Delicious isn’t how most people describe running, but then the Kolache Factory Challenge 5K isn’t your everyday fun run.
Paying homage to a Houston food favorite, the Kolache Factory Challenge 5K returns for a second straight year at the Energy Corridor’s Park & Ride on March 9.
There’s a casual 5K run/walk event and a kids 1K, but the real fun is the “Challenge,” when runners hitting the one-and-half-mile mark will down three sausage and cheese kolaches before finishing with a sense of accomplishment and a content belly.
Speaking of the finish, kolaches from The Kolache Factory await all, accompanied by Katz Coffee and a celebratory Saint Arnold Beer for participants 21 and older. Plus, there will be kids’ activities and other festivities.
“We are thrilled to be back as the title sponsor of this growing event,” says Dawn Nielsen, chief operating officer at Kolache Factory. “We hope all the participants have fun and enjoy our kolaches during and after the 5K.”
The Kolache Factory Challenge 5K, co-sponsored by the Energy Corridor District, will benefit families in need. A portion of all net proceeds will go to Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM), whose mission is to assure that families and individuals have the means to meet their basic needs to avoid financial crisis and homelessness, while enabling long-term self-sufficiency.
Registration is now open for the Kolache Factory Challenge 5K. There is even a Virtual 5K option. Participants will receive a timed bib, race tech shirt and a commemorative medal.
For registration and more, KolacheFactoryChallenge.com.
2nd Annual Jingle All The 5K Draws 1,300+ People
The Kolache Factory Challenge organizers recently held their second annual Jingle All The 5K, 10K, 1K fun run under holiday bright skies at the Addicks Park & Ride, where more than 1,300 people joined Santa, his reindeer and the Abominable Snowman.
That turnout represented a 255% increase from the inaugural 2017 Jingle All The 5K event, according to race organizer Tim Herr.
Proceeds also benefited Memorial Assistance Ministries, and a toy drive during the run collected more than 100 toys.
Families joined new and veteran runners alike for the holiday-themed festivities, which featured run lengths for all ages and capabilities. Each participant left with a festival technical t-shirt, timed bib and yeti-themed custom medal featuring none other than the Abominable Snowman.
A post-race celebration featured food and refreshments, including Saint Arnold Brewing Company beers and goodies from Nothing Bundt Cakes, at Memorial and Dairy Ashford. Both brands co-sponsored the event, along with the Energy Corridor District, Strada, Shell, BP, Hilton Garden Inn, Joy Knox State Farm Agency, the Heights At Park Row, Precision Chiropractic, Cash Store, Sun & Ski Sports and Case By Case Photo Events.