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Big Dipper Dash 5k Fun Run/Walk 2011 – 2nd Annual

July 5, 2011 | by admin


The Kick-off Event for the 2011
Human Trafficking Awareness Month



September 10, 2011

Check-in Open:

5:00 pm

Race Start:

6:00 pm


Tom Bass I Regional Park, Pavilion 2
3452 Fellows Road
Houston, TX 77047
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About the Cause

“When the sun goes back
and the first quail calls
Follow the drinking gourd.
The old man is a-waitin’ for
to carry you to freedom.
Follow the drinking gourd”

Over 150 years a Over 150 years ago slaves from the south would anxiously await nightfall to escape and run north to freedom. With coded songs humming in their head that pointed the direction, such as “Following the Drinking Gourd” which secretly instructed the slaves to follow the big dipper to the northern star and the northern star to freedom.

The times have changed, the songs are no longer sung, but unfortunately the slavery still exists. Join Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition as we honor those who once looked up to the stars for their chance for freedom and those who still do today.

About the Run

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 run/walk will begin and end at Pavilion 2 in Tom Bass Regional Park Section I. The run will go along the park’s inside track out onto Fellows Road, down to Tom Bass Regional Park Section II around the lake and back on Fellows Road to Tom Bass Regional Park Section I and back to Pavilion 2. For those who are competitive runners we will be offering a timed run this year. Please see additional costs associated with the competitive run.


There is limited parking at Pavilion 2 and overflow parking available across the park located at the Arts Pavilion. Volunteers will be on site to direct participants to over flow parking and to the start line for the race.


All participants will receive an event T-shirt (which are all made by survivors of human trafficking in India), a race packet filled with goodies and food and refreshments, while supplies last, at the post-race party. All participants will also be eligible for door prizes. Must be present to claim prize.

Packet Pick-Up:

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

September 7th from 11AM – 6:30PM at
Fleet Feet – Rice Village Location, 2408 Rice Blvd – Houston, TX 77005. 

September 9th from 5PM – 8PM at
California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) – Memorial City Mall, off of Katy Freeway and Gessner.

HRRC is also hosting a carb-loading party at CPK to get participants ready for the race. So, stop by and pick-up your packet and stay for dinner. In addition, 20% of your check will be donated by CPK to HRRC. So, bring your friends and family and load up on some yummy carbs. The donation will be provided for both dine-in and take-away orders. All you have to do is present the special FUNdraiser Flier.
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If  unable to make it to Fleet Feet or California Pizza Kitchen, participants may also pick-up their race packet and t-shirt at the Race site the day of the race.  Check-in for the race will begin at 5:00pm.

Entry Fees
$25 — Early-Bird Registration, must be received by 8/30/11 Guaranteed to Receive a T-Shirt 

$30 — General Registration and Day Of Registration
T-shirts provided as available, only checks and cash accepting for day of race registrations

Add $2 to entry fee — 
Competitive Runners
For runners interested in timing results, only available for the first 100 registrants

You may register and pay online via our secure payment system on our website or you may mail in a check payable to: Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition along with your registration form to HRRC · PO BOX 541184 · Houston, TX · 77254.

Questions? Please contact us at 713-874-0290


Thanks to our Amazing Sponsors for Supporting the 2011 Big Dipper Dash

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Great opportunities to advertise your business to a large audience while also supporting a worthy cause are still available. Please contact HRRC at 713-874-0290 or at bigdipperdash@houstonrr.org.

Race Route

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