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Boys Town Texas Hosts 7th Annual Race to Prevent Child Abuse

​Boys Town Texas supporters laced up their running shoes and celebrated the beginning of summer by making a difference in their community. For the 7th year in a row, Boys Town Texas hosted their Run to Prevent Child Abuse in order to raise money and awareness for their cause.

This family-friendly race began at Valero Energy Corporation and went through Leon Creek Greenway before ending back at Valero. Awards were given to the top finishers in each age category, gender and overall race winners. As a special treat, young runners between the ages of 4-12 were given medals for finishing the race. When all was said and done, the race raised over $110,000 for Boys Town Texas and had over 800 people running and walking.

Bexar County, Texas ranks 4th out of all the counties in Texas with the most confirmed cases of child abuse. This event not only serves to raise funds for Boys Town Texas, but also serves to inform and spread awareness about child abuse and neglect in the area.

This event was one that was able to thrive thanks to the community that got involved. Twenty-three women from the Reagan A Capella Group kicked off the event with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem before Sheriff Javier Salazar officially signaled for the race to start. KENS 5 sportscaster Vinnie Vinzetta emceed the event, Boys Town's Romeo Cruz DJ'd the event and John Garza and Michael Chartier volunteered to be event photographers. These people, along with more than 75 volunteers, made the race a success.

"Each year the race gets better and better," said Joyce Horner, Boys Town Texas Development Director. "We have so many runners and walkers that come back to support us, which means we are doing something right! I am blessed to work with such an amazing Development Committee and Board of Directors."

A special thank you to those at the Valero Energy Corporation and Leon Creek Greenway for providing a beautiful venue, those in the community that donated food for the event, Gold's Gym for a free Zumba lesson before the race, the volunteers who gave their time and, of course, the runners and walkers for coming together to help save children and heal families with Boys Town Texas at their annual Race for Prevention of Child Abuse.