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Saturday January 21, 2012 4:41 PM

Rockets Run 2012

10th annual event presented by Bowen, Miclette & Britt raises more than $10,000 for Autism Speaks


HOUSTON - It began as a steady stream toward the finish line. What followed was a flood.

More than three thousand Houstonians, ranging in age from 6 to 78, took part in the 10th annual Rockets 5K Run - presented by Bowen, Miclette & Britt benefiting Autism Speaks – on an overcast day that provided the perfect backdrop for an event that seems to get bigger and better every year.

Carlos Arias and Raquel Tidwell claimed the top spot in the men's and women's divisions, respectively, with Arias running a blistering 14:35.8 and Tidwell clocking-in at 16:59.2. But all who took part can claim to be winners as each participant received one free voucher to a future Rockets game in addition to entrance to the free food and entertainment which awaited them at the post-race party on Jackson Street.

"We put this on every year to get Houston in shape," said Senior Promotions Coordinator Leilani Borbon. "It’s also a unique experience to finish center court in Toyota Center."

The event raised more than $10,000 for Autism Speaks, one of the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organizations. Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Click here for more information.

It was all part of the successful ongoing partnership between the Rockets and Bowen, Miclette & Britt, a company that strongly believes in a commitment to the community and one that is willing to assist in building stronger families, creating opportunities and, most importantly, instilling an optimistic attitude for less fortunate individuals and families. Click here for more information about BMB’s community efforts.

This year's event also featured a 2-mile walk for those in search of a lower intensity workout, as well as the Kids' 1K, making the day's event perfect for all ages.

All courses took runners through several blocks of midtown Houston, before turning back toward Toyota Center. The final legs then went underneath the Tundra Garage and the arena, allowing the participants to emerge on the Rockets home court—32 feet below street level.

Click here for all of the day’s results.

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