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10 Austin 5K's Worth Running

Get fit and make a difference at the same time...

Runners finish the 2012 Komen Austin Race for the Cure. Flickr creative commons.

Since 5K runs dominate weekends from now until 2013, and given how fitness-centric many many Austinites are, lots of folks are registering for the local races. However, not all of the upcoming 5K runs are solely focused on being physically fit; there are a whole slew of races aimed at making a difference in the community too. If that's your idea of a good time, consider running one of these cause-worthy 5K’s...

10. Break the Silence 5K

August 25, The Domain, 8:00 a.m.

Want to save a life? Run or walk this 5K with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. 

9. 9/11 Heroes Run

September 1, Camp Mabry, 8:30 a.m.

The 9/11 Heroes Run is all about sacrifice; this no-frills 5K is an opportunity to honor the fallen heroes who lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2001. Never forget.

8. Brain Power 5K

September 8, Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, 8:30 a.m.

The Brain Power 5K was born because one survivor understood the desperate need to fund brain cancer research and to instill hope in those affected by the disease. Central Texas' race against brain cancer starts here — and with your help, the finish line will be closer than ever.

7. Run with the Heroes 5K

September 15, Southpark Meadows Shopping Center, 8:00 a.m.

KXAN News Coverage of Run with the Heroes 2012.

Team up with the Austin Police Department and Special Olympics Texas to rally support for Austin’s family of first responders — firemen, paramedics, and policeman alike — and their loved ones.

6. CASA Superhero Run

September 21, Mueller Lake Park & Hangar, 8:30 a.m.

Don your cape, mask and heroic persona for this year’s CASA Superhero Run, produced by a local organization that advocates for abused and neglected children throughout central Texas. As they say, “every child needs a hero, but abused children need superheroes!”

5. Rogue Rescue Run 5K

September 22, TBA, 8:00 a.m.

Dog owners race with their canine companions. Flickr creative commons.

Hit up the Rogue Rescue Run 5K to support the “No-Kill” Texas Humane Heroes foundation, formerly known as the Humane Society of Williamson County. Put one paw in front of the other to end pet homelessness!

4. Keep Calm, Give Hope 5K

October 5, Brushy Creek Lake Park, 8:30 a.m.

National Human Trafficking Hotline billboard. Flickr creative commons.

Support Crowns of Hope to win another jewel in yours. This local nonprofit provides financial and emotional care to survivors of human trafficking and sexual abuse in the greater Austin area. The Keep Calm, Give Hope 5K ensures that victims can continue to receive help and feel safe and valued again.

3. Run for All 5K

October 19, Texas School for the Deaf, 6:30 p.m.

Sign language on a chalkboard. Flickr creative commons.

The Run for All 5K is actually just one part of an annual festival benefiting the Texas School for the Deaf, which provides students with hearing impairments a place to learn, grow and belong. In true Austin style, the festival boasts live music and a movie, as well as a professional track meet.

2. Run for the Water

October 27, 420 Riverside Drive, 7:00 a.m.

Run for the Water 2009 promotional video.

Proceeds from this 5K benefit The Gazelle Foundation, a nonprofit that works hard to build much-needed clean water systems in Burundi, Africa. Your registration fee alone will be enough to provide one Burundian with drinking water for a lifetime!

1. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

November 10, Downtown Austin, 7:30 a.m.

Join the pink masses in this year’s Race for the Cure as the Susan G. Komen Foundation raises funds for breast cancer testing, education and research. This is a pretty festive run too, so don’t forget your wig or feather boa!

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These are just a few of many races benefiting particular causes in the greater Austin area — search Active or RunTex to find more.

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