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Get involved and get moving with upcoming DFW races

Runners in the Women’s race start the 35th London Marathon on Blackheath, in London, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Living in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is ideal for those who want to be involved in their community and work on their fitness. The North Texas area has a multitude of options for staying fit, including races, walks and runs for those who want to help out worthy organizations and see different areas of the city.

On Saturday night, students probably saw walkers participating in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk that was put on by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Participants in the walk raised money to support the AFSP, to help fund research and support those who have lost loved ones to suicide. Supporters walked from dusk until dawn around Dallas to help raise money and awareness for suicide prevention.

For those who are interested in participating in an Overnight Walk, the AFSP will be hosting another walk in Boston on June 27. There are also campus walks all over the country that those who are interested can register to participate in. To learn more visit the AFSP website here.

From fun runs to races, there is an endless number of opportunities for those who want to support their community, and the next big chance is on May 9. With two big events to choose from, there is no excuse to not get moving and support worthy organizations.

Heroes in Action will be hosting the 1st Annual Heroes Memorial Climb. The Heroes Memorial climb supports fire, police and veteran beneficiaries. The money raised will go to fund programs that help public servants and veterans.


The climb will be held at Reunion Tower and is the tallest multi-stair lap in North Texas. The climb challenges participants to push themselves as they climb 114 stories to honor fallen heroes.

“It’s a great opportunity to participate in a local fitness event while at the same time supporting military, police, paramedics, and firefighters,” said Jesse Carr, the public information officer for the event.

For more information or to register for the event, visit the Go Heroes website.

Another event that is coming up is the 23rd Annual Buffalo Boogie, hosted by the Friends of Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. This family (and dog) friendly event will take place in the Fort Worth Nature Center on May 9. There is both a 1-mile and a 5k run and walk for those who want to participate and support the preservation of native wildlife in North Texas.

Events like these are a great way to support the community while getting fit. To find other races that benefit the community and get your heart rate going, visit the DFW races website here.

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