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Irving Marathon Offers Free Cinco de Mayo Fun Run at Toyota Music Factory

Dr. Jeff Livingston
Used with permission from The Irving Marathon

The Irving Marathon Running Series is ready to help you get your feet moving. Irving's leading running event team has prepared another exciting family event at the Toyota Music Factory in Las Colinas. This top-of-the-line, hassle-free event at a world-class venue is a perfect way to spend time with family and stay on top of your running game.

Everyone is ready to get out of the house after the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted our lives. The Irving Marathon social runs are a perfect way to get out and get fit.

On Wednesday, May 5, the Irving Marathon will host its first 2021 social run. The Social Run event is a course preview for the Fiesta De Mayo half marathon schedule on May 22.
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The running event starts at the Toyota Music Factory on May 5 at 6:30 PM, but participants can enjoy the Cinco De Mayo celebration before and after the Social Run from 1–10 PM. Toyota Music Factory will be in full Fiesta mode. The Texas Lottery® Plaza will be filled with live music from Mariachi Corona and Fusion Latina.

People can shop at the Latin Market or join the taco eating contest sponsored by one of the 17 local restaurants. Pacheco Taco Bar will host Ballet Folklorico Mayahuel and Tenderemos Mariachi.

The Social Run is a free, family-friendly event. All registered participants, 21 years and older, will receive tickets for two free beers and one raffle ticket at check-in. Parking at the Toyota Music Factory is free.

The Cinco de Mayo Celebration Social Run is a safe and fun way to support the Irving Community. This outdoor event gives the local community a chance to burn off stress, listen to music, and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

The Social Run 5 K course offers a preview for the Fiesta de Mayo half marathon. Runners will meet at the Toyota Music Factory to check-in. Participants will run in groups of 30 or less. Runners will cross Las Colinas Boulevard at Fuller Drive and then walk to the start/finish on W. Brune Way. People may run with a group on their own along the beautiful Lake Carolyn promenade.

Runners may enjoy the scenic views of the lake before crossing the bridge to explore the Las Colinas canals. While exploring the beautiful downtown Las Colinas and Lake Carolyn Promenade, runners can follow the suggested course route below and on Mapmyrun on their mobile device.
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The Irving Marathon works closely with the City of Irving to create safe and run events for the community and promote local businesses. The company continues to work with the City of Irving and local public health leaders to develop a 2021 series of live, in-person events while honoring the updated recommended safety precautions.

Owner Lazaro Alvarez stated, "The Irving Marathon's primary mission is to promote a healthy lifestyle. The Covid-19 pandemic created tremendous challenges. Our devoted fans loved our 2020 series of virtual events, but we are thrilled to offer safe, live events in 2021."

The event organizers designed an extensive Covid-19 safety plan. The festival area has been expanded to accommodate social distancing requirements. Runners will compete in staggered starts to reduce the risk of incidental exposure.

When it comes to spending time with others during the pandemic, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends being outside in well-ventilated spaces as a safer choice. Covid-19 is a respiratory virus that spreads more easily indoors than outdoors. Updated CDC guidelines indicate fully vaccinated individuals may attend outdoor events with very little risk. The news guidelines stated fully vaccinated people may, "gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues."

The Irving Marathon is committed to fighting against childhood obesity. The Irving Marathon fights childhood obesity by working with local school districts and the Baylor Scott & White Irving Health Foundation. Irving, Grand Prairie, and Coppell ISD encourage students to be active and incorporate healthy habits throughout the school year. Students receive incentives to reward their accomplishments. So far, 11,000 local kids participated in the Irun Program through the generated donations.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also supports outdoor exercise as an essential tool to stay fit during the pandemic. They remind everyone to practice physical distancing and hand hygiene. Participants should wash their hands with soap and water before and after running. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used after arriving at the event. The CDC and WHO recommend anyone who is feeling sick or may have been exposed to Covid-19 should stay home and isolate themselves from others.

To join in the fun, people can register for the Irving Marathon Social Run here.

To learn more about the upcoming Irving Marathon events check out this video.

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