05/22/2007 5:34 PM ET
Houston Astros announce fifth Annual Astros Race for the Pennant 5K Run/Walk and Junction Jack’s Kids Fun Run
Memorial Day weekend race finishes inside Minute Maid Park; Proceeds benefit the Astros in Action Foundation
HOUSTON — The Houston Astros announced today details of the 5th Annual Astros Race for the Pennant 5K Run/Walk and Junction Jack’s Kids Fun Run. The Astros Race for the Pennant, presented by The Methodist Hospital in partnership with the JLH Foundation and endorsed by Chevron Houston Marathon, will be held on Saturday, May 26, beginning at 7:45 a.m. at Minute Maid Park. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Astros in Action Foundation. Complete race information can be found at www.astros.com.
The Astros Race for the Pennant course begins at Minute Maid Park on Texas Avenue, travels through downtown Houston, and finishes inside the park. The course is a USATF Certified Course (Certification #05021ETM). Participants in the race will receive an official race t-shirt; a ticket voucher for two free tickets to an 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 the “Last Train Out.” Special guests will include Astros Hall of Fame broadcaster, Milo Hamilton, mascot Junction Jack, 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 each race and age category receive a free pair of ASICS running shoes, compliments of Luke’s Locker. The top three male and female finishers in each age category receive a Houston Astros Family 4-Pack, including four caps and tickets to a 2007 regular season home game at Minute Maid Park. Official race timing for the 5K will be provided using the ChampionChip. Junction Jack’s Kids Fun Run is non-competitive – all kids 12 and under will receive medals.
The Astros Race for the Pennant entry fee for the 5K Run/Walk is $20 by May 19, $22 after May 19, and $25 on the day of the race. The race entry fee for Junction Jack’s Kids Fun Run (12 and under) is $14 by May 19, $16 after May 19, and $19 on the day of the race. Registration forms are available in the Union Station lobby and the Fan Accommodations booths (Section 112 and 323) at Minute Maid Park and at a number of Houston-area sports and fitness businesses including Luke’s Locker at 1953 West Gray. On-line registration is also available at www.astros.com.
In addition to presenting sponsor The Methodist Hospital in partnership with the JLH Foundation, the Astros received Astros Race for the Pennant sponsorship assistance from a number of community partners including: ARAMARK, ASICS, Attention! Promotions Inc., Buffalo Specialties, Inc., Chevron, Coca-Cola, Continental Airlines, FSN-Houston, H-E-B, Hilton Americas-Houston, Home Plate Bar & Grill, Kolache Factory, Luke’s Locker, Michelob Ultra, Minute Maid, Newsradio 740 AM KTRH, Pei Wei Asian Diner, Precision Graphics Centers, Snickers Marathon Energy Bar, and Chevron Houston Marathon.
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 seven years, the Astros in Action Foundation has helped thousands of community groups and organizations throughout the Houston area.