News from the River (Cont.)
Trinity Commons Foundation Luncheon Commands a Record Crowd and Positive Aura (con't)
Mayor Caraway also noted the importance of such a great project for the citizens by stating that the city is worthy of this “type of a jewel” that can be enjoyed every day.
WFAA’s Sports Director, Dale Hansen, was the Key Note Speaker for the luncheon and he shared a number of stories about his family and roots growing up outside of Dallas. The basic message was about leaving a legacy behind for future generations. From his view, the Trinity River Corridor Project is this type of opportunity.
He quoted the late Senator Ted Kennedy, “The future will outlast all of us, but all of us live on in the future we make.” He inspired the luncheon guests by telling them that they are the ones making our city a much better place to live through all of their work and charitable commitments.
Dallas Hosts 7th Annual MWH Trinity River Levee Run
The MWH Trinity River Levee Run took to the city’s streets for its 7th annual event on Saturday, March 5. The event kicked off at 9 a.m. in Trammell Crow Park at 3700 Sylvan Avenue, Dallas, TX. In addition to the 10K course and “Hometown Splashdown” Kayaking clinic, this year’s event also featured a 5K run and a 2-mile Fun Run/Walk. Also unique this year was the addition of timing chips provided by Apple Timing and New Balance technical running shirts for participants plus the USATF certification of the 5K and 10K courses.
The event welcomed a new title sponsor, MWH Global, an environmental engineering firm with projects in sustainability and renewable energy in many parts of the world. They teamed up with Ben E. Keith, Kroger, Fuel City, Gold’s Gym and other sponsors to help make the event possible. The race is produced by the Trinity Commons Foundation, Dallas Running Club and the City of Dallas with long-time event supporter, Luke’s Locker.
Over 1,000 runners signed up for the timed races and laced up their tennis shoes for the run. Mayor Dwaine Caraway and Councilmember David Neumann spoke at the opening ceremony which always includes a formal program with a color guard and the singing of the National Anthem.
In addition, a much needed warm-up routine for a cold morning was provided by Jill Beam from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and the musical energy of Rockupational Therapy kept pace with all the action!
The two chiefs, Dallas Police Chief David Brown and Dallas Fire Rescue Chief Eddie Burns shook hands and took on the Glenn Carter Safety Challenge to race one another with their new recruits. Did Chief Brown’s recruits and officers take back the Glenn Carter Safety Challenge this year?
It was a close race won again by Dallas Fire Rescue! However, their overarching aim: to bring attention to the importance of public safety and, of course, to engage in a little friendly rivalry was accomplished making both teams winners and ready to boast again for another year!
The North Texas race enthusiasts converged on Trammell Crow Park enjoying Kroger’s nourishing fruit, water and juice; Fuel City’s popular tacos; Clif Bloks’ variety of flavors; Krispy Kreme’s delicious donuts; Coca Cola refreshments; and the ever-popular beer garden courtesy of Ben E. Keith. In addition, terrific giveaways were provided courtesy of AT&T, Texas Rangers Baseball, REI, Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas Zoo, Troy Aikman Foundation, and Beyond Pilates.
Gold’s Gym was a welcome new sponsor for the event and due to the cold weather, the kayak clinic did not see the crowds it did in 2010 but a few kayakers braved the chilly water and high winds of Trammell Crow Pond. It was clearly a day for sports action and fun!