It’s all about getting healthy and fit at the annual McAllen Crime Stoppers “Viva McAllen Streets presented by H-E-B” which is scheduled for Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center. This year things will be bigger and better according to the organizers.
“We want to encourage the community to participate to promote health and fitness. It’s also a great opportunity to become part of the city’s safety awareness campaign Run, Ride & Share,” said Mayor Jim Darling. “We hope you will have a good experience in our All-America City.”
The Rio Grande Valley event includes Darling Dare’s Cycling Ride 25 mile, 40 mile, 60 mile; 10K Run for Justice; a sanctioned IBCA cook-off called Cowboy Q’ing Against Crime Cook-off; and McAllen Fit Games, a team competition to see who’s the fittest. The highly attended McAllen Parks and Recreation’s Kids Fishing Derby at the McAllen Convention Center Oval Pond is also being held in conjunction with Viva McAllen.
“McAllen Crime Stoppers is a remarkable tool the McAllen Police Department uses when it’s trying to get help from the community,” said Police Chief Victor Rodriguez. “We hope you participate to raise awareness about Crime Stoppers but also to stay fit and healthy.”
Viva McAllen Streets has multiple community partners that make the event possible like H-E-B, Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance, City of McAllen, McAllen Police Department, Metro McAllen, McAllen Public Works, Traffic Department, McAllen Parks and Recreation, McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Briggs Equipment, The Monitor, Burns Motors, Team McAllen Cycling, Ranger CrossFit and many others.
“Your entire family should join us at Viva McAllen Streets to get safety information from the experts. The City’s Run, Ride & Share campaign is raising awareness about safety for runners, cyclists and motorists,” said Commissioner Veronica Whitacre. “We need to respect each other on the road to be safe. Your children can also get fingerprinted and there will be bike safety information at the bike rodeos for free.”
Patrons can enjoy kiddie rides, ZUMBA, and an assortment of food vendors. People can still register online at www.vivamcallenstreets.com. All proceeds go to the McAllen Crime Stoppers program.