The Lake Houston YMCA is celebrating its 25th Annual Bridge Fest, thanks to all of its volunteers, sponsors, participants and supporters.

Children take off from the starting line during the 1-mile kids' race.

“I think this is such a neat event that started 25 years ago when the bridge was built. It is truly ‘bridging communities together,’ which is what we do at the YMCA. We hope that the Lake Houston community will come out and support us this year as we celebrate the 25th Annual Bridge Fest Run/Walk,” said Mandy Steizer, the community executive director for the Y.

This year’s events include a 5K Family Run and Walk, 1-mile kids’ race and 1-mile adaptive needs race. One of the YMCA’s main goals is promoting health and fitness, and

Ready, set, go!

running can be advantageous to the body, mind and spirit. The Bridge Fest serves this purpose while raising much -needed funds for various programs. 

“Our goal is to raise $30,000 from this race. Our annual campaign goal for the Lake Houston YMCA is $268,000. Those funds are raised through Bridge Fest, our Dancing for a Cause event which takes place April 27 at the Humble Civic Center, and from our community campaign. One hundred percent of the dollars raised stay right here in the Lake Houston community,” said Steizer. 

She continued,“The funds raised help provide financial assistance to those who otherwise would not be able to participate. Programs include after-school childcare, day camp, swim lessons, the Miracle League (adaptive-needs baseball), LiveStrong (a program for cancer survivors), youth sports, membership and more,” said Steizer.

Steizer reported that last year there were just over 1,000 runners/walkers between the three events. Participants come from all over Houston, but mainly the Lake Houston area. The kids’ race is for children as young as 5 years old and the 5k gets runners as old as 85.

Runners enjoy the annual event.

While regular registration ($25-$35) ends on Tuesday, Jan. 31, before midnight, late sign-up is still accepted on the website until Friday, Feb. 10, before midnight for an additional amount. Visit ymcahouston.org/lake-houston to register online.

Natasha Rodrigues
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