2017 Steps for Students 5K race registration underway

September 27, 2016

HOUSTON — Lace up those running shoes because registration for the 2017 Steps for Students 5K Run officially opened Sept. 23.  

Chaired by Diana Dávila Martínez and Román Martínez, the USA Track & Field sanctioned race gathers many school and parish communities together to support Catholic education in the Archdiocese.

Now in it’s 12th year, school spirit thrives at Steps for Students as communities come together and realize their place in the bigger picture of Catholic schools, demonstrating the value of Catholic education, according to Diana Dávila Martínez and Román Martínez.

The event, set for Feb. 18, 2017, begins with a sunrise Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, with runners welcome to attend in their race gear. But running isn’t the only way to support Steps for Students: donors can sign up to benefit Catholic education and sponsors can underwrite funds that help support tuition assistance.

Monies raised by all runners/walkers can be designated to benefit school teams of their choice, or racers can walk independently for the Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program. Pledges and fees can be designated to benefit the school of their choice. 

“The enthusiasm that marks this Steps for Students is truly amazing,” said Daniel Cardinal DiNardo. “As the event has grown, so has this enthusiasm.” More than 12,000 participated in last year’s race, raising more than $1 million for Catholic education.

Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Julie Vogel agreed. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing (everyone)... run for a great cause: our Catholic schools,” she said. “I encourage everyone to run, to walk, to cheer each other on — to do whatever you need to do to make Steps for Students a huge success.”

The David A. Guite Spirit Award will once again be given to the most spirited school that has more than 75 percent participation, demonstrates exceptional creativity in their Steps efforts and serves as an example of Steps spirit. In 2016, Assumption Catholic School and Sacred Heart Catholic School of Conroe received the award.

In 2017, runners will make their way through downtown Houston and neighborhoods near BBVA Compass Stadium followed by a block party in the Catholic School Village.

“The young people are in solidarity — they know that this is important,” said Cardinal DiNardo. “They are raising funds so that others can share in the glory and joy of Catholic education, a merciful gesture itself.” 

Registration is $15 through Jan. 31, 2017 and increases $25 after. For more information, including registration, sponsorship information and more, visit www.steps4students.org.