Special to the Bulletin

Vince Ornelas initiated the 5K Run as part of the Brownwood Reunion Celebration, and Sue Byrd has directed the Run for the past three years. She is again focused on planning a great race and encouraging all to enter the race.

“You can run as an individual in different age groupings; compete as part of a team; or join the 1.5 mile walk,” Byrd said.

Prizes, trophies and medals will be awarded to the top three contestants in each age category. Local businesses, church groups, families and neighbors are encouraged to form teams of three to five persons per team.

A team’s race score is an average of the top three finishing times per team. This year’s team to beat will be the Kohler Company, who has taken top honors at the race in years past.

For Byrd, the 5K Run has always been close to her heart and family as all of the Byrd family members — mom, dad and children — all are avid runners.

“We want as many people as possible to participate. It is a great way to stay healthy and fit plus offering the chance to see our city from a different perspective,” Byrd said.

The race begins and ends at the new Lehnis Train Museum. The route will highlight the historic downtown area, Howard Payne University, the old Coca-Cola Building, the Lyric Theatre, Brown County Courthouse, the Guinness Book of World Record’s smallest block in the world and more.

No one can coordinate a race as complex as the 5K Run without the generous support of sponsors including the Brownwood Bulletin and Landmark Life and the help of dedicated volunteers.

“I couldn’t begin to name all of the volunteers, but I am so grateful for each of them and especially Jill Underwood. She has played a significant role helping the event grow into something we are all very proud of to have as part of the Reunion,” Byrd said.

Entry forms and details for this year’s race can be found online at www.

BrownwoodTx.com, at the Brownwood Bulletin office, located at 700 Carnegie or by e-mailing Byrd at www.byrd@bwoodtx.com.