32nd Annual YMCA Run Thru The Woods
In celebration of 32 years running for a cause, Gullo Dealerships has generously taken the lead as presenting sponsor for the annual YMCA Run Thru The Woods charity event held on Thanksgiving morning in The Woodlands, Texas.
“The Gullo Family of Dealerships is excited to be part of the annual Run Thru the Woods this Thanksgiving”, states Tony Gullo. “We are honored with the opportunity to be the Presenting Sponsor for such an event. This has been a tradition for over 30 years, bringing our community together and offering support to the YMCA and assisting people in our community. We are proud to be able to help keep that tradition running and look forward to a very fun and successful Run Thru The Woods again this year. The entire Gullo Family wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.”
For more than three decades, Run Thru The Woods has been one of the premier running and walking family events in Texas. Though virtual in 2020, this year, the charity event expects to attract more than 4,600 participants from around the country as we celebrate “Return to running and live events”.
The annual holiday event has raised more than $2.6 million since it began. Thank you to our generous sponsors who continue to support running for a cause: Gullo Dealerships, St. Luke’s Health, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, Houston Methodist Hospital The Woodlands, Alight Solutions, CWM Pavilion, Fleet Feet, Spectrum Events, Market Street, and Papa Johns.
The 2021 event is November 25, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands Town Center. Designed for a wide variety of participants, categories and start times include a competitive one-mile Children’s Race for ages 12 and younger starting at 7:30 a.m.; a five-mile race at 8:15 a.m.; and a three-mile race and three-mile walk starting at 8:25 a.m. Wear your favorite Thanksgiving costume. Strollers are welcomed but please leave your pets at home.
Awards include special prize package to the overall top three finishers, male and female, in both the five-mile run and three-mile run. Awards will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place finishers, male and female, in each age group including five-mile, five-mile masters division, three mile race, and three-mile masters division. In the one-mile children’s race, first- through fourth place awards will be distributed to the top four finishers in each age group, male and female. A uniquely designed finisher medal will be handed out at the finish line to all participants.
“Over the years, this popular holiday event has never lost touch with its mission: To provide a fun community event for all ages and all levels, promoting youth development, healthy living, community service and social responsibility as well as raising awareness and funds for the deserving youth organizations the event supports,” said Roxanne Davis, race director and community liaison of The Woodlands Family YMCAs. “Give back, give thanks, let’s run and have fun! YMCA Run Thru The Woods is a great way to begin Thanksgiving Day and kick off the holiday season. There’s the excitement of thousands of people pulling together with purpose, and it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends, to encourage each other, and give thanks and support local nonprofits, including the YMCA. I have had the privilege to be involved and watch the event grow since 1994!
My heart is filled with joy, every Thanksgiving Morning, when I look down the start line and see the thousands of runners/walked lined up to support the YMCA. We live in a very generous and caring community.”
Register early and save. Registration ends at Noon on Wednesday, November 24th. There is no race day morning registration. To learn more and register for YMCA Run Thru The Woods, visit runthruthewoods.org. Like us on Facebook, YMCA Run Thru the Woods.
Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities available. Contact Roxanne Davis, Race Director, 281-681-6730.
About the Y
First organized in 1886, the YMCA of Greater Houston is one of the city’s leading nonprofits dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, seeks to serve all – regardless of age, income, faith or background and we welcome everyone. In the greater Houston area, 25 YMCA centers, one overnight camp and hundreds of program sites nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the city’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in the Houston community, the Y has the longstanding relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. To learn more, call 713-659-5566 or visit us on the web at ymcahouston.org.