Men and women running down Rice Boulevard in green dresses and purses in hand, what's up with that?
If you happened to be driving along Rice Boulevard this past Saturday you would have had to stop for hundreds of runners, both men and women, donning their green dresses, purses, tutus, and fairy wings.
The two mile run began at two o'clock with runners stopping at local pubs along the way, including Valhalla and Little Woodrow's, before finally crossing the finish line at Brian O'Neill's Irish Pub.
The green dresses and accessories were mandatory.
Those who did not wear a green dress were subject to a penalty of donating an additional one thousand dollars in donations to the charity. Beer, music, food, raffle ticket giveaways and best dressed awards were available for everyone who participated. Participants nominated kings and queens of the court and after the run they were brought up one by one on stage for the crowd to choose who the best-dressed title went to.
The men and women who took part in the event helped support Girls on the Run Greater Houston, a learning program for girls ages eight through fourteen. According to donor and BON Running Club founder David Lee, this program combines self-esteem lessons and workout plans to help girls complete a five-mile run while encouraging them to develop positive qualities to reduce future at-risk behaviors.
Lee started the BON Running Club three years ago and he says with popularity, the club grew to three thousand members, so he decided to use the membership for charity work. The free running club meets every Tuesday at Brian O'Neill's Irish Pub and holds charity runs three times a year.
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Lee said he chose the Girls on the Run Greater Houston organization because he wanted to find a small organization where he could make a really big impact. Lee stated that he was happy to raise money for the charity and that all the proceeds will go to them.
Avid runners Paula Whitten and Oliver Doolin said they were excited to see everyone out, dressed up guilt-free, and running for a good cause.
Although runners had to be over 21 to participate in Saturday';s event, anyone can support Girls on the Run by visiting the organization's website. Check out the video of the event below.