An ancillary event to the city’s official week of “Revival and Reflections” events, marking the one year anniversary of Hurricane Ike, the Rebirth Race celebrates the endurance and triumphs of Galveston’s historic districts. The race route begins and ends at the Tremont Hotel’s Mardi Gras arch in the Strand/Mechanic National Historic Landmark District. The route traverses the East End, San Jacinto and Silk Stocking historic neighborhoods.
“There is no better way to appreciate the variety, detail and significance of every building in these districts, whether humble or grand, than on foot,” says Wade. “Participating in the run/walk will bring a street view appreciation of what Galveston was, is and will be.”
Businesses and homeowners along the race route are encouraged to be a part of this historic race by cheering on the participants as they pass the morning of the event. Signs, balloons, and cheers of encouragement are all welcome. Runners will begin the race course at 8:30 a.m. Walkers will proceed immediately afterwards. GHF anticipates 500 to 1000 participants.
Online registration forms for runners and walkers, as well as a map of the race route, can be found at http://www.galvestonhistory.org/Galveston_Rebirth_Race.asp. Teams are highly encouraged. Forms for team registration and official volunteer forms are also available online. Volunteers are needed to assist with packet preparation and pick-up, race day set up, registration and check-in, water and direction stations along the race route and the post race after party. The after party and awards ceremony for the participants will be held immediately following the race in Saengerfest Park on Strand at 23rd Street. For more information about the Galveston Rebirth Race, call 409-765-7834