The Run Free Texas 80’s 8k went off yesterday without a hitch. Absolutely beautiful weather and clear skies was nothing less than a perfect day for a nice stroll through Cedar Park. The race had right under 1000 participants this year. Several vendors were on hand to support the event. The race has a unique foundation for it’s cause. Co-founder and race director Sabine Medrano started this race with the idea to fund raise for a program that benefits at-risk kids in the Round Rock Independent School District. The funds directly support high school kids running and racing efforts. Run Free has coaches that teach kids how to run and plan races. It encourages the kids to have alternate hobbies such as running and gives them a sense of purpose. The program has received high praise from the school district and local authorities on it’s ability to positively impact the youth community.
The race is now part of the Austin Distance Challenge which has made it grow at a rapidly since it’s inception . The distance challenge will include several more Austin favorites, with the Run for the Water 10 miler next on tap.
You can find the rest of the results here.
The start of the race!
The first male finisher Mark Pinales with a time of 26:56.
Jen Harney was the first female finisher with a time of 30:37.