Susan Shuttleworth – Guest Contributor
Aug 15 @ 9:13 am
Crape Myrtle Run & Festival



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McKinney Boyd High School
600 North Lake Forest Drive
McKinney, Texas 75071

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Don't miss this highly anticipated 13th Annual Crape Myrtle Run 10K, 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run and Free Family Festival featuring very fast USATF-certified courses. Take advantage of this fun family event with healthy options to burn off a few calories before heading to downtown McKinney to enjoy the remainder of McKinney Oktoberfest weekend. 

The free festival area of this annual event includes activities in “Myrtle Village” before, during, and after the races. Entertainment and activities include a petting zoo, face painting, photo booth, bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, music, warm-up exercises - and a great favorite, the Chicken Dance. In a long-established tradition, students from any school with the largest registered run participation will get to see their coach or principal Kiss a Pig. (“Myrtle” is the pig’s name.)

It's a great family-fun event, but it's for the serious runners too. This year’s run course is terrific and is USATF-certified and timed. A new timing company was hired this year – Matt Compton with Compton Time and Measure. And there will be trophies, medals, and prizes galore. We’re giving prizes away for the best-dressed runners, best pig costume, and best media post, best dog costume, best face paint, and best photo booth image.

Take advantage of the early-bird discount rate before September 24, 2018 at Get Me Registered.  The last day for runner’s packet pickup at Run-On in McKinney off Eldorado and Lake Forest is Thursday, September 27, 2018. After Thursday, September 27, all registrations and packet pickup will be onsite on race day at 7:00 a.m.  For onsite registrations on Saturday morning, runners can “skip the line” by using their mobile device for registration. There will be large QR codes within the registration area for runners as a way to speed race day registrations.

Medals and trophies will be awarded in multiple age divisions. In addition, area schools reap benefits when Crape Myrtle Trails Board members return a portion of the profits from this race, based on runners’ registrations, to any schools with registered runners. Since its incorporation date in 1998, The Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney Foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to area schools. 

Dozens of community businesses and organizations are sponsors for the event, including the McKinney Community Development Corporation. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Shuttleworth, Crape Myrtle Trail Board at

About Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney:  The Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney Foundation is an all-volunteer, self-funding, 501(c)3 nonprofit (75-2788771) with 100% of our profit going back into the community.  Our mission is to be an integral part in elevating the beauty and appeal of our city to the highest level by showcasing the premier flowering tree of the South throughout our community and promoting McKinney Texas as “America’s Crape Myrtle City”. Proceeds from this annual race, our only fund-raising event, are used for our annual Mother’s Day Project where Crape Myrtle trees are given to every fifth-grader within MISD, our design of McKinney’s Crape Myrtle Trails in 1998, and design of McKinney’s hidden gem - the World Collection Park opened June 2011.  McKinney’s World Collection Park is a beautiful, 7-acre park with all varieties of Crape Myrtles. Attracting visitors worldwide due to the uniqueness of this park, no other such collection exists in the world.