CALF Race Celebrates 10th Edition
(FORT WORTH, TX) – Saturday, October 5, 2019 was the 10th running of The Cowtown C.A.L.F 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run. With more than 950 registered runners, the event held at Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth featured routes along the Trinity Trails, showcased a community in action, and finished with inspiration at its finest.
The C.A.L.F. Race represents the official start for Cowtown training in area schools. As tradition would have it, most of the athletes on Saturday were from area elementary and junior high campuses. Proud winners in various age brackets and distances by gender were honored with special medals.
During the race start, Cowtown Marathon presented the C.A.L.F. program with a check for $200,000 dollars. These proceeds, generated from the February race, support the operation and grant programs of C.A.L.F. in 17 area school districts.
Along with inspiring schools and coaches, this year’s C.A.L.F. race was also a stage to highlight homelessness and the hope a community event can bring to one life.
Winner of her age division in the C.A.L.F. 5K, Koleen Harjo, is currently living in an area shelter. At 61-years old, she has placed first in the last two races she has entered. While Koleen began running for her own health, she quickly realized that she sets an example for younger women at the shelter. To Koleen, running is community and that is the key to getting through any stereotype and making a difference. This is also why Lauren Helm and Jere McCully began running clubs in area homeless shelters; as a way to build confidence, health, and community.
“To be honest, this is the most fun I’ve ever had. I can finally be myself and relax. People haven’t judged me, and they understand who I am. Everyone has been so nice, so genuine.” Koleen states. ”I love the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a race. I’m looking forward to running until I can’t anymore.”
Mosaic Running Club, a running club for people experiencing homelessness, was founded by Jere McCully and partner organizations True Worth Place, Fort Worth Running Company and Bear Creek Running Company. In 2019, Mosaic became a project of the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition and changed its name to Momentum. The mission of Momentum is to change perceptions and empower individuals through running. This program serves as a catalyst for community change, propelling people forward by connecting them to employment and housing while building their self-confidence.
How to get involved with Momentum:
- Run with us! We would love to have volunteers serve as running mentors and join us in the mornings and on race days. All paces are welcome – from walkers to runners. Runs are Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6:30am at True Worth Place.
- Donate winter running clothes, gloves, hats, socks, etc.
- Text RUNTCHC to 41444 to help with race entry fees, running clothes, and shoes.
- Stay up to date and follow TCHC on Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletters on our website!
The Cowtown C.A.L.F. (Children’s Activities for Life and Fitness) Program:
As part of The Cowtown mission to promote a lifelong love of fitness, The C.A.L.F. Program was created in 2009 to help tens of thousands of area children lace up and cross countless finish lines. We visit approximately 400 schools across North Texas annually, training students in proper running technique and educating them about resting heart rate, the importance of hydration, proper nutrition and living an active lifestyle. Through our school grant program, we identify low-income children and fit them properly with a new pair of running shoes, as well as provide grants to make entry fees more affordable. We have made running a 5K race a reality for 35,000 children in the last eleven years.
Tarrant County Homeless Coalition’s vision is A Home for All. We believe everyone in our community deserves a safe and decent place to call home. Our purpose is to make sustainable community-wide change by providing service and support to anyone impacted by the issue of homelessness including partner agencies, community groups, municipalities, faith groups, businesses, and those who are experiencing homelessness.
ABOUT THE COWTOWN: The Cowtown Marathon, 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 races in the nation. The 42nd annual Cowtown is scheduled for Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 1 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The proceeds from The Cowtown go directly to The C.A.L.F. Program. For more information, visit cowtownmarathon.org