KEMAH, TEXAS (August 16, 2015) - A record 2,000 runners are expected to make their way here next month to race in the eighth annual Toughest 10K Kemah, which doubles this year as the RRCA's Southern Region 10K Championship.
Set to start and finish Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the world famous Kemah Boardwalk, the Toughest 10K Kemah joins a long list of some of the South"�s top 10Ks in the past decade to host the Southern Region Championship, which covers RRCA"�s 11-state region that spans from North Carolina to Texas and Arkansas to Florida.
"�Running Alliance Sport is honored to have been chosen to host this year"�s Southern Region Championship,' said Running Alliance Sport founder Robby Sabban. "�We"�re proud to represent the RRCA and follow great races such as Birmingham"�s Vulcan Run 10K, Lafayette, Louisiana"�s Cajun Cup 10K and the Bayou City Classic 10K, produced by HARRA right here in our own backyard in Houston.'
Created in 2008 by Sabban as a charity event after Hurricane Ike ravaged the Kemah Boardwalk, the Toughest 10K Kemah is the first of the widely popular three-race Texas Bridge Series, which is in its fifth year.
The remaining two races feature the Toughest 10K Galveston on Saturday, October 17 and the La Porte By The Bay Half Marathon on Sunday, November 15.
Runners traverse over and back the Galveston Causeway Bridge and the Fred Hartman Bridge, respectively, in those races after having completed four passes of the Kemah-Seabrook Bridge in September.
Both the Toughest 10K Kemah and the Texas Bridge Series set records a year ago that are likely to be eclipsed in 2015 as 1,801 runners crossed the Kipp Avenue finish line and 846 of them finished all three races.
A year ago, the Toughest 10K Kemah was the fourth different Running Alliance Sport event to host an RRCA Texas state championship race as Kingwood"�s Ryan Smith and Lake Jackson"�s Lauren Smith set new course records of 32:47 and 37:34, respectively, to win their second RRCA state crown of 2014.
RRCA state champions from the 11-state region at the 10K distance since last year"�s race have been invited - through their state representatives - to be a part of the race"�s elite field, which is being coordinated by Communications Director Jon Walk.
State champions at other distances will be eligible for discounted entries.
RRCA South Texas state representative Lee Greb is expected to be in attendance to present the winners their Southern Region championship medals.
The proceeds from the Toughest 10K Kemah go directly to The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc., a Pasadena, Texas organization whose mission is to offer support, provide safety, and prevent domestic and sexual violence.
Since 2011, through its five races, including the Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay, the Baytown Bud Heat Wave and the three Texas Bridge Series events, Running Alliance Sport donated more than $403,000 to local charities.
For more information about Running Alliance Sport and the upcoming races of the Texas Bridge Series, please visit www.runningalliancesport.org