Nice Day for a Run: Thousands participate in annual Causeway race


Port Isabel-South Padre Press

“It was great; it was a little rough with the wind when we got off the Causeway, but other than that, it was beautiful. Nice weather.”

That’s what Brownsville resident Annie O’Conner had to say as she caught her breath and stretched after completing her first ever Causeway Run Saturday. O’Conner and her husband, Patrick, have been lifelong runners. It’s how they met, she said, but the 32nd Annual Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk was only the second time the couple had entered a social running event together.

This year’s run couldn’t have been any more perfect for a first-timer, either. Clear blue skies and bright sunshine shone over the thousands who gathered for the popular event. Temperatures hovered in the mid-60s – the only slight snag were the sustained winds which buffeted runners as they crossed the span of the bridge.

It was a far cry from last year’s miserable conditions, which included grey skies, soaking rain and temperatures which were only slightly above freezing. Donna resident Trey Johnson remembered it well. The fitness trainer showed up to last year’s run in festive attire, donning a brightly colored wig and a tutu, all the better to motivate his clients who were running with him. “It was a challenge. It was something I had never did, especially a Causeway (Run),” he said of last year’s race and weather. “My main thing was challenging yourself and my clients as well,” he said.

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