Cowtown Fills Fort Worth with 21,000 Runners

21,000 runners take their mark in Fort Worth

By Kim Fischer
|  Monday, Mar 1, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 AM CDT
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Cowtown Fills Fort Worth with 21,000 Runners

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The first finisher of the Cowtown's Ultra-Marathon -- a 31-mile run.

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Cowtown Fills Fort Worth with 21,000 Runners

The Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth had another record-breaking year of attendance. More than 21,000 runners filled the streets of downtown Saturday -- several thousand of whom still needed mom and dad to help lace-up their running shoes.
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The Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth had another record-breaking year of attendance. More than 21,000 runners filled the streets of downtown Saturday -- several thousand of whom still needed mom and dad to help lace-up their running shoes.

The Cowtown is a non-profit organization that promotes good health and fitness to everyone in the greater Fort Worth area. The marathon is one of the largest races in the country for adults and kids alike.

"It's fun to get exercise and just, it's pretty fun," said child participant Cullen Johnson.

For Johnson's family, the race has become a family affair.

"It's good. I mean, it's fun and it's something that's healthy and I hope that he carries it on as he gets older," said Courtney, Cullen's mother.

That's the hope for many of the parents attending the race. According to the centers for disease control and prevention, over the past three decades, obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents. That's why parent Sophie Owens is happy to support her kids in the 5k.

"They love doing it. They ask to do it every year," said Owens.

Her younges child, Max, was happy about his finish -- and about passing his older sister on the course.

"My sister and my brother encouraged me in second grade, so that's when I started," Max said.

That was three years ago, and the fifth-grader he has no plans of stopping.

“I just have a passion for running and it's really fun," said Max. 

In all, more than 50,000 people, runners and supporters, were expected in downtown Fort Worth Saturday for the event.  The annual event is in it's 32nd year and takes place the last Saturday of every February.

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