Kidney Runners – Nacogdoches, TX



So our 5k/10k run this year was a bit different from any other professionally timed run. I purposely priced The Kidney Run as $5 5k and $10 10k. The extremely affordable prices allowed for participation from a greater diverse bunch of runners. I loved hearing the excitement from the first timers discovering a new passion. People have come up to me just to tell me when there next race is and how my run got them started. Everything we do has a ripple effect.

This year our volunteers were almost all college students. I say mostly because my family and I were up until 1 am on race day organizing the registration bags. We were extremely fortunate to welcome back the student organization AC Speaks from Angelina College which is headed by my former interpersonal communications teacher. This was the first year for The School of Nursing from Stephen F Austin State University ,which is here in Nacogdoches, to provide the majority of the volunteers and operate a health booth. Another health booth was provided by MedPost. In addition to all that good stuff we had a couple of special yummy treats for all our participants. Complete Nutrition provided samples of protein fruit drinks and many other supplements. Smoothie king was supposed to provide smoothies at the event but experienced a power outage the night before and lost all the their inventory for that day, but the still showed up and gave out free smoothie coupons to everyone. We always receive lots of support from our local businesses. The local Raising Canes Chicken restaurant held a fundraiser day in which the donated 15% of the days profits.

This run marked the first time my only brother, mom, dad were able to come in from California to join my wife, son and daughter self in a 5k/10k run.

What made this situation even better was it was my run.

In the end we had over 100 race participants and raised over 3,000 dollars for the local charity at Love inc. 

Heres what was posted on the race website. If you want to see more go to

Kidney Run 5k/10k

5k/10k Nacogdoches Texas

March 25th

Kidney Run 5k/10k
Benefitting Love inc Nacogdoches Kidney Patient Fund
Location: TJR Elementary, 411 North Mound St., Nacogdoches Texas
Check in at 8:00am
10k start at 9:00am
5k start at 9:30am
Chip timing by Redemption Racing, medals provided.
Contact: , 936-569-9900

Love Inc. Kidney Fund
Your generous donations make the world a better place. Thank you for giving!
About Love Inc. Kidney Fund
Kidney Disease effects an estimated 31 million people in the United States making this the 9th leading cause of death. The leading causes of Kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure. These common causes mean someone you know is already at risk for Kidney failure. Cost of treating kidney failure is expensive–costly to the patients, their families, employers and taxpayers. 

All the proceeds from the Kidney Run will go to Love inc. of Nacogdoches Kidney Patient Fund to assist with costs such as transportation, medications, nutrition and transplant work-up.


-Gilbert Soto


The purpose of this Purpose Project (5k/10k run) is to raise awareness and educate the public about organ and tissue donation, living donation, End Stage Renal Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease. This project will raise funds to assist patients in the community who are currently living with End Stage Renal Disease, with unmet needs such as medications, nutritional needs, transportation or other basic needs that are not met by any other programs or organizations. The raised funds can also be used to assist with unpaid costs associated with transplant work-up or cost for donor/recipients that are not covered financially by any other means.


Feb. 25, 2017 @ 8:30 a.m.
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