The run benefits The Cowtown C.A.L.F. program (Children’s Activities for Life and Fitness), the official charity of The Cowtown Marathon
FORT WORTH, TX--The Cowtown Marathon’s Sixth Annual C.A.L.F. Run will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. The event, presented by Texas Capital Bank for all ages and skills, comprises a 1-Mile distance starting at 7:05 a.m., a 15K distance starting at 7:00 a.m. and a 5K distance starting at 7:35 a.m.
The run benefits The Cowtown C.A.L.F. program (Children’s Activities for Life and Fitness), the official charity of The Cowtown Marathon. Serving some 18,000 children annually in the Fort Worth area, C.A.L.F. provides running training to children across the community, plus race entry fee grants and new running shoes to children in need. The Cowtown C.A.L.F. Run presented by Texas Capital Bank is the fall warmup to The Cowtown’s annual Kids 5K race scheduled for February 24, 2018, as well as a great training run for the other running distances of February’s annual Cowtown weekend of races.
In addition to the three races, C.A.L.F. will once again partner with the FitWorth Healthy City Initiative on its Sixth Annual FitWorth Fuel Challenge held during the race for area high school culinary students. These 74 students in the culinary competition represent culinary programs from 7 schools and 4 area school districts.
Cowtown will provide a healthy breakfast after the race, as well as other family-friendly activities to give everyone a great event experience. In addition, participants will be able to watch the FitWorth Fuel Challenge and taste some of the foods the culinary students are preparing.
About the C.A.L.F. Program: C.A.L.F. promotes the importance of good health and physical fitness in our community through Children’s Activities for Life and Fitness (C.A.L.F.). Staff and volunteers visit 400+ schools annually across North Texas to train students in proper running techniques, developing a life-long love of fitness. C.A.L.F. distributes more than 5,500 race entry grants to area youth to help them afford running events throughout the year, along with over 5,500 pairs of running shoes distributed to underserved youth.
About The Cowtown: The Cowtown, the largest multi-event road race in North Texas, has a $10.4 annual economic impact in Fort Worth, Texas, and is one of the largest youth runs in the nation. The 40th annual Cowtown is scheduled for Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The Cowtown races are presented by the University of North Texas Health Science Center, MillerCoors, Star Telegram, NBC 5, Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet and Texas Capital Bank. For more information, visit cowtownmarathon.org
About FitWorth Healthy City Initiative: FitWorth is a family-focused initiative of Mayor Betsy Price and the Fort Worth City Council launched in September 2012 to address the growing trend of childhood obesity in the city. In 2014, FitWorth became an independent program of Foundation for Wellness, Texas, tasked with promoting health and active lifestyles through an individualized and sustainable approach to community wellness. In 2016, FitWorth affected more than 40,000 children in the Fort Worth, and since its inception has been a part of the collaborative effort that has contributed to a 6 percent decrease in the number of FWISD students who are overweight or obese.