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4th Annual Big Dipper Dash 5K Run/Walk 2013

September 7, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We RUN for Freedom….

About the Event:

HRRC will be kicking off Human Trafficking Awareness Month 2013 with its 4th Annual Big Dipper Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk, an evening event that pays homage to the slaves of old who escaped by running North to freedom following the stars, like the Big Dipper, which pointed to freedom.  Join HRRC to honor those who once looked to the stars for their chance for freedom and those who still do today.

Proceeds from this event will go directly to the outreach and educational activities of Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition, whose mission is to confront modern-day slavery by educating the public, training professionals and empowering the community to take action.

The Course:

The run/walk will take place at Stude Park in The Heights and run along White Oak Bayou.  The event opens at 5pm with packet pick-up and day of registration located in the circle directly across from the community center.

The race will start promptly at 6pm organized in waves.  The first portion of the race follows a straight jogging trail alongside White Oak Bayou until the turnaround point, and then returns along the trail until a second turning point around the baseball field.  The race will end in front of the community center.


There is limited parking in the surrounding area of Stude Park.  HRRC has partnered with the Wave to offer a shuttle service from the Wave Parking lot, located at 1525 Silver, Houston TX  77007,  to Stude Park. The Wave Parking lot is one block north of Edwards, one block south of Summer Street,  one block east of Sawyer and three blocks west of Houston Ave. Click here to view a map of the parking location.

Parking and shuttle service will begin at 4 pm and end at 9 pm. HRRC is encouraging all participants and their supporters to park at the Wave lot and take a bus to the park.


All participants will receive an event T-shirt, a race packet filled with goodies, chip-timing, and access to the post-race party with food and refreshments while supplies last.  All participants will also be eligible for door prizes and must be present to win.

Post-Race Party – Available to all!

Lots of fun, food and music!  Join us for the presentation of awards and door prize drawings following the race.  Refreshments will be distributed from our generous event sponsors such as California Pizza Kitchen, Katz Coffee and many more.

Packet Pick-Up:

Participants will be able to pick-up their race packet and t-shirt on two days, at two locations:

Packet Pick-Up #1September 4th, 2013 from 11am – 7pm

Finish Strong Sports @ 6424 Washington Ave, Houston, TX  77007

Packet Pick-Up #2September 6th from 5pm – 8pm

California Pizza Kitchen – Memorial City Mall @ 303 Memorial City Mall, #610, Houston, TX  77024



Early Bird (July 1-31)


General Registration (Aug 1-31)


Late & Day-Of Registration (Sept 1-7)





There is still time to register for the Big Dipper Dash at the race starting at 5pm.  Day-Of Registration is $40.  We will be accepting cash, checks and credit cards for payment at the race. 

Registration for the 4th Annual Big Dipper Dash 5k Awareness Run/Walk is moving to imATHLETE this year.  HRRC is excited to be working with imATHLETE and hopes that it will provide an easy way to register for the Big Dipper Dash.

When you are ready to register, click the imATHLETE button below.



Frequently Asked Questions:

Have a question about the Big Dipper Dash?  Visit our FAQ page to get your questions answered or contact us at bigdipperdash@houstonrr.org.


Thank you to our generous sponsors who help make the 4th Annual Big Dipper Dash possible!



September 7, 2013
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Stude Park
1031 Stude, Houston , TX 77007 United States
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Houston Rescue and Restore
(713) 874-0290