Bike MS: Round Up Ride 2022 finished up their amazing 2-day experience at The Shack on Panther Island Pavilion on Sunday, May 15th! This event had over 70 teams with 1,007 participants and raised over $1,031,000!! With multiple route options, including a century route through the DFW metroplex, this event pedaled even closer to a cure in North Texas! Thank you to everyone who participated in or donated to this event!
Thousands of families joined together for March for Babies on May 7th at Panther Island Pavilion! This movement raised over $380,000 to help ensure that every mom, baby and family gets an equal, healthy and safe start to life! There was fun for everyone with balloons, fun photo-ops, games and the walk of course! This event was an all-around awesome time!
There was an awesome turnout at The Blast on April 5th at Panther Island Pavilion! On Saturday, the community gathered to enjoy food and fun after walking to help blast away cancer! Over $185,000 was raised by this event to bring more innovative research, groundbreaking medical treatments and trailblazing clinical trials to children with cancer at Cook Children’s!
Pumpkin Spice 5k, 10k and Half Marathon
It was a great turnout at the Pumpkin Spice 5k, 10k and Half Marathon on November 20th at Panther Island Pavilion! This event was full of festive fun from Hot Chocolate, Pumpkin Spice coffee, fall beer, goodies, great music and races! The weather was great, the runners were terrific and the memories made were unforgettable!
The Fort Worth Marathon was back again at Panther Island Pavilion on November 7, 2021! These racers participated in either a 5k, 20-mile race, full or half marathon!
There were also hot showers, food trucks, live music, and FREE money giveaways! Overall, this race had a great turnout accompanied by great Fort Worth weather!
The 1st Annual Justice Run took place at Panther Island Pavilion on October 10, 2021. Runners had the ability to race in a 10k, 5k, full, or half marathon. This event kicked off at 3:00pm with a free live concert, vendors, bounce houses, food trucks, merchandise, and the races began at 4:00pm.
There were over 1,000 people signed up to run for justice! The proceeds for this event go towards supporting the building of the Justice Residences, long-term residence homes for sex-trafficking survivors.
The St. Paddy’s Day Dash 5K brought the shenanigans to Fort Worth this year. Run Project’s 5K run was held on this past Saturday, March 13, at Panther Island Pavilion.
Nearly 1,200 participants gathered from all over the DFW Metroplex, sporting their most festive St. Patrick’s Day attire along with 300 virtual participants. After the run, the fun continued with vendor booths, awards, a tutu contest, and more! Thanks to those that made this event a success and hope to see y’all next year.
Dust off your funky and fabulous Tutu and get ready for this year’s St. Paddy’s Day Dash. Every year Run Project hosts the epic St. Paddy’s Day Tutu contest. An event that should not be missed. But what makes an excellent tutu? Is it the bedazzlements, the fullness or the fluffery?
Here are some excellent examples from past participants. Let us know if you have any tips or tricks on what makes the cream of the crop tip of the top-rated tutu.
To enter this year’s Tutu contest simply register for the St Paddy’s Day Dash and dawn your funky tutu at the race on March 13th. The crowd favorite will be announced at the race.
Let the shenanigans begin!
Too Cold to Hold 5K, 10K & Half Marathon moved to Panther Island Pavilion on Saturday, February 27 for another great event produced by Run Project. It was nearly a sellout race!
The participants had the option to sign-up for the in-person race or to participate virtually, while still being able to earn the great swag that comes with the Too Cold to Hold race. Close to 1,100 chose to run in-person along with 192 chose to virtually run. This year’s race had new race routes right through Panther Island.
Not only were participants able to run local but they were able to give local. They helped Run Project support the Neighborhood Pantry and the Tarrant Area Food Bank! There was an onsite collection of various dry goods.
Thanks to all that showed up! See you at the next race.
2020 has been a year for the history books. Panther Island Pavilion was a popular place for outdoor activities this year providing a park space to escape from the challenges that the pandemic brought on. Be it in a tube, on a bike or in a virtual format the community found ways to support causes and create fun while staying safe.
Read below a few highlights
- The annual Fort Worth’s Fourth fireworks show returned to the skies over Panther Island Pavilion even larger than ever this year. In-person activities were canceled but the show went on offering kids and adults alike the opportunity to safely celebrate our Independence Day from afar. Event staff coordinated a complete shutdown of the festival site and surrounding arterials, encouraging the community to watch from afar or by livestream from their home to maintain social distancing. KDFW Fox 4 provided a live stream and 95.9 The Ranch broadcasted the music. The fireworks show was made possible by generous contributions from Lockheed Martin and TRWD and celebrated those that fought for our freedom and honored first responders, healthcare workers, and everyone on the front line.
- New this year, the Panther Island Beach concessions expanded to 6 days a week. A concession stand served trail users and beachgoers with drinks and snacks available to purchase. On weekends, a food truck, waterfront yoga classes, and acoustic performers were added. Rental options were expanded to include more pedal boats to keep up with the demand. The Panther Island Pavilion Beach provided an option for people to bring their families and enjoy the Trinity River. With white squares painted across the lawn, the set up worked perfectly for families to choose a spot and safely social distance.
- Waterfront Yoga Sundays started during the summer months and due to popularity, the sessions were extended through the end of the year thanks to yoga instructor Jordan Palmer of Fort Worth Community Yoga.
- Oktoberfest Fort Worth was canceled this year, but that did not stop fans from celebrating in their own way! The festival still sold their classic hat pins and steins with proceeds benefitting TRWD’s Trinity River recreation & programming initiatives. Fans tuned into Facebook for a virtual prost with Alex Meixner who sang Ein Prosit in honor of the festival.
- The inaugural River and Blues Festival brought live music back to the Main Stage on November 13 and 14. The diverse line up featured performers such as Maddie & Tae, Samantha Fish, Bart Crow, Casey James, Courtney Patton & Jason Eady, Kirk House, Charley Crockett, Kody West, Southern Avenue, Johnathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, and Alaina Kay. Festival-goers had a choice between VIP tables or general admission tickets which offered a white painted square for attendees to put their chairs and properly social distance on the lawn.
- Backwoods Paddlesports opened up for their 8th season offering canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals on the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. More than 12,500 individuals paddled with them this season, an 88% increase from 2019. Customers also had the opportunity to help clean the Trinity and collect around 200 bags of trash during their time out on the river. With the growing popularity of the river recreation, Backwoods hosted five on Sunset and Night paddles for the second year in a row, which accommodated 42 people.
- Fort Worth Bike Sharing B-cycle station located at Taylor Circle has made it easier than ever to hop on and off at the venue and enjoy the Trinity Trails. The station is the best overall performing downtown station and the 7th best overall performing station. Over 5,069 bikes were checked out at the Taylor Circle to date in 2020 which is a 140% increase from 2019.
- Operation Airdrop was a tribute that occurred on Memorial Day to honor healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as always for our military heroes who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Due to the rainfall happening during the early afternoon in Fort Worth, the scheduled parachute was unable to happen, but veteran parachuters met at the top of the hill at PIP for a smoke and ground show.
- The Veterans Day Parade mobilized in the parking lot of Panther Island Pavilion on November 11. There was a brief opening ceremony followed by a Marine Corps Flyover at 11am. Shortly after the flyover, the motorcade began their route down Forest Park Boulevard where watchers stood and cheered, then circled back to Panther Island Pavilion.
- Step Up For Down Syndrome, Fort Worth Marathon, Pumpkin Spice, and Thanksgiving Day Run offered an in-person opportunity to hop on the Trinity trails for a walk or run. The events were modified to reduce gathering and provided a fun and safe way to exercise.
- Jude Walk, Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Great Strides all continued to raise money and host their events virtually, encouraging participants to get out and walk for a cause in their own neighborhood.
Pumpkin Spice 5K, 10K & Half Marathon returned to Panther Island Pavilion on Saturday, November 21 for another great event produced by Run Project.
The participants had the option this year to sign-up for the in-person race or to participate virtually, while still being able to earn the great swag that comes with the Pumpkin Spice Run. Even though the event was slightly different from the past, there was still a lot of fun had at Panther Island Pavilion that Saturday! There were close to 550 runners that’s decided to run in-peron. See y’all next year.
Check out the list of the walks/runs coming to Fort Worth and happening virtually! Register, create a team, and/or donate to a cause today.
- September 1- October 31 Oktoberfest Run Und Ride – Let Run Project help you make your “stuck at home” Oktoberfest this virtual self-guided race. Run or ride the routes, stop into local restaurants, and make your own Oktoberfest experience in Fort Worth. The race benefits aa nonprofit of your choice DKMS, Bruce Wood Dance, SPCA of Texas, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Animal Rescue Crusaders of North Texas, or Leukemia of Texas
- October 17 Step Up For Down Syndrome 5K – The Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K is an annual fundraising event for The Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas. This event supports individuals with Down Syndrome and their caregivers through education, outreach, support, engagement, the exchange of ideas and experiences, and social opportunities.
- October 24 Virtual Tour De Cure: North Texas – Join the movement to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes at Tour De Cure! Choose to ride, run, or walk at home! This event benefits the American Diabetes Association.
- October 29 Great Strides: Virtual Concert – Join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for an evening of live music, an online silent auction, and more at the Virtual CF Concert Series presented by Swingle Collins & Associates and Quorum Software. Thursday, October 29th at 7:30 pm featuring Rhett Miller and friends.
- October 31 Virtual Walk to End Alzheimer’s – The world’s largest event that raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research, has gone virtual. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.
- November 14 Virtual JDRF One Walk – This fall, the Greater Fort Worth JDRF One Walk will take place! Although we will not be able to gather together in person, Walk will NOT change the commitment to finding a cure. From walking in your neighborhood park to virtually walking with friends and family around the world, your ability to “reimagine” One Walk this year is limitless. Register to participate in the first-ever JDRF National Walk Day to be held on November 1, 2020!
- November 8 Fort Worth Marathon – Mark your calendars now for the 14th Annual Fort Worth Marathon. Pick from the Marathon, 20 Mile, or Half Marathon race to participate in. The Marathon is an annual running event that raises funds to fight childhood obesity in the Tarrant County area and in the school systems.
For a full list of our events click here.