Over the past 17 years, the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K has become one of the most celebrated summer events in the Dallas community. Scheduled for Thursday evening, June 11, the race is limited to the first 5,000 to sign up—and every year, it sells out.
“The Katy 5K is not just a race,” says Lauren Whitson, Membership and Marketing Director at Friends of the Katy Trail. “It’s a race and a party all in one.”
And so it is. Following the race, participants are invited to what some consider the main event—the Katy Picnic Party at Reverchon Park, where the race begins and ends. With live music playing from a nearby stage, runners can treat themselves to free food, beer, and wine from over fifty restaurants, including local favorites like Bread Winners, EatZi’s, and Mi Cocina. It’s a festive summer evening, and only those who registered to run are allowed to partake. (Though there’s no shame if you want to register for the race and just come for the party.)
Ben E. Keith, the race’s title sponsor, and Luke’s Locker play huge roles in making the event happen. Both companies are very hands-on, helping the Friends of the Katy Trail team plan months in advance, organize volunteers, and set up the race itself.
“We couldn’t do it without them,” says Whitson. “They have been involved since the very beginning—even back to our first year when we only had one restaurant at the picnic!”
The Michelob Ultra Katy 5K is the Katy Trail’s largest fundraiser each year, generating close to $200,000, all of which goes right back to the trail to cover costs for landscaping, water and electricity bills, and safety patrol officers. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can sign up at KatyTrailDallas.org. And once you’ve finished your duties, you have a free ticket to participate in the picnic. What better way to spend a Thursday evening? Unless, of course, you decide to actually run the race.
For more information: Katytraildallas.org
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