The Fourth of July is for celebration, fireworks, barbecuing and getting really hot during a race.
That’s what the organizers of the 2019 Texas Bud Heatwave 5-Mile/5K Run hope.
Thursday, the ninth edition of the race since its reboot will take place in Mont Belvieu when hundreds of runners will start both a 5-mile and 5K run at 7 a.m.
Race day registration is from 6-6:50 a.m. at Wismer Distributing, 13827 I-10 East, the site for both the start and finish of both races.
Wismer sponsors the race.
According to race director Robby Sabban, about 750 runners were registered as of the weekend and more should be signed up by race time.
The most to ever run the newest edition of the Texas Bud Heatwave run is 1,100 in 2017 and about 900 participated a year ago, according to Sabban.
The 2017 race was the last one run in Baytown.
Sabban helped resurrect the race in 2010 in Baytown after it had stopped being held in the 1990s.
“It was a race where people had fun so we thought we should bring it back,” Sabban said. “We wanted to bring it back to Wismer and they were excited about restarting the event.”
Also, $1,500 in cash awards will be divided between the the top three men and women overall placers and the master (40-and-up), grandmaster (50-and-up) and senior grandmaster (60-and-up) male and female winners for the 5-mile race only.
Age group commemorative awards will be given for both the 5K and 5-mile races.
Sabban acknowledges the race lives up to its name when run at this time of year,
“It is going to be hot and humid and people love the challenge,” Sabban said. “At the finish we have ice cream, watermelon and sausage on a stick for them to enjoy and celebrate their accomplishments.
“There will also be beer available provided by Wismer Distributing.”
There will be six-pack, costume and sausage eating contests after the race.
“Wismer and the City of Mont Belvieu have been very receptive,” Sabban said. “Without them, the race does not happen. We want people to come out for the 4th in July and stay for the celebration in Mont Belvieu as well.
“The race is a really nice event.”