34th Annual YMCA Run Thru The Woods Presented by Huntsman

By: Roxanne Davis
| Published 11/06/2023


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- YMCA Run Thru The Woods has been one of the premier running and walking family events in Texas for 34 years. The Huntsman Corporation has generously taken the lead as presenting sponsor for the annual charity event held on Thanksgiving morning in The Woodlands, Texas.

Running for a Cause since 1989

“For the past 5 years, Huntsman has been proud to support this event that supports such local services as Healthy Families, Youth Development, Teen Leadership, Safety Around Water, The Arts, Food Insecurity, Social Isolation, Learning Gaps, Health Disparities, and Racial Inequity. As a result, when youth are nurtured, families strengthened, and the needs of all people are met, our community is stronger”, said Peter Huntsman, Chairman and CEO of Huntsman Corporation.

The annual event has raised more than $3,500,000 Million since it began. Thank you to our generous sponsors who support running for a cause: Huntsman, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, Houston Methodist Hospital The Woodlands, Alight Solutions, St. Luke’s Health The Woodlands, Chevron Phillips, CWM Pavilion, T-Shirts Plus, MD Anderson, Fleet Feet, Market Street, Pepsi, Howard Hughes, The Woodlands Financial Group, Spectrum Events, HEB, Life Fitness, PreCor, Kroger, Alpha & Omega

The event is Thanksgiving Morning, November 23, 2023, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands Town Center. Designed for everyone to participate, categories and start times include a competitive one-mile Children’s Race for ages 12 and younger starting at 7:30 a.m.; a five-mile race at 8:15 a.m.; and a three-mile race and three-mile walk starting at 8:25 a.m. Wear your favorite Thanksgiving costume. Strollers are welcomed but please leave your pets at home. This year, the charity event expects to attract more than 4,600 participants from around the country.

Awards include special prize package to the overall top three finishers, male and female, in both the five-mile run and three-mile run. Awards will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place finishers, male and female, in each age group including five-mile, five-mile masters division, three-mile race, and three-mile masters division. In the one-mile children’s race, first- through fourth-place awards will be distributed to the top four finishers in each age group, male and female. A special finisher medal will be handed out at the finish line to all participants.

“Over the years, this popular holiday event has never lost touch with its mission: To provide a fun community event for all ages and all levels, promoting youth development, healthy living, community service and social responsibility as well as raising awareness and funds for the deserving youth organizations the event supports,”said Roxanne Davis, race director and community liaison of The Woodlands Family YMCAs. “Give Back. Give Thanks. Have Fun. Let’s RUN! YMCA Run Thru The Woods is a great way to begin Thanksgiving Day and kick off the holiday season. There’s the excitement of thousands of people pulling together with purpose, and it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends, to encourage each other, and give thanks and support local nonprofits, including the YMCA. Now, more than ever, we need opportunities to reconnect and find purpose in our lives. I have had the privilege to be involved and watch the event grow since 1994! We live in a very generous and caring community.”

Register early and save. Registration ends at Noon on Wednesday, November 22. There is no race day morning registration. To learn more and register for YMCA Run Thru The Woods, visit Like us on Facebook, YMCA Run Thru the Woods.

For more information, contact Roxanne Davis, Race Director, 281-367-9622,

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