This steep challenge takes runners 138 feet above the Sabine-Neches canal for that can’t-be-beat high. This year the run honors the volunteer spirit and selflessness of Southeast Texans as they recover from Hurricane Harvey’s floods. The area running community pitched in help those in need, and that character personifies strength in the volunteer spirit, said Richard James III, the run’s director.
The sixth annual Neighbors Emergency Center Pleasure Island Bridge Half Marathon, 10K & Kinsel Ford 2 Miler is the challenge that will get you to Port Arthur’s scenic coastal views. Catch a view of Sabine Lake from the top of the bridge, a vista that includes a glimpse of Louisiana.
After the run enjoy 5 miles of natural beach at Sea Rim State Park, where gulf meets marsh. Cool off with a dip in the Gulf of Mexico and recharge on three paddle trails through the marsh unit. Rent a kayak or bring your own. Birders with an eye for fall migration will want to head to Sabine Woods sanctuary, just a few miles away from Sea Rim.
Runners and their families will want to refuel on their Port Arthur visit at restaurants that include some of our favorite Cajun tastes: crawfish, gumbo and boudain. Try it all!
“This event personifies the resilience and spirit of Southeast Texas,” Richard James III, bridge run director, said. “In addition, as our community recovers from the flood damages of Hurricane Harvey, This is an opportunity to celebrate the volunteer spirit and selflessness of its citizens. Many are still struggling to recover and we have setup a fund through our nonprofit to assist: https://www.gofundme.com/hurricane-harvey-immediate-needs Here’s how to connect with James regarding registering for the run and donations: E mail – firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.facebook.com/islandbridgehalfmarathon https://runsignup.com/…/PleasureIslandBridgeHalfMarathon10K…
Run fun facts:
• Port Arthur’s Pleasure Island, an 18.5mile long man-made body of land, extends from the mouth of the Neches River on the northwest to the Sabine Causeway on the southeast and is surrounded by Sabine Lake and the Sabine Neches Intracoastal Waterway.
• Half Marathon and 10K participants take on the challenge of the MLK Jr. bridge at 5,032 feet in length and 138 feet above the Sabine- Neches Canal. 2 milers enjoy the speed of a flat, fast course.
• Sports Society for American Health is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000, which hosts professionally sanctioned races and athletic events to improve the community with a special focus on children’s health and education. Cajun flavor, dramatic history and natural beauty come together in Port Arthur. Set on the shores of Sabine Lake – a 90,000- acre salt water estuary on the Texas-Louisiana border – Port Arthur is known for its outdoor views, cuisine and culture. For more information about Port Arthur, including dining, accommodations and events, log on to VisitPortArthurTx.com