Fort Bend KIA 30K

  Sugar Land, TX
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  • 30K / 18.6M — Road Run


About This Event
Part of the HARRA Fall Race Series and Chevron Houston Marathon Warm-up Series...30th Annual Fort Bend KIA 30K RUN on Sunday Morning, Dec 10. An epic race! Practice/maintain your desired race pace for Chevron Houston Marathon, which is five weeks later. Average low in early December in Sugar Land is 47 degrees, with an average high of only 67. Certified, triple-loop beautiful, upscale Sweetwater neighborhood course, with clearly-marked kilometer and mile markers. Timed splits for first and second 15k afterwards. Enjoy a free beer afterwards from Jupiter on the plaza, across from the finish line. Flat, fast PR-level course. Fort Bend KIA 30K RUN benefits 15 great race causes. Water stations with Gatorade (with LOTS of loud volunteers) every two miles, with 3 portacans nearby. SLFD EMT personnel and HARRA AED volunteers on bikes provide plenty of medical protection. Bib-tag timing on bib with a 4:10 Time Limit, a 13:25 pace. Must be 14 years old or older to participate. Youths ages 14-19 are half-price! Almost 200 enthusiastic volunteers make our race great! Finisher's medal and long-sleeve tech shirt with to each finisher. Complimentary beer afterwards from nearby JUPITER. Sorry, NO RACEDAY packet pickup, unless $12 fee, which is donation to Snowdrop, has been paid. Sorry, NO REFUNDS, NO DEFERRALS, AND NO TRANSFERS to another runner, for any reason. Dangerous weather could force cancellation of this event, without refunds or re-scheduling. Headphones are strongly NOT recommended for SAFETY reasons due to single lane of runners with adjacent lane of car traffic on a triple-loop course, with faster runners lapping from behind on the outside. Results at same day and on large scrolling screen at finish. FIELD LIMIT is 1,100 for runners' safety. Thanks.

Fort Bend KIA 30K RUN is a three-loop course along Palm Royale Blvd in Sweetwater. Fastest runners in the race run 5:20 pace or below. Lapping from behind will occur on all runners at 7:20 pace and above, which is the VAST majority. Please stay towards the inside median, no more than two runners side-by-side. Headphones are strongly NOT recommended due to this situation. "Blocking" is a possible DQ. Thank you for your consideration.

2017 Sponsors
TITLE Sponsor-Fort Bend KIA, 26633 Southwest Freeway in Rosenberg, phone 281-239-1000. Gold: Dew Point Control. Presenting: Finish Line Sports. Contributing Sponsors: Simon Spine-Sugar Creek, Dr. Vargas-Podiatrist, Texas Roadhouse-Rosenberg, and JUPITER on the plaza. Thanks! Please call us at 281-242-7700 to become a race sponsor.

Marathon Warm-up Series Finisher medal
Those completing all three of the 2017 Marathon Warm-up Series races (Houston Half, 25K, and Fort Bend KIA 30K Run) will receive a commemorative medal at the Houston Masters TENT at finish, after finishing Fort Bend KIA 30K Run.

Running Team Tents
Email to reserve a free 10' by 10' space for your team tent at the Fort Bend KIA 30K Run. We have a GREAT area literally right next to the finish line on the plaza. We ask that all tents are fully set up by 5:30am race morning. Race starts at 6:30am right around the corner on Town Center Blvd South in front for City Hall. Check in with Keith Fickel. Thanks!

Fort Bend KIA 30K RUN Entry Fees
Early $75 through May 31. $80 June 1-Aug 30. $85 Sept 1-Oct 31. $90 Nov 1-Dec 9. $120 Race Morning at 5:45am at 2277 Plaza Drive (race finish) in Sugar Land Town Square. $12 option for Race Morning pickup. Field Limit is 1,000 runners for safety. DISCOUNTS of $10 OFF for current HARRA members and $10 OFF for ages 60+. Youths ages 14-19 and Full-Time College Students are HALF-PRICE!!! Fort Bend KIA 30K RUN benefits FIFTEEN great race causes. Sorry, NO refunds, NO deferrals, and NO transfers to another runner. Note: Dangerous weather COULD force cancellation of this event, without refund or re-scheduling.
Packet mailing option for $12. Until Wed Nov 15 at 6pm. Save time and money.
You can opt to have your race packet mailed for $12 until Wed Nov. 15 at 6pm. Thanks!

Elite Distance Runners Field
Contact me, by December 1st DEADLINE, at if you are an Elite distance runner capable of finishing among the top overalls at Fort Bend KIA 30K RUN: Males who currently run 1:51 for 18.6 miles (6:00 pace) or better, and females who currently run 2:10 for 18.6 miles (7:00 pace) or better, earn a comp entry. We want a fast field. Top 3 earn prize money. Limited to the first 20 Elites.
Fort Bend KIA 30K Event Records. Fast! New record earns a $600 BONUS check.
Fort Bend KIA 30K RUN event records are fast! Men: Marty Froelick, 1:34:04, (5:02 pace), from 1985. Women: Rachel Booth, 1:50:43, (5:57 pace), from 2011. A new record earns a $600 BONUS check from Finish Line Sports at the awards ceremony. $400 check for Overall Win, plus $600 check for a new record, so $1,000 potential payday. Good luck!

Field Limit is 1,100 runners.
FIELD LIMIT for Fort Bend KIA 30K Run is 1,100 runners for everyone's safety and enjoyment. Thanks for the support!

Host Hotel...Marriott-SL Town Square
Host Hotel is Marriott-Sugar Land Town Square, Fort Bend's only FOUR-STAR hotel, one block from the start/finish. Call 281-275-8400 and ask for Fort Bend KIA 30K RUN block for only $121, for a limited time. Great place to stay! Call early, always fills.

Long-sleeve tech shirts to finishers race day
Long-sleeve unisex tech shirts will be presented to all finishers at Fort Bend KIA 30K RUN upon completion race morning. Thanks.

Time Limit...4:10
TIME LIMIT of 4:10 for Fort Bend KIA 30K Run. This is a pace of 13:25 per mile. Please run on the sidewalks on Sweetwater and Lexington IF over 13:25 pace past Palm Royale Blvd loops. Police will enforce. Thanks.

NOTE: ALL runners MUST be registered...visible 30K number on front
Legally, ALL runners MUST be officially registered with a VISIBLE Fort Bend KIA 30K Run race number on front. Finish Line Sports has a City Parade Permit for the designated First Colony streets in runners lane for race morning, from 6:30am until 10:45am and any "bandits" will face a stiff fine. Anyone NOT registered who runs on the course during the race may face a "theft of services" charge and a fine of $500. Please point out any bandits to one of our 40+ uniformed SLPD officers on the course. (This is a rare problem, but an afront to our race causes AND other paying runners.) Sorry, Pacing another without a number is NOT permitted. No transfer of numbers. Thank you for officially registering and for supporting the 30K.

Medical coverage...EMT's and HARRA volunteers
EMT personnel are working the race on the course and at the finish line to insure your medical safety. (Sag trucks and cars are also available on the course.) On bikes, eleven members of the HARRA CPR/AED team monitor the runners on the course. We are grateful to each for their dedication. Protecting 1,400 runners is a lot of responsibility.

Finishers Medals
Fort Bend KIA 30K Run Finisher's Snowflake Medals to all finishers in the race. Distributed by students at the finish line on Plaza Drive upon completion. Congrats!!

Spectators, come on out!
Great for spectating!!! The best place for cheering is 1. the Palm Royale Blvd triple-loop near Dupont (FBF water station) and 2. at the finish line on Plaza Drive. City Walk Drive at Plaza Drive near Marriott is a great view of the finishing kicks. First finishers just after 8am. Starbuck's is in front corner of Marriott. Parking in the three Town Square parking garages is always FREE.

Volunteer Check-in table is next to the finish at 2277 Plaza Drive in Sugar Land Town Square, near Hwy 59/Hwy 6 intersection. Sign in and get a t-shirt. Report at 5:30am for assignment. We have almost 200 volunteers making this race a success. Finish Line Sports, Fort Bend Fit, HARRA, Boy Scouts, Kempner Cross Country, Kempner ProGrad, Cenikor, Bel Inizio, Snowdrop Foundation, and Fort Bend Rainbow Room help make this race great. Email to be placed on our volunteer list. Park at Sugar Land Town Square parking garages. Three are available, free of charge. Thanks! A race cannot happen without great volunteers. Experienced runners are especially helpful.

FREE Nearby Parking-5:45am at three Sugar Land Town Square garages
Please park no later than 5:45am at Sugar Land Town Square's three parking garages, 59 South at Hwy 6 exit. Turn right on City Walk or Town Center South. Race starts ON TIME at 6:30am SHARP, on Town Center South, in front of City Hall. Line up by 6:20am on Town Center Blvd. Thousands of very close-by parking spaces...FREE.

AWARDS Ceremony 9:30am at Fort Bend KIA tent..$1,500 prize purse to top 3 Overalls M+F; $150 FLS gift certificate to Overall Masters
At Fort Bend KIA tent...AWARDS Ceremony/Prize Drawings 9:30am sharp...$400 1st Overall M+F, $225 2nd Overall M+F, $125 3rd Overall M+F, and plaque. $150 Finish Line Sports gift certificate to First Overall Masters (40+) M+F and plaque. NO duplication of awards at FLS races. (New event record M or F earns a $600 BONUS check, in addition to first-place check.) 30K Plaques to 1st-3rd in five-year age groups from 19-and-under, 75+, M+F. MUST be 14 or older to enter. GREAT Prize drawings also (MUST be present to win) including FLS gift certificates, dinners, comp races, and Asics running shoes. Scoring will be done by tag-time, not gun-time, except Overalls. No duplication of awards. Results are at

GREAT Race Party...Fun
8:30am-10:30am Austin folk band "JUSTIF" performs near the finish. Finishers long-sleeve unisex tech shirts and 30K finishers medals upon finish. Plenty of refreshments...HOT Shipley's Glazed Donuts at 8:00am, Papa John's Pizza at 8:30am, bananas, Famous Amos cookies, Hershey's Chocolate bars, Coke/Diet Coke, Gatorade, and water. KIND bars. At 8:45am, Texas Roadhouse-Rosenberg serves hot pulled-pork sandwiches. At 9:00am, a free beer from JUPITER, across the plaza. Free massages before and after the race from Wes Speights and friends. Stretching from Simon Spine booth. Great prize drawings, 10-12, at 9:30am (MUST be present to win) includes: Finish Line Sports gift certificates, comp race entries, Texas Roadhouse-Rosenberg dinners, and a free pair of ASICS running shoes!

B-Tag Timing on number bib
B-tag timing. White strip on back of bib will score results. DO NOT cover or fold your number. Visible. Wear chest-high on front. Remember, THREE Loops on 30K course. Results at Race Day at Noon.

Packet Pickup/Late Registration Dec. 7-9. 1 day in Rosenberg, 2 days in Sugar Land.
THREE FULL days of Packet Pickup/Late Registration. Cash or check only at Late Registration. Thursday Dec 7 from 11:30am-6pm ONLY at Fort Bend KIA in Rosenberg at 26633 Southwest Freeway, phone 281-239-1000. Friday Dec 8 from 10am-6pm, AND Saturday Dec 9 from 9am-5pm at Finish Line Sports, 13895 SW Freeway at Sugar Creek Blvd, in Sugar Land, Sugar Creek Center. Phone 281-242-7700. NO RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP, unless $12 option of donation to Snowdrop has been paid. Race Morning Registration is $120, at 5:45am near race finish, 2277 Plaza Drive in Town Square, IF NOT FULL.

Fifteen great Fort Bend KIA 30K race causes
Cenikor Foundation, Alzheimer's Assn, Team RWB-Houston, Kempner XC, Kempner ProGrad, Jayna Murray Foundation, Fort Bend Rainbow Room, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Snowdrop Foundation, National Park Foundation, Houston-Athens Marathon Exchange, HARRA, Bel Inizio, FLS Youth Run Camps, and Boy Scouts are our 15 race causes. THANK YOU for your support of these fine causes. Additional donations may be made when registering online. Even $1-$2 helps. Charity groups will comprise a majority of our volunteers race day for you. THANKS!

Race Photographer
Karen Thibodeaux is our race photographer. Photos of all racers will be available for purchase three days after Fort Bend KIA 30K Run at A great memento.

Restrooms and portacans
Restrooms and portacans are available before, during, and after Fort Bend KIA 30K RUN. There are men's and women's indoor restrooms with several stalls each, available in the far corner of Town Square Plaza, next to Jupiter. Also, restrooms in Marriott lobby are available. Behind the start one block, there are 15 portacans available behind finish area. Portacans are also available on the Palm Royale Blvd 4.2-mile loop, during the race, with three portacans near each water station. We know 1,100 runners and 200 volunteers need PLENTY of restrooms.

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