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Runners Hit the Pavement at 24th Annual Bellaire Trolley Run

Pooja Salhotra
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Calum Neff, Kim Lowry

Calum Neff and Kim Lowry were the men’s and women’s overall winners of the Bellaire Trolley Run. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

The rain held up just long enough on Saturday morning for roughly 650 runners to cross the finish line at the 24th Annual Bellaire Trolley Run. The race started with a 1 Mile Family/Kids Race, followed by a wheelchair division, then a 5K, and finally, the race’s newest addition: the 5K stroller division.  

Co-hosted by the City of Bellaire, Patrons for Bellaire Parks and the Al Lawrence Running Club, the event drew runners of all abilities and experience levels from across the city, and even from Dallas and Austin. 

Madden Taylor, Jen Takagi,

Madden Taylor and Jen Takagi ran the 5K, with support from Jen’s sister who made this sign. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

“It’s inexpensive, and it’s a flat course without too many turns, so people run great times in this course,” said Annie Hadow of the Al Lawrence Running Club. 

Runners started in front of Bellaire City Hall, ran north toward Bellaire Boulevard, made a loop around the famous trolley car on Bellaire Boulevard, then ran back down S. Rice Avenue toward Bellaire High School, turning down Maple, Ferris, Valerie Street and finishing in front of City Hall. Following the race, runners enjoyed the post-race after party, where more than 30 vendors offered post-run recovery food and other free items. 

Awards were given to the top male and female finisher in each race, and age-group specific awards were given to first through third place winners for each race. Kim Lowry won first place in the women’s division with a time of 17:42.7. Calum Neff won first place for the men’s division with a time of 15.11.3. 

  • Allyson Serrao, Melanie Bell, Dave Piper

    Allyson Serrao, Melanie Bell and Dave Piper completed the 5K. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

  • Julie Ngo, James Tran

    Julie Ngo and son James Tran cheering on their father/husband Minh Tran and son/brother William Tran at the Bellaire Trolley Run. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

  • John Palmer, Ella Palmer

    Pictured here are John Palmer and Ella Palmer, who participated in the 1-mile race. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

  • Arabela De Los Santos, Bela De Los Santos

    Arabela De Los Santos and daughter Bela De Los Santos ran the 1-mile race. Here they are pictured on S. Rice Avenue, cheering on Jessi Tijerina – Arabela’s wife and Bela’s mother – as she runs the 5K. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

  • Christopher Sedaris, Ella Sedaris

    Christopher Sedaris and his sister Ella Sedaris cheer on their dad who was running the 5K. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

  • Vareen Cunningham, David Cunningham

    Vareen Cunningham and David Cunningham cheered on their son Eli Cunningham as he ran the 1-mile race. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

  • Audrey Koo

    Audrey Koo enjoys the post-race party after completing the 1-mile run. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

  • Kim Lowry

    Kim Lowry receives the first-place prize in the women’s division. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

  • Allyson Serrao, Melanie Bell, Dave Piper
  • Julie Ngo, James Tran
  • John Palmer, Ella Palmer
  • Arabela De Los Santos, Bela De Los Santos
  • Christopher Sedaris, Ella Sedaris
  • Vareen Cunningham, David Cunningham
  • Audrey Koo
  • Kim Lowry

Allyson Serrao, Melanie Bell, Dave Piper

Allyson Serrao, Melanie Bell and Dave Piper completed the 5K. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

Julie Ngo, James Tran

Julie Ngo and son James Tran cheering on their father/husband Minh Tran and son/brother William Tran at the Bellaire Trolley Run. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

John Palmer, Ella Palmer

Pictured here are John Palmer and Ella Palmer, who participated in the 1-mile race. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

Arabela De Los Santos, Bela De Los Santos

Arabela De Los Santos and daughter Bela De Los Santos ran the 1-mile race. Here they are pictured on S. Rice Avenue, cheering on Jessi Tijerina – Arabela’s wife and Bela’s mother – as she runs the 5K. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

Christopher Sedaris, Ella Sedaris

Christopher Sedaris and his sister Ella Sedaris cheer on their dad who was running the 5K. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

Vareen Cunningham, David Cunningham

Vareen Cunningham and David Cunningham cheered on their son Eli Cunningham as he ran the 1-mile race. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

Audrey Koo

Audrey Koo enjoys the post-race party after completing the 1-mile run. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

Kim Lowry

Kim Lowry receives the first-place prize in the women’s division. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

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