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5K Events Are More Like Magical History Tours

A series of 5K running/walking events in San Antonio targets more than just exercise. They're called Preservation 5K Runs and the project starts Saturday. The idea comes from the City's Office of Historic Preservation directed by Shannon Miller.

"This is the first in a series of races that we'll be having throughout the year. "

Each one is packed with interesting sights, but also history.

"Exactly. Yes, each one is a tour of a specific historic area or topic," she said. "And so the one this weekend starts at the Lions Field House, and it's really a tour of the waterworks associated with the San Antonio River and Brackenridge Park."

Each event sounds like a mix of exercise and fascinating historical context. Miller elaborates.

"A couple of the stops in the tour will be places like the Japanese Tea Garden or the Miraflores Park. Obviously, that's not really open to the public but we'll be stopping there and talking about the sculptures inside."

This is just the first; there are three more.

"In September there will be one in Monte Vista. In October, near Halloween we'll be doing a tour of the East Side Cemeteries. And then in December we'll be doing a Holiday Lights tour downtown."

Miller thinks it's a great way for newcomers to sink their teeth into the Alamo City.

"It's a good opportunity to get out and enjoy the day, then also learn a little something about San Antonio. And also meet new people."

We have more on the Preservation 5K Races here.