10,000 runners start the day with Cardinal DiNardo and the ringing bells of the Co-Cathedral.

January 30, 2013

10,000 runners start the day with Cardinal DiNardo and the ringing bells of the Co-Cathedral
BY: Catherine Rogan, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Media Relations Specialist 

A blessing from Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and the beautiful peeling bells of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will send off thousands of runners and participants of all ages as they take part in the eighth annual Steps for Students 5K Run/Walk and the David K. Guite Memorial 1K Family Fun Run. The event benefits the network of 59 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The Run/Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston, on Saturday, February 2.

Students, faculty, and families from all Catholic schools and many parishes, as well as area businesses and sponsors will participate in Steps for Students raising awareness of the value of Catholic education, assisting schools with raising funds directly, and supporting the Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program through underwriting sponsorships.

“It is an immense joy each year to see the whole school community come together along with our many friends and supporters for Steps for Students,” said Sister Kevina Keating, CCVI, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese.

The 5K event is being sponsored by Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta. The David K. Guite Memorial 1K is sponsored by St. Joseph Medical Center. “We would also like to extend a very special thanks to our Co-chairs, Diana Dávila Martínez and Román Martínez, and to our many faithful helpers and volunteers. We could not do it without them and their immense commitment,” continued Sister Keating.

This USA Track and Field sanctioned event is open to the public. Race Day On-site Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $20. For more information, visit www.steps4students.org.

About the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Catholic Schools:
• The Archdiocese has the largest private school system in Texas.
• There are currently 59 schools in through the counties of the Archdiocese.
• Approximately 18,000 students are enrolled.
• The schools serve students PreK-3 through 12th grade.
• All schools offer need-based tuition assistance for students.

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston serves 1.2 million Catholics in 10 counties. It is the largest Roman Catholic diocese in Texas and the 12th largest in the United States.

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