The 2013 BCM Wellness 5K
By bringing together the medical community and the Houston community in an event promoting health lifestyles, we hope to show that exercise is not only in a doctor's advice, but in a doctor's way of life!
Please join us for the 2nd annual Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Wellness 5K Race/Walk and 1K Kid's Race, organized by BCM students. This event promotes exercise and healthy eating as integral parts of health. We hope to educate our future physicians and the community on wellbeing that extend beyond the clinic and encompass a broader view of health. Stick around after the race at McGovern Commons for a great race party and awards ceremony with food, activities, music, and prizes!
Last year, the Wellness 5k donated $10,000 to Recipe for Success, a Houston based charity that helps teach school aged children about healthy eating through hands on education in gardens and in cooking classes. Funds also went to fund medical student initiated community service projects through the Grants for Leadership Opportuniites in Wellness (GLOW) Awards, helping to jump start: Food Rises, an effort to educate at risk children about the root causes of obesity; the Refugee Health and Leadership Academy, a training program for young adult refugees in Houston to become health advocates in their community; Music and Wellness Choir, bringing after school music and healthy living classes to local schools; and Medical Miles Mentors, increasing physical activity in middle schoolers and connecting them with positive role models. Learn more about our supported projects here.
This year, we plan on continuing to support the GLOW Awards and also expanding our focus to include the Student Wellness Program, to help future physicians learn how to become better educators of wellness.
Entry Fees Timed 5k Race/Walk:
Early Bird (Now-August 12): $20
Regular (August 13 – September 12): $25
Late (September 13 – October 12): $30
Race Day: $35
Note: There is a small web processing fee.
Kids 1k Race (10 years old and younger)***
Early Bird (Now-August 12): $7
Regular (August 13 – September 12): $10
Late (September 13 – October 12) $13
Race Day: $15
Date and Time:
October 12, 2013
Please arrive by 8:00 am.
5K Race/Walk will start at 8:30 am.
Pre-Race and Starting Line:
Pre-race activities - Registration & packet pickup will take place at TMC McGovern Commons at 6550 Bertner Avenue Houston, TX 77030 beginning at 7:30 am.
Race Starting line - 6432 East Cullen Circle, Houston TX 77030
We are excited to announce a costume contest for the Kids 1K Fun Race*** this year! Feel free to dress up in the most creative costumes you or your child can imagine, and have fun with it! Judging will be conducted from 8-8:15 am, and awards will be handed out during the Award Ceremony after the race. Also, before the Kids 1K Fun Race, there will be games for the kids to play between the start of the 5K and their race. We hope to see you there!
***Please note that the race staff will not be responsible for the supervision of children beyond the scope of the games and race itself. Please arrange for a parent, guardian, or adult to be available to monitor your children. We appreciate your help in making sure this event is fun and safe for all. Thank you.
Parking will be available in the Texas Medical Center's Garage 7 (off John Freeman Blvd) and 15 (TMC Commons). For details on rates, check out the TMC Parking website. Garage 7 offers the best price: See Economy Options for Visitors.
Race Starting Times:
Please plan to arrive by 8:00 am.
The 5K Run/Walk will start at 8:30 am.
The Kid's 1K Race will start at 9:30 am.
Post Race Party:
Join us after the race for a fun post race party with food and drinks, student booths, music, and awards! Awards and raffle prizes will be distributed. Prizes distributed last year included gift certificates to Fleet Feet, front-row tickets to an MLS game and Rockets memorabilia!
Thank you to our 2012 BCM Wellness 5K Run/Walk sponsors. We are looking for race sponsors for this year's race! Those interested in sponsoring should contact the Fundraising Coordinator. Descriptions of Fundraising levels are available here
A 5K route through the Texas Medical Center and along the scenic Brays Bayou trail. The Kids 1K will take place on Moursund St. immediately following the 5K Race/Walk. Strollers are permitted to join the race with the walkers, but we ask that you please begin line up at the race start toward the back of the starting line.
View the course on Map My Run.
Plaques will be awarded to the team with fastest times and biggest groups. Fastest times will be calculated by the placement of the top 4 female or male finishers per team.
5K Run Awards:
Overall awards and age group awards for top male and female
Kid's 1K Awards:
Medals for all Kid's 1K finishers.
Kid's Costume Contest Awards: Presented in categories including "Best Costume," "Best Parent/Child Costumes," and others.
Race T-shirts and Packet Pick Up:
Race event shirts are guaranteed for all registrants signed up by September 30th and can be picked up at race packet pickup. Donate $10 additional dollars and get your name on the race t-shirt (sign up by 11:59 PM on September 30th)! Packet pick up will be Friday, October 11th from 11:00 a.m -7:00 p.m at Fleet Feet in Rice Village: 2408 Rice Boulevard Houston, TX 77005, (713) 520-6353. Packets will also be available for pickup starting at 7:30 a.m. on Race Day
For additional information visit the Race Website. Please check us out on Twitter and like us on Facebook!
Do you want to be part of the event but aren’t able to run in it? Do you want to be part of a team that brings to our Houston community the only preventive health focused 5k charity fundraiser? Do you want to kick start your weekend with the awesome feeling of being a community service hero? Want to meet and work with a bunch of like minded enthusiastic people? If you answered yes to anyone of these: Consider volunteering! We sincerely appreciate each and every one one of our volunteers- we wouldn't have an event without you! Please see sign up to volunteer here!
To make a donation directly to the BCM Student Wellness Program/ Wellness 5k:
Please send a check payable to BCM Wellness 5k to address:
BCM Wellness 5k
Office of Student Affairs
c/o Ms. Pat Myint
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030