Open 1,600 meter run to benefit South Texas Food Bank

LAREDO, TX- How about a 1,600 meter run on Laredo’s newest  track to help a great cause?  Mark Saturday, Feb. 25 at about 5 p.m. Laredo and area runners  are invited  to an open 1,600 meter  run at the new Shirley Field  track. Entry fee is $15 with proceeds benefitting the South Texas Food Bank mission of feeding the hungry. Nixon High School track and field coach Danny Gutierrez is organizing the fundraising event as  part of the Laredo ISD Invitational track and field meet, which is the first track meet at the newly-renovated  Shirley Field. “All runners 18 and over men and women are invited,” Gutierrez said. “I heard the South Texas Food Bank is low and  the track community wants to help. This is for anybody who wants to run or donate to this outstanding cause.”

 

The South Texas Food Bank serves supplemental  food to 24,000 families, 6,000-plus children, 7,000 elderly and 500 veterans and their widows  per month. Coach Gutierrez is “challenging coaches, organizations like law enforcement agencies and others to run and donate. We’re hoping to get 30 runners  or more.  And many more donations.”

The run will be just before the regular high school 1,600 meter event. That’s four laps around the artificially-surfaced Shirley Field track. It’s been quite a few years since the last similar race, which was the nknown as a masters mile and run about 15 years ago during  the Border Olympics.  Coach Gutierrez is saying “it’s a  first time  race at a Laredo high school meet. They’ve run races like this at meets in Falfurrias and elsewhere but I can’t remember one here.” For more information call Coach Gutierrez at (956) 744-3410.Former Nixon High track star of the 1970s, Pancho Farias, now a South Texas Food Bank employee, is encouraging  all ex-trackmen and women to participate. “Dust off those track shoes and come run around a beautiful track. It has the potential to be a great reunion of former track athletes and the $15 will go a long way toward  helping  the food bank.”

For more information call the South Texas Development Office at (956) 568-3673.

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