We RUN for Freedom….
About the Event:
United Against Human Trafficking will be kicking off Human Trafficking Awareness Month 2014 with its 5th Annual Big Dipper Dash 5K Run/Walk. This is 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 UAHT 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 United Against Human Trafficking, 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 take place at Stude Park in The Heights and run along White Oak Bayou. The event opens at 4:00 PM with Packet Pick-up located in the circle directly across from the community center in Stude Park and Day of Registration located next to the community center. The race will start promptly at 5:00 PM with runners 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 in Stude Park.
There is limited parking in the surrounding area of Stude Park. United Against Human Trafficking has partnered with The Wave to offer a shuttle service from the Wave Parking lot, located at 1502 Sawyer Street to Stude Park. Click here to see a map of the Wave Parking Lot. To get to the Wave parking lot — if you are coming from I-10. Turn left just after the 1st railroad track. Drive down the side of the Rivanna Rice (Sawyer Silos). Then turn right when you are between Winter Street Studios & Rivanna Rice. The Wave shuttle service will run from 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM. United Against Human Trafficking is highly encouraging all participants and their supporters to park at the Wave lot and take a shuttle bus to the park. To learn more about The Wave, visit their website.
A new feature of the Big Dipper Dash this year is a Bag Check area. This area is provided as a courtesy to all race participants and will be staffed the entire time by United Against Human Trafficking Staff and/or volunteers. All personal items must fit inside the race bag provided by United Against Human Trafficking. By checking your race bag at Bag Check, you agree that United Against Human Trafficking will not be held responsible or liable for any damaged, lost, or stolen items. United Against Human Trafficking will provide all race participants with a bag at Packet Pick-up to use at the Bag Check on race day. Duffel bags, back packs or other bags will not be accepted at bag check. Bags will be labeled with Bib # and name at Bag Check. Once participants have completed the race, bags can be picked up.
All race participants will receive a race packet, which will include a race/bib number, chip timing instructions, event T-shirt, and other goodies. All participants will be eligible for door prizes and must be present to win. Please note that we may not have T-Shirts for participants who choose to register for Late and Day of Registration. To ensure that you get a T-Shirt, please register before Late Registration (which begins September 1).
Post-Race Party – Available to all!
Please stick around after the run for fun, food and music! Join us for the presentation of awards and door prizes drawings. Complementary refreshments for the Big Dipper Dash event will be provided.
Participants will be able to pick-up their race packet and t-shirt on two days, at these locations: Packet Pick-Up #1: Wednesday, September 3rd 12-7pm | Athleta Town & Country Village – 600 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 77024 Packet Pick-Up #2: Thursday, September 4th 12-7pm | Athleta Village Arcade – 2512 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005 Fees:
Early Bird (June 6-30)
General Registration (July 1-Aug 31)
Late & Day-Of Registration (Sept 1-6)
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Registration for the 5th Annual Big Dipper Dash 5k Awareness Run/Walk is available through imATHLETE again this year. UAHT is excited to be working with imATHLETE and hopes that it will provide an easy way to register for the Big Dipper Dash once again this year. When you are ready to register, click the imATHLETE button below.
Prefer to mail your registration form? Download the Registration Form here!
Thank you to our generous sponsors who help make the 5th Annual Big Dipper Dash possible!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you’re interested in helping with this event, send an email to our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need A LOT of volunteers to make the race a success!