Different people run for different reasons. For some it’s to test their endurance, while for others it’s a way of showing support for a good cause. Some people run simply to clear their head, and to keep their body in motion. Everyone who runs a marathon will have different reasons for doing it and different expectations for what they want to achieve. It is important to focus on what you personally want to get out of running a marathon, especially if it is your first time running one.
Marathons are a great way to see how well you’re doing. They not only test your endurance they challenge you to push yourself further. If this is your first marathon you need to prepare yourself for the immense strain that you are about to put your body under. Cross-training activities such as cycling and swimming not only improve your aerobic conditioning but also boost your body’s resistance to injury. Other activities that increase the body’s strength, such as Pilates, Yoga or using weights, can also be beneficial.
Next weekend January 14th marks the 33rd Annual 10k Causeway Run across the historical Queen Isabella Causeway. For those seeking the experience and would like to walk, there is also a 5k walk. An annual fundraiser for the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce this run brings out hundreds to participate over the beautiful cascading waters of the Laguna Madre. With award ceremonies taking place at Louie’s Backyard on South Padre Island once the race has been completed.
If you’ve decided to give marathon running a chance here are some tips to get you started:
• Every runner needs to have proper footwear. A runner’s feet are crucial to their training as well as their ability to complete the marathon. Therefore aiding and protecting them with a good pair of running shoes can make a massive difference to a runner’s prospects. With running shoes, there are a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration. When deciding what pair to go for discussing the available options with the staff in a running store is a good place to start. Runners will need to take into account the running surfaces they will training on when making a purchase.
• Appropriate clothing is also important, and women need to be sure to find the right sports bra to ensure comfort while running. As a marathon training schedule is likely to take in a variety of seasonal climates, clothing that fits well, allows for good air ventilation and dries quickly is ideal.
• Eating healthily during the training period is beneficial, but food choices on the day of the marathon – both before and during – can have a big impact too. In the weeks close to the marathon, a runner’s diet should involve eating plenty of complex carbohydrates, such as wholegrain bread and pasta, and drinking lots of fluids. Around 65-70% of total calorie consumption should ideally come from carbohydrates. Alcohol is best avoided as it can dehydrate and disrupt sleep.
• To increase fluid absorption during exercise, runners should start drinking fluids at least 4 hours prior to beginning. On the day of the race, water, milk, fruit juice and sports drinks can be consumed up to 1 hour before the start. Sports drinks are a good source of energy while running as their sodium content can replace electrolytes lost through sweat. Other options for mid-race sustenance include energy bars and bananas.
Event details and schedule
START: Causeway Run starts at 10 a.m. sharp at the Port Isabel Community Center. Fitness Walk starts at the Community Center at 10:15 a.m.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $30 (10k Run); $25 (5K Walk); Students & Military with ID $15 (10K Run or 5K Walk) before Dec., 31, 2016. Online registration or mail to: Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel, TX 78578.
LATE REGISTRATION FEES: After Dec. 31, 2016, $35 (10K Run); $30 (5K Walk); $20 Students & Military with ID (10K Run or 5K Walk). Late registration can be processed at the Chamber office Jan. 2 – 12, 2017, Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online until Jan. 12, 10:00 p.m.
ON-SITE LATE REGISTRATION: Port Isabel Community Center, 213 Yturria St., Port Isabel, Friday, Jan. 13 from 4 – 7 p.m. or Saturday, Jan. 14 from 7 – 9 a.m. $35 (10K Run); $30 (5K Walk); $20 Students & Military with ID (10k Run or 5K Walk).
T-SHIRT AND WALKER WRISTBAND PICK UP: Participants may check in at the Port Isabel Chamber office Mon.-Thurs. the week of the event from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick up their T-shirts and walker wristbands. Runners’ disposable timing chips and bibs will only be handed out at late registration Friday and Saturday at the community center. T- Shirts are guaranteed to the first 2,500 participants to check in. Sizes are not guaranteed.
RACE COURSE: 10K (6.2) mi.) Starts at the Port Isabel Community Center and ends at Louie’s Backyard on South Padre Island. One major incline water stations at locations along course and at the finish line. Police and EMS protection is provided. The run is USA Track and Field certified: Certification #TX15006WG. (See map on reverse)
FITNESS WALK COURSE: 3 miles. This course starts at the Port Isabel Community Center, then right on Davis St., right on Musina St., left on Maxan St., right on Garcia St. and left on Highway 100. The finish line will be at the Padre Balli statue on South Padre Island. Shuttle service will be available to Louie’s Backyard to the runners’ awards ceremonies or back to Port Isabel. This is not a race, it is a participation walk.
SHUTTLE SERVICE: Shuttle service will be available starting at 7a.m. Saturday morning from Louie’s Backyard to the start line at the Port Isabel Community Center. Shuttles will also transport participants from Louie’s back to Port Isabel at the end of the race for vehicle pick up. You must be wearing a PICC Causeway Run & Fitness bib or wristband to use the shuttle bus to Louie’s or back to Port Isabel at the end of the race. Please expect delays with the buses. Absolutely no pets are allowed in the run or walk.
AWARDS & PRESENTATIONS: Cash awards to overall first 3 places to both male and female runners! $500-1st; $300-2nd; $200-3rd. Medals will be given to the overall male and female winners as well as first through third place winner in each male and female age division of the 10K. Overall winners will be ineligible for awards in their respective age divisions. Awards will be presented at the awards ceremony immediately following the race and scoring at Louie’s. FREE refreshments will be available as supplies last. All participants crossing the finish lines will receive finisher medals.

Wendy Van Den Boogerd | General Manager