It is that time of year again, fall running season is in full swing and the latest event for those who enjoy dashing through local wooded trails and pathways is the 14th annual Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas 10-mile road race; which also includes the third annual 3.1-mile Armadillo Run 5K and the 12th annual One 4 Texas Kids’ Fun Run.
Nick Wolda, president of Visit The Woodlands — the convention and visitors bureau-like entity that promotes the township, said The Woodlands is already known as a runner’s community, with more than 200 miles of prime trails and pathways for runners to cruise on, and the 10 for Texas is just one of many premier road races each year in the community.
“It is a great event for our residents and visitors, although (10 for Texas) is mostly resident-driven,” Wolda said. “(Runners) Love the scenic nature of it and the route. People love running over the (Lake Woodlands Drive) bridge and seeking the view.”
According to a press release from The Woodlands Township, all of the races will take place from 6 a.m. to roughly 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. Attendees can arrive and begin registration and preparation at 6 a.m., but the actual races do not kick-off until 7 a.m. The event is a USA Track and Field sanctioned event, and according to a township press release, will feature as many as 2,200 registered runners powering through The Woodlands to the finish line, which is located inside Northshore Park.
“To ensure runner and spectator safety, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for closing and reopening lanes on streets along the race route. There will be a police officer at every intersection along the race route, and deputies will attempt to allow cars through, if and when there is a safe opportunity,” officials stated in the press release. “Proper planning and awareness of lane closure schedules should help alleviate any major interruptions.”
According to the press release from township officials, during the race, the inside lane of these township streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6-10:30 a.m. to give runners safe space they need. The affected streets include: Lake Woodlands Drive, westbound lanes from Lakeside Boulevard to Golden Sage Drive; and Lake Woodlands Drive, the eastbound lanes from Golden Sage Drive to Windward Cove.
In addition to the lane closures, some strees will see a complete closure of roads also from 6-10:30 a.m.for runners to plod along safely: Lake Woodlands Drive, eastbound from East Panther Creek to Lake Front Circle; and Lake Woodlands Bridge — Eastbound lanes from Lakeside Boulevard to Lake Front Circle. The release stated residents of the Windward Cove neighborhood will be able to enter and depart the community during the race, however the release states, all other traffic will be detoured to The Woodlands Parkway.
Township officials recommend drivers seek alternate routes around the race course from 6 a.m. until the race’s expected completion at 10:30 a.m. For more information on the race, visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/10fortexas or telephone the township’s traffic hotline at 281-210-2099 for traffic-related questions. Other question can be submitted via email to email@example.com.
Wolda said the 10 for Texas’ three options for distance — 10 miles, 5K (3.1 miles) and the children’s 1-mile — make it an attractive event for all types of runners.
“For those who are more casual runners, there is the 5K and the kid’s run,” he said. “Ten miles, that is not easy, and it is really for serious runners. This race is really well received by residents.”