Thousands participate in 31st annual Bun Run


by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalist J.P. HARRINGTON

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Posted on April 28, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 28 at 6:06 PM

AUSTIN -- With the sound of a horn, feet, paws and even a few buns raced around Auditorium Shores for the 31st annual Schlotzsky's Bun Run.  

Kicking off the event was the "Lil' Bun Run,' a 1K for children and their parents. 

"I think it's good for her to get the exercise and to see how people in the community contribute and help each other out," said Anna Guzman, who's daughter participated in the race.

Eight year old Ian Watson-Hemphill wanted more of a challenge.

"The kid one is too easy," he said. 

So he and thousands others ran in the original bun run, the City of Austin's oldest 5K race.

"It's a challenging course. It doesn't look like it at first but it is a challenging course," said U.S. Marine Richard Powell who finished in first place. 

And for the die-hards, there's also a 10K as part of the event. It's one of two 10Ks in Austin. Angel Maldonado, Jr. and his 61 year old father drove from McAllen with their family to participate.

"He says it's very family oriented. Like there's the pets, the kids, from babies all the way to people older like him. You know it's very family oriented," said Maldonado, translating for his father. "Very well organized too. He feels a lot of unity, a lot of presence of God in here."

"I just want to thank you all for coming out to support the Sunshine Camps," Schlotzsky's President Kelly Roddy told the crowd. 

Proceeds from the race benefit summer camps for underprivileged children.

"Most people don't even know that the camps are Downtown," said Roddy. "They are kids who would not normally be able to go to a camp, this is a non-profit that kids are able to go there for free, learn camping, canoeing, leadership skills."

So while the kids were having fun, their parents said they were also learning valuable life lessons.

"I think it's good for her to know how to help other children and she's very lucky that she gets to participate in camps," said Guzman.

"It's a fulfilling thing for us to do, help the charity and run as a family and promote those life skills," added Robert Watson-Hemphill.

Skills other kids will now get to learn, thanks to people willing to follow the race's slogan and "run their bunz off."

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