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Sat March 9, 2019 Houston, TX US 77079 Directions
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Save The Kolaches Until AFTER Your Run/Walk

CASUAL 5K: Save the Kolaches until after the finish line!

$39.75 $34.75 8:30AM CST - 10:00AM CST Price increases after January 31, 2019 at 11:59pm CST
Are You Up To The Challenge?!

CHALLENGE 5K: Eat three Kolaches at the 1.5 mile mark and head to the finish!

$39.75 $34.75 8:30AM CST - 10:00AM CST Price increases after January 31, 2019 at 11:59pm CST
Earn Your Prize From Home!

VIRTUAL 5K / 1K (Shipping Costs Incl'd)

$34.75 Registration ends March 9, 2019 at 11:59pm CST
For Our Little Kolaches!

KIDS 1K: Ages 12 and Under, Untimed

$19.75 8:10AM CST - 8:30AM CST Registration ends March 9, 2019 at 11:59pm CST
THE 2ND ANNUAL KOLACHE FACTORY CHALLENGE 5K ​WILL RETURN ON MARCH 9, 2019 AND REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!
Description
In a food obsessed city like Houston, an event which pays tribute to one of the state's defining pastries, the Kolache, seems only natural. If you haven't had a Kolache before, you've come to the right place. Welcome to the 2nd Annual 'Kolache Factory Challenge 5K'!
Kolache Factory, our title sponsor, was founded in 1982 in Houston, Texas by co-founders John and Jerri Banks, who identified a need for a fresh, high quality breakfast that could be eaten “on the run.” We're excited to officially put "on the run" to the test!
Participants in the 5K event may register via three options: Challenge, Casual, Virtual Run.
The 'Challenge' - Eat three (3) sausage and cheese kolaches from Kolache Factory at the 1.5 mile mark and complete the rest of the race in 90 minutes or less. This is for ANY participant who wishes to accomplish this feat. An award will be given to the fastest challenge male and female, $100 Kolache Factory gift card. If you register as a Challenger but are not able to complete the Challenge there are no penalties, you're just ineligible for awards. 
The 'Casual' registration is for runners who wish to take a more leisurely, traditional run/walk approach to the event and save the kolaches until after the run/walk. An award will be given to the fastest overall casual male and female, $100 Kolache Factory gift card.
The 'Virtual Run' is for runners who prefer to sleep in, earn their race swag and visit Kolache Factory on their own time.
Registration fees rise gradually leading up the event and are a flat registration fee across all three registration options.

Challenge and Casual runners all begin the race at the same time and receive a timed bib, race tech shirt and commemorative medal. Only Challenge participants receive three kolaches at the 1.5 mile mark, and all participants are eligible to enjoy kolaches at the finish line (courtesy of Kolache Factory) along with other post-race refreshments including Katz Coffee and one free beer per 21+ participant. 
Also, we have an option for our young participants in the 'Kolache Kids' Fun Run 1K' (Ages 12 and Under Fun Run, Untimed). One parent per child may participate for free during the event. We'll also have a face painter/balloon twister on site at the start/finish line area between 8-10am for all of our participating kids!
So, what are you waiting for...are you up to the Challenge?!?
2018 Event Photos - Don't Miss Out on the Fun in 2019!

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Event Pricing Schedule
5K CHALLENGE / CASUAL:
6/11 - 6/30 - $29.75 (Early-Bird Registration)
7/1 – 1/31 - $34.75
2/1 - 2/22 - $39.75
2/23 - 3/8 - $44.75
3/9 - $49.75 (Event Day Registration)
 
KIDS 1K (Age 12 and Under): 6/11 - 3/9 - $19.75 
 
VIRTUAL 5K / 1K (Shipping Costs Incl'd): 
6/11 - 6/30 - $29.75
7/1 - 3/9 - $34.75
Can't make it to the event?  No problem!  Sign up for our Virtual Run option and run the event on your own time. Participants that choose this option will be able to pick up their run bib, shirt, and commemorative finisher medal during packet pick-up or have it shipped directly to you (you get to choose either option during registration).
If you need it shipped to you, standard shipping is included within your registration cost and we'll ship it to your address within three weeks or less following the conclusion of the event on 3/9.
Kolache 5K Giveaways!

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(Image Above - 2017 Event Giveaways)

1. Custom Die-Cast Finishers Medal (Limited to first 750 registrations)
2. Tech Performance T-Shirt
3. Commemorative Participant Bib
4. One (1) Post-Race Beer for Participant Ages 21+
Place
Start Line Location: Addicks Park and Ride (Energy Corridor, Right Off I-10) - Flat and Fast Course on Park Row Drive
14230 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX US 77079
Course / Parking Maps (USATF Certified Course)
5K Course Map: CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED MAP

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Kids 1K Course Map: CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED MAP

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Event Information
WHEN DOES THE EVENT START?
Saturday, March 9th
8:10 AM - Kids 1K
8:30 AM - Challenge / Casual 5K
 
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE 5K?
All ages can participate in the 5K event, with ages 2 and under free to accompany a family member.  Strollers and walkers are also welcome, we just ask that you start in the back of the corral at event start to allow runners ahead.  All participants must finish within the 90 minute timeframe (30 min avg. per mile).
 
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE KIDS 1K?
Untimed Kids 1K fun run is limited to children 12 and under. One parent or guardian may escort the child through the route, but it is not required. Strollers are allowed. Older children will be put in the front, and strollers are to be in the back. We ask if you are pushing a stroller you be cautious of other children around you as you pass them. We'll also have a face painter/balloon twister on site at the start/finish line area between 8-10am for all of our participating kids!
 
PARTICIPANT GIVEAWAYS
All 5K Race Participants Receive: Participant Bib, Tech T-Shirt, Finisher Medal, One (1) Post-Race Beer (Ages 21+)
All Kids 1K Participants Receive: Participant Bib (Untimed), Cotton T-Shirt
Please Note: All 5K Bibs have an RFID tag located on the back of the bib for tracking on the course. Please leave this tracking in place centered on the front of your shirt to accurately time/track your participation.
 
CHARITABLE BENEFICIARY - MEMORIAL ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES
Charitable Beneficiary - Memorial Assistance Ministries
A portion of all registration / sponsorship net proceeds will directly benefit the Memorial Assistance Ministries. 
As the largest provider of social services in west Houston, MAM’s 30+ year history in the local community is well known as the place to go when help is needed. The very basis of their existence is rooted in the value that neighbors help neighbors! MAM’s primary goal is to help families facing financial crisis avoid homelessness, offer programs enabling long-term financial stability, and assure children an improved school experience. Our neighbors know they can come to MAM for support in their time of need. MAM helped over 28,000 people in 2017. Recently, many of the families in our service area and community have been directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. MAM has been working in high gear to provide rent, utility, and temporary housing to families in need. With your help we will continue to improve the lives of families in need. Together, we are a caring community!
 
PACKET PICK-UP
Packet pickup dates/times are listed below with our official packet pickup partner, Sun & Ski. The perfect place to shop for your running gear!
Location: Sun & Ski - 326 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024 (entrance from the parking lot between Sears and Cinemark Theatre)
Dates & Times: TBD
While there will be event day packet pickup, there will not be any gear check available on site. We strongly encourage participants to plan an early arrival to find parking and wait in any potential lines there may be to receive your packet. Packet Pick-Up on event day will conclude promptly at event start (9 am).
 
EVENT DAY DETAILS
Event Day Registration
Event day registration will be available at the registration tent near the start line area. Registering on the day of the event will guarantee you an entry until sold out!
Parking 
The Addicks Park and Ride has a plentiful amount of accessible parking (handicap parking included) via two accessible entry/exit points on event day. See 'Parking Map' in above section on this page for visual details.
Gear Check
There will be no event day gear check.  Please securely store your belongings in your vehicle or leave at home.
Start / Finish Line - Presented by Joy Knox - State Farm Agency
Follow the 'Course Map' in the section above on this page to the start/finish line area, proudly presented by Joy Knox- State Farm Agency. 5K starts and ends under an inflatable start and finish line identified on the map.
Mile Markers
Mile markers will be at each mile.
Water Stations - Presented by the Energy Corridor District
Water stations proudly presented by our sponsor, the Energy Corridor District, will be available at the start line and mid-way thru the run/walk. 
Medical Assistance
Special Thanks to our friends at Orion EMS and their sister company Vitality IV for being our 'Official Medical Partner' of the 'Kolache Factory Challenge 5K'! If anyone needs medical attention during the event, Orion will have an EMS service provided right behind the hospitality tent. If you're on the course and need see a fellow runner in need, contact them directly at (713) 864-7900.
Post-Run Refreshments
After you have completed your 5K, the fun continues! Swing by our post-race hospitality area near the start/finish line for refreshments, including complimentary kolaches for ALL participants! Also on site will be Katz Coffee and one (1) free beer per 21+ age participants. 
 
Race Photos
Spring Action Photos will be on hand to provide high quality photos of your participation in the event.  Your photos will be posted soon after the event and you can search for your photos by your last name or your bib number at www.springactionphotos.com.  Watch for discounts that will be offered.
Tips for better race photos:
·   Wear your bib on the front of your shirt.
·   Pin all 4 corners of your bib.
·   Pull your cap/hat away from your face.
·   If running with a friend/family, run shoulder to shoulder while your photos are shot.
·   Smile
 
Participant Awards
This will be a 'friendly' competition across multiple categories, including:
Fastest Overall Kolache Challenge Male & Female: Wins $100 Kolache Factory Gift Card
Fastest Overall Casual 5K Male & Female: Wins $100 Kolache Factory Gift Card
Age-Group Winners Male and Female (Challenge & Casual): 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
In addition, one randomly selected participant bib number will win a $50 Kolache Factory Gift Card at the event!
Disclaimer Regarding Awards:
If, upon verification, the Race Directors find discrepancies, the winning individuals will not be eligible for an award.  All awards will be distributed to the winners following the conclusion of the event.
 
Course Etiquette
Please keep "Rules of the Road" in mind when running. If walking during the event, stay to the right of the street at all times and pass on the left when possible. Please be courteous of other participants. For competitive participants, please remember this is a 'friendly' competition. Safety first!
Due to insurance restrictions, animals, skates or other vehicular apparatus are not allowed by participants on the race course.
Headphones are not recommended during the race, but not prohibited. Please stay aware and in-tune with your surroundings.
If participating in the 'Challenge 5K' event, remember to take the time to eat safely even if you want to win the competition!  We want everyone to have a great, safe event.
 
Refund Policy
All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund. If you cannot participate, you may not give or sell your number to anyone else and entry fees will not be transferred from year to year.
Volunteers - Presented by Hilton Garden Inn Energy Corridor
Volunteers are a key part of any successful run event.  If you’re looking to earn required service hours or support your community at our event, we’d love to have your support!  We would like to thank the Hilton Garden Inn Energy Corridor for their official sponsorship of the volunteers at our inaugural event.
 
CLICK HERE to view the opportunities .
 
If you have any other questions, please email us at info@houstoncorporate5k.com or call 832.974.1690
THANK YOU TO ALL 476 PARTICIPANTS AT OUR 2018 INAUGURAL EVENT!!!

RESULTS:

Congratulations to all of our Age Bracket Winners and our Challenge / Casual 5K Overall Winners, listed below:

Kolache Challenge 5K: Male - James Williamson: 23:48.9, Female - Seraphina Van: 29:36.1
Casual 5K: Male - Chris Gussman: 19:29.2, Female - Christina Wallace: 21:12.5

You can view your results by clicking here. If you do not find your time within the document and would like it to be shown, please email us at info@houstoncorporate5k.com so we can check the system.

POST-RACE PHOTOS:

Your event photos will be posted after the event, within a few short days on Spring Action Photos website and can be found by CLICKING HERE. Be on the lookout for discounts that will be offered.

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About Kolache Factory, our Title Sponsor
Kolache Factory was founded in 1982 in Houston, Texas by co-founders John and Jerri Banks, who identified a need for a fresh, high quality breakfast that could be eaten “on the run.”

After the concept was created and launched, one of the primary goals of the founders was to explain to consumers what kolaches were, since few people had ever heard of them in 1982. Although kolaches originated in Eastern Europe centuries ago, many consumers in Houston had not had the opportunity to taste them before.

When the Banks’ first dreamed of the Kolache Factory, they envisioned a place with food that’s not only delicious and more nutritious, but served in an environment that brings back the charm and the warmth of the old world.

The Banks’ utilized a variety of methods to encourage consumers to try the high quality, fresh kolaches, and soon they were in high demand for business meetings, family breakfasts, on-the-go lunches, and afternoon snacks. Today, Kolache Factory is expanding nationwide and has received national attention for its concept and product. Kolache Factory has been recognized across the country as one of the Top 5 Drive-thru’s in America by the Food Network, one of the fastest growing companies in Houston, and was recently named one of the top 50 food service bakeries in the United States by Modern Baking magazine. In addition, Franchise Times magazine listed Kolache Factory as one of the top 20 bakery-cafés to watch.
Contact Us
If you have any questions about registration or becoming a sponsor for this event, please email us at info@houstoncorporate5k.com.
Or, feel free to give us a call at: 832.974.1690. We will reply to any inquiries within 24 hours.
Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
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