On Saturday, April 13, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus hosted more than 1,500 participates at the inaugural Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run. In partnership with the Houston Marathon Foundation, the non-competitive Fun Run included 1K and 3K courses for families with children of all abilities – including those needing walkers and wheelchairs.
This race, formerly known as the Kids’ Fun Run, has a rich history of more than 15 years. This was the first year that the event was open to the entire family and the goal was to provide a fun way to educate and encourage Houston-area children and their families to adopt active, healthy lifestyles.
Following the races, families were invited to participate in the Family Fun Zone which included 26 activities and attractions across three major zones – adventure, creative and wellness – and provided food and refreshments. Activities included a rock wall, inflatables, go-cart course, waterball pool, Radio Disney, arcade games, spin art, cup stacking demonstrations, weird science and a horse jump course for children provided by Pin Oak. One hundred seventy-five volunteers, many from the West Houston area, were on-site to help families find their way, provide encouragement, staff booths and hand out medals as participants crossed the finish line.