HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros Foundation is teaming up with the Houston Police Foundation to host the 2014 Badges & Bases H-Town Rundown on Saturday, September 27. The 10K/5K and Kids Fun Run will all begin in front of Union Station at Minute Maid Park and will finish inside the ballpark, with proceeds of the charitable event benefitting the two hosting foundations.
Registration for the Badges & Bases H-Town Rundown is now open at www.astros.com/race. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to register prior to September 1, as prices will increase as the race date approaches. Registration will be available the day of the race on Texas Avenue outside Minute Maid Park, but it will be limited.
Race packets will be available on race day beginning at 6:30 a.m. or in advance on Thursday, September 25 at Academy Sports + Outdoors' Bunker Hill location, 9734 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77055 from 4:00pm-8:00pm, and on Friday, September 26 at Academy Sports + Outdoors' Highway 59 at Kirby location, 2404 Southwest Frwy (between Greenbriar/Shepherd and Kirby) Houston, TX 77098 from 12:00pm-8:00pm.
All 10K/5K participants will receive a commemorative tech t-shirt, while children 12 and under participating in the Kids Fun Run will receive a commemorative cotton t-shirt and a finisher's medal.
Free parking will be available for all participants and supporters in any of the Astros-controlled lots (A, B and C), located off of Preston Street on the east side of Minute Maid Park.
All participants and supporters will also be invited to a post-race party held on Crawford Street outside Union Station, featuring local food trucks and entertainment for all ages.
For more information, please visit www.astros.com/race.
FOOD DRIVE FOR HUNGER ACTION MONTH
In collaboration with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, the Astros Foundation and the Houston Police Foundation are hosting a canned food drive benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Participants in the Badges & Bases H-Town Rundown are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food item. Collection barrels will be available at convenient drop off points in the designated parking areas so you can drop off your donations as you park your car. For a list of most-needed items, please visit www.astros.com/race.
ABOUT THE ASTROS FOUNDATION:
The Astros Foundation is the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros. We seek to harness the passion of baseball fans in the Greater Houston area to support our cornerstone charitable programs, including Community Leaders, the Astros Urban Youth Academy and the Astros RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).
ABOUT THE HOUSTON POLICE FOUNDATION:
The mission of the Houston Police Foundation is to foster visible and direct community support for the Houston Police Department by strengthening pride in and connection to the Department's mission of excellence.
The Houston Police Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation formed by local business leaders to support projects of the Houston Police Department. Donations made by individuals and companies fund special programs, officer safety, training, equipment, and new technology -- none of which would be feasible under the City budget. Approximately 96% of HPD's annual budget goes to pay officers and other department personnel.
The role of the Foundation is not to displace funding for basic law enforcement, or to reduce in any way the responsibility of the City of Houston to commit the necessary funding for law enforcement services for its citizens. However, as modern law enforcement tasks continue to become more complex, the Houston Police Department, similar to police departments across the country, has increasing needs to stay current in training, technology and equipment, and communication and partnership efforts with the community.