking to reset the 50-mile world record for a $2,000 prize. Others might have more time to admire the abundant wildlife and alligators.

Shipley Donuts Dash

  • When: April 13
  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Price: Ages 13 and up: $30; Ages 4–12: $20; Ages 3 and under: free
  • Route: The day starts at BBVA Compass Stadium and ends at 8th Wonder Brewery with doughnut-themed obstacles.
  • Highlights: This fun run, costume contest, and after-party benefits local nonprofit Kids’ Meals, which delivers healthy lunches to pre-schoolers in need.

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BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot

  • When: November 28
  • Distance: 5K, 10K, and Kids' Mile
  • Price: Untimed 5K and 10K: $35–45; Timed 5K and 10K: $40; Kids’ Mile and seniors: $25
  • Route: Three separate road courses start Uptown, near the intersection of Post Oak and Westheimer.
  • Highlights: Take part in this Houston tradition, celebrating its 27th year in 2019, before you gobble-gobble.
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