August 17th: Galveston Sand Crab 5K, 10K, and Kid’s Beach Mile – Start and finish at East Beach in Apffel Park. Run entirely on sand, the Sand Crab is a great way to get a little exercise under the stars on a beautiful Galveston Beach at night, and have a few beers and other refreshments while listening to great music with other runners on a summer night. All races are chip timed including the Kid’s Mile. The Kid’s Mile will start at 8pm. Parents are welcome to run with kids free of charge. The 5K/10K will start at 8:30pm. The 5K run is very walker friendly with a two hour cut off. The 10K is walkable but will share the two hour cut off. 10K runners must be at the 3.1 mile turnaround within one hour. Registration prices are $20-$65. This event benefits The Galveston Island Humane Society. For more info and to register go to runintexas.com/gcrab.
September: The Daily News Press Run – Run, walk, or jog in Galveston’s premier Causeway Run. The Daily News Press Run supports the Newspapers In Education program. Featuring certified 5K and 10K courses, an exciting Kid’s 1K, vendor booths, food, drinks, snacks, moonwalks, music, a costume contest, and much more, this race is fun for everyone! For more info go to dailynewspressrun.com.
September 8th: Captain Kids Triathlon – In its 4th year, Captain Kids Tri is a triathlon just for kids. There are two divisions: Mates (USAT age 11-14) and Mini Mates (USAT ages 6-10) with different course distances. This race is $65 and is limited to 600 participants. For more info and to register go to captainkidstri.com.
September: Island Girl Tri – Island Girl Tri is a super fun multi-sport event! This race is perfect for those who want to do their first triathlon and for veteran triathletes as well. Enjoy a 200 yard swim in the Palm Beach lazy river at Moody Gardens, a flat 8 mile bike ride in Galveston, and a 2 mile run around the lush and tropical Moody Gardens. Stick around for post-race fun, food, and refreshments. We welcome women and girls, ages 8 years old and up. For more info go to islandgirltri.com.
September: 5k Shrimp Scamper – Enjoy the official 5k of the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival. This is your opportunity to scamper your way around Galveston’s beautifully rebuilt beach and follow it up with a day of great eats and drinks. For more info about the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival go to galvestonislandshrimpfestival.com.
October 12th: Galveston Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. The walk will take place 8am-12 noon at Stewart Beach Park, 201 Seawall Blvd. For more info and to register go to act.alz.org.
October 19th: The Toughest 10K Galveston – This run is part of The Texas Bridge Series. Run the Kemah Bridge in September, the Galveston Causeway in October, and the Fred Hartman Bridge in November to get a commemorative special medal. The race will start at 7:30am and will be chip timed. For more info and to register to go toughest10kgalveston.org.
October: 17th Annual D’Feet Breast Cancer Run/Walk – Join in for the 17th Annual D’Feet Breast Cancer Run/Walk at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd. The D’Feet Breast Cancer 5k Run, 10k Run, 5k Walk, and Kids 1k is truly a Celebration of Life. Register now, and help D’Feet Breast Cancer in Galveston County. For more info and to register go to athlinks.com.
December 15th: Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5k – Experience the magic of the Santa Hustle® Island Style! If you are a Christmas lover, enjoy overplayed holiday music, devouring candy and cookies, and joining in on an epic after party, then grab your favorite friends and family and register. The Santa Hustle® swag is bound to make your jingle tingle even brighter with a Santa hat, Santa beard, finisher medal, and new performance hoodie! Make it an even more magical experience by adding on the “Santa Hustle Mrs. Claus Package” to your registration which includes a red tutu, arm warmers, candy cane socks, and two face tattoos. Don’t forget about the kids – register them for the 1-Mile Rudolph Run! For more info go to santahustle.com/galveston.