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2016 5K FunD Run Crosses Galveston's Causeway Bridge

Event to benefit UTMB School of Health Professions students

2016 5K FunD Run Crosses Galveston's Causeway Bridge Event to benefit UTMB School of Health Professions students While the School of Health Professions Causeway FunD Run is an event to help raise much-needed scholarship funds for students, it has also become an event full of celebration and spirit. It has been said "To dream that you are crossing a bridge signifies an important decision or a critical junction in your life ... Bridges represent a transitional period in your life where you will be moving on to a new stage."

While the School of Health Professions Causeway FunD Run is an event to help raise much-needed scholarship funds for students, it has also become an event full of celebration and spirit.

It has been said "To dream that you are crossing a bridge signifies an important decision or a critical junction in your life ... Bridges represent a transitional period in your life where you will be moving on to a new stage."

"For us, the Causeway bridges excellence in education with education in healthcare", said Dr. Elizabeth Protas, dean of the School of Health Professions.

As the path in and out of Galveston, the causeway bridge will once again open to two-legged traffic on Saturday, March 5, for this fourth annual event.

One of only two events that allow running and walking enthusiasts to negotiate the causeway, the SHP FunD Run awards the top runners of each age division, recognizes outstanding teams at the end of the race with special awards and family friendly. Last year's event boasted 700 participants and raised over $80,000 in support of student scholarships for the UTMB School of Health Professions.

Teams are highly encouraged. Create a team of at least six members and receive a discount of the registration fees. By creating teams, we hope to multiply our efforts by raising funds to support SHP student scholarships and exceed our 700 runners from last year.

In partnership with fitTRIrun / FTR Race Management - a local multi-sport performance gear store and race management timing company - this fourth annual event will start with a children's 1K at 7:45 a.m. followed by a 5K wheelchair race at 8:05 a.m. The 5K run begins at 8:15 a.m. with the 5K walk immediately following the runners.

The 5K course is USA Track and Field certified and starts in the parking lot of the Galveston County Daily News Building, 8522 Teichman Road, Galveston. Participants will proceed up the southbound lanes of the causeway, turn around at the acme of the bridge, and head back to the starting line.

Take advantage of the early registration rates and register before midnight on February 4th. Early registration fees are $10 for kids, $25 for adults and $20 for currently enrolled UTMB students.

The School of Health Professions plays a vital role in preparing the healthcare providers of the future by educating students to become physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, clinical laboratory scientists, respiratory care therapists and nutritionists.

By donating, sponsoring or participating in the FunD Run, supporters have the opportunity to help students pursue their educational goals and allow the SHP to continue to provide awards to outstanding students and tuition assistance to those in need.

For more information on sponsoring or registering, please go to www.causewayrun.com or call the SHP Causeway FunD Run hotline at 409-772-3006.