Race for the Pennant set for May 30.

On Memorial Day (Monday, May 30), the Astros will host the Ninth Annual Astros in Action Race for the Pennant. The 5K Run/Walk and Junction Jack’s Kids Fun Run  begins at Minute Maid Park in front of Union Station on Crawford Street, heads towards the Elysian Viaduct, travels back through downtown Houston on La Branch Street, and finishes inside the ballpark.  The course is a USATF Certified Course (Certification #TX09026ETM).  Runners and walkers are encouraged to register online in advance of the event by going to www.astros.com/race.

Registration forms are available at all Academy Sports + Outdoors stores.  In-person registration and packet pick-up will also be available at the Academy Sports + Outdoors store located at 2404 Southwest Freeway on Saturday, May 21 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.).  Registration forms are also available in the Union Station Lobby, the Fan Accommodations booths (sections 112 and 323) and the Community Clubhouse (behind section 107) at Minute Maid Park.

Participants in the race will receive an official race t-shirt, two free tickets to a select 2011 Astros home game and an invitation to the Post-Race Party inside Minute Maid Park.  The party will immediately follow the race and will feature food, drinks and live entertainment provided by the Last Train Out. Special guests will include Astros Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton, mascot Junction Jack and his friends, along with the Coca-Cola Park Patrol.  An awards presentation will be held at the Post-Race Party, along with door prizes for a few lucky winners.

The first overall male and female runners in the 5K run each receive two round-trip coach class airline tickets on United Airlines.  Awards will be given to the first place overall male and female finisher, top male and female in each age category and top three male and top three female finishers in each age category.  Age categories: 0-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.  Junction Jack’s Kids Fun Run is non-competitive and all participating kids will receive medals.

This year’s Race for the Pennant course is presented by The Methodist Hospital in partnership with the JLH Foundation and endorsed by the Chevron Houston Marathon. Proceeds from the race benefit the Astros In Action Foundation.

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