Written by Staff
By Amanda Casanova
Runners will have a chance to set new records this spring at Irving fun runs and races.
The GE Inaugural Irving-Las Colinas Marathon will take place on April 27 at T.W. Richardson Grove Park and Sam Houston Park. City leaders are hoping the event becomes an annual staple in the City’s calendar of events.
Nearly 1,500 runners and another 1,000 spectators are expected at the inaugural marathon, which will also include a 5K, 10K, half marathon and one mile fun run.
In a second new race this spring, Andrew Esparza, an Irving police officer who died in the line of duty, will be remembered in May at the Andrew Esparza Memorial 5K. The annual 5K and one mile fun run will take place on May 11 at 2223 Kinwest Parkway.
Esparza was killed in 2007 after his patrol car hydroplaned and crashed during a rain storm while he responded to assist another officer at an accident scene. He was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas where he later died.
Proceeds from the run will benefit college scholarships for Irving Police Officers’ children and for Burleson High School students.