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Boys Town Texas Holds Record-Setting Race for Child Abuse Prevention

Boys Town Texas hosted its sixth annual ​Race to Prevent Child Abuse on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Valero Energy Corporation Headquarters. More than 100 volunteers, 815 runners, and many more family and friends came out to support the participants in the day’s 5K and 10K races.

The beautiful, sunny weather welcomed families, children, and pets. Many of the children were dressed in capes and tutu’s all ready to run or walk together in this family-fun event. Police Chief William McManus signaled the beginning of the races with his bullhorn and police sirens.

All children under the age of 12 were given participation medals, and Team Spirit Award winners were Tesoro Corporation taking first place, with Capital Group Companies taking second.

Besides running, participants and spectators could enjoy Zumba sessions and a variety of food from local vendors.

The event gave Boys Town the opportunity to kick off Child Abuse Prevention month in a big way. Along the race route, statistics on child abuse were placed to raise awareness of the seriousness of child abuse and neglect.

“I am blessed to be part of such amazing organization with such great support from our board and enthusiasm from the community,” said Joyce Horner, Boys Town Texas Development Director. “We broke records this year with the amount of participants we had and the amount of money we raised. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!”

The race grossed $90,000, with all proceeds benefitting Boys Town Texas’s mission of Saving Children and Healing Families. Boys Town would like to thank everyone who worked diligently to prepare this event and all participants who helped make it a success!