Last chance to register
No marathon stress: Running for the Rodeo often morphs into a big costume party
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade doesn't kick off until the costume run. Specifically, the 24th annual ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run — a 5K fun run/walk and 10K race in downtown Houston Saturday.
A record 15,000 people are expected to run this year in the only point-to-point race in the city (as opposed to a loop) that starts in the Theater District, runs through the Elysian Viaduct, and concludes at Minute Maid Park.
In this casual and fun race, many participants dress in costume to celebrate the Rodeo, and it all concludes with a Texas-size party downtown. If the marathon got you curious and inspired to run, the Rodeo Run is a great place to try out racing a shorter distance.
The race begins at 9:35 a.m. (considered late for most races!) and the post-race party begins at 10:30 a.m.
Last year, the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run raised $310,000 in scholarship funds. Since its inception, the Rodeo Run has raised more than $2.5 million for the HLSR Education Fund.
Registration is closed online, but it can be done in person at Luke's Locker on West Gray Thursday and Friday. It costs $30 to enter.