Slow and steady wins the race

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The 14th Annual Turtle Race and 3rd Annual Fun Run sponsored by the Alvin ISD Education Foundation featured 8,976 turtles swimming down Mustang Bayou and 489 runners in the 5K and 1K races.

“It was a gorgeous day and hundreds of people showed up to watch the turtles race and cheer on the runners,” said Alvin ISD Education Foundation Board member and Turtle Race chairperson Mary Jane Crumm.

The winning turtle was adopted by Nick Droege of Alvin and he won a $1,500 travel voucher provided by Stantec. Genesis Funes won the second prize of a $1,000 shopping spree provided by David and Tracy Vela, and Evangelina Castillo won the third place IPad provided by Ron Carter.

Other winners were fourth place won by Kelly Cunningham who received the MSR Driving Experience and a Casa Ole gift card; Logan Leslie who won fifth place and a two night stay at Hilton Garden Inn Pearland and a $50 Gringos Gift Card and a $25 American Express Gift Card; Robert Ruiz in sixth place with eight passes to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Children’s Museum of Houston and a $100 Whataburger Gift Card; Madison Taylor who won seventh place and two Moody Garden passes and a $100 Whataburger Gift Card; Barbara LeBlanc in eighth place with Froberg’s Pie of the Month and a $25 Red Lobster Gift Card; Maria Briseno in ninth place with two Houston Symphony passes and a $75 Mango’s Latin Grill Gift Card; and Jyllian Dalton in tenth place with a $30 Einsteins Bagels $30 Gift Certificate and a $50 Mango’s Latin Grill Gift Card.

The last place turtle is appropriately called the Biggest Loser, and that spot went to Randy Hymes who received a $100 Whataburger Gift Card.

Winners of the Turtle Race Family 5K and1K Fun Run were Noah Bryant in first place, Garret Olivas in second place and Nick Fontenot in third place in the Kids 1K; Tanner Marek in first place, Emily McCoy in second place and Duke Butler in third place in the Kids 5K; and Konner Nabous in first place, Gregory Murano in second place and Ricky Walker in third place in the Adult 5K.

“None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors and all the volunteers who worked to make the event successful,” said Crumm.

For more information about the Alvin ISD Education Foundation, visit and click on Foundation.

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