The Midlothian ISD elementary Rowdy Runners will host their annual 5K walk/run at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 29 beginning at Kimmel Park, 801 W. Ave. F and N. 2nd St. in Midlothian. Check in starts at 7 a.m.

The Rowdy Runners is a running club that started as a MISD Education Foundation innovative teaching grant recipient in 2010. The grant provided funds to build a concrete path at J.R. Irvin Elementary and created the Rowdy Runners club.

Coach Ryan Timm was one of the authors for the grant and heads up the Rowdy Runners program.

“The parents and the kids love it. I see parents out here every week with their children. It’s great for them to spend time with their kids and live a healthier lifestyle,” Timm said.

The club started with 40 elementary students at J.R. Irvin Elementary. The second phase was for the running club to go district-wide, which grew the club to 400 members, now 500 in it’s third year.

“All of the elementary teachers have been on board with the program and are helping us make this a great success,” Timm said.

The final phase was to go community-wide and the J.R. Irvin coaches are making that happen through the 5K.

“We hope to use the kids as a catalyst to get the community to live a healthy lifestyle, and it really fit with the goal of Rowdy Runners,” Timm said.

The end goal for members of the running club is to participate in and complete a 5K.

The 5K will start at Kimmel Park, where Timm said supporters who are not participating can cheer on the children and adults. Runners and walkers will circle the park, head east to 8th Street, cross over the bridge, make a U-turn and follow the same route back to the park.

For more information about the event, contact MISD at 972-775-8296.