By ESTEVAN MEDRANO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce has been actively seeking special events to add the community’s list of activities as a means to stimulate the local economy prior to the summer tourist season, which typically doesn’t occur until the middle of June. One of those events will literally take off the morning of June 6 when the first Summer Causeway Run & Walk commences on South Padre Island.
Based on early registrations, Executive Director and President Betty P. Wells expects a more family oriented event compared to the run’s counterpart held annually in January.
“We’re seeing in the preregistration there are a lot of families and that’s exactly the market we hope to reach,” Wells said. “There are a couple things that we are doing different for this event. One is everyone who crosses the finish line, walker or runner, will receive a medal. And also we’ll be using the disposable timing chips instead of the kind we have to cut off at the finish line,” she said.
The event will follow an alternate course from the annual Fitness and Causeway Run held in January, however. The new course begins at Schlitterbahn, through the waterfront loop at Isla Blanca Park, across the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway and concludes at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center (PIECC). During the run, from 8 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m., one lane of the causeway will be blocked off with cones and officers to safely guide the passing runners heading opposite oncoming traffic. Over a thousand runners are excepted to participate in the first time run.
Though early registration has concluded, late in-person registration will remain open on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday before the race from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. All late registration applications must be completed at the PIECC.
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