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‘Viva McAllen Streets’ events for Saturday

The “Viva McAllen Streets presented by H-E- B & IBC Bank” day of family activities
will kick off at 7 am this Saturday at the McAllen Convention Center. With “Support the
Blue” as the theme, this year’s McAllen Crime Stoppers event will include some new
elements geared to provide something for everyone.
Police Chief Victor Rodriguez and members of the McAllen Crime Stoppers Board
announced this year’s list of events to include a 5K/10K Run or cycle for 25, 40 or 60
miles in “Darling's Dare Cycling Ride” with McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and a BBQ Cook-
off with prizes up to $10,000 for best cooks in different categories.
Chief Rodriguez said the event would focus on “the magic of family,” echoing the
city’s theme for the upcoming Christmas Parade. In addition to the 5K, 10K and bike
rides, the event will feature a bike rodeo for children and a school supply giveaway for
approximately 6,000 students. H-E- B donated half of the 12 pallets of supplies to be
given away on Saturday.
“We want to send kids back to school with confidence,” Audrey Trevino Guerra, H-E-
B Public Affairs Coordinator said of the company’s school supply giveaway. Parents must
register their children for the Kids Run to receive their ticket to obtain the
complimentary school supplies.
This year’s theme will celebrate the law enforcement community by inviting federal,
state and local law enforcement officers and their families and friends to participate in
the festivities and events.
The 5K/10K Run For Justice Family Run and Walk race starts at the Oval Park at the
McAllen Convention Center at 7:30 am on Saturday. The 5K and 10k runs will head south
at Convention Center Blvd. to Ithaca Ave., then to 29th Street, then head north to
McAuliffe Park and finally head back south to the finish line at the McAllen Convention
Center. The Kids Run around the Oval Park will start at 9 am. The Kids Bike Rodeo will
also start at 9 am.
The “Back to School Supplies” Fair will start after the Kids Run and will be held on
the west side of the McAllen Convention Center.
Runners and cyclists interested in signing up for the 5K/10K Run for Justice Family
Run & Walk and “Darling’s Dare Cycling Ride” – 25, 40 and 60 mile cycling ride, can pick
up packets at the McAllen Convention Center on Friday, Aug. 4, from 4-8 pm. Cowboy
Q’ing Cook Off teams can start set-up at the McAllen Convention Center starting at 12
noon on Friday.
“Darling’s Dare Cycling Ride” – 25, 40 and 60 mile ride starts at the west side of the
Oval Park at the McAllen Convention Center, and the ride heads south of the convention
center to frontage road south on Ware Road to Military Highway and west towards La
Joya.
The McAllen Crime Stoppers has hosted “Viva McAllen Streets” for the past five
years in efforts to promote health and fitness for the all Rio Grande Valley residents.
Along with their community partners, the City of McAllen, McAllen Police Department,
H-E- B, IBC Bank and others, the McAllen Crime Stoppers has been able to ensure the
community has an opportunity to join in the fun-filled, health and fitness, one-day

community event. One of the goals for the Run, Ride & Share Campaign is to educate
the community about safe streets for runners, cyclists and motorists.
Participants and parents are encouraged to register for the events ahead of time at
www.vivamcallenstreets.com.

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