Interview of 9 Year Old Morganne Svoboda, Youngest Participant in 2013 TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot

Morganne - PhotoThe Turkey Trot will be here soon!  Be sure to register!

In case you need some encouragement to get your body moving on Thanksgiving morning, read this sweet interview with nine year old Morganne Svoboda, the youngest participant in this year’s 10K race!

No stranger to short distance races, just this year she has completed four 10Ks and eight 5Ks. We asked her how she got started running and why she decided to run the TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot this year. In her own words, here’s what she shares with us. Go, Morganne!

Are you excited about running in the 10K at the Turkey Trot this year?
I’m excited but a little nervous because my last 10K was in April and I know there will be a lot of people at the Turkey Trot.

Why do you love to run?
I love to run because my running buddy (my mom) cheers me on, and because a lot of people ask me questions and are amazed that I can run a 10K at my age. I run for fun now but I am going to try out for track as soon as I get to 5th grade. I also like to race because I get to add to my “Wall of Bling” when I win an Age Group Award.

How did you start running?
My mom encouraged me to start running 10Ks this past spring. I ran four 10Ks and eight 5Ks this year so far. I’m excited about running at Thanksgiving because it won’t be so hot and I want to finish under 50 minutes.

What is your favorite part of a race?
I like to cheer people on in races, especially my mom, but I like to run more. I guess I like to be cheered on by the crowds. I usually get a lot of attention because I’m little. People say things like “go little baby girl” and “you’re amazing.” At the Green 6.2, one man said “look, there goes that little girl; she’s going to beat us again!”

How do you train for running events?
I use the Runkeeper app on my iPhone. I practice four times a week with my mom; we run about 20 miles a week together.

Did you know that the  TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot benefits Neighborhood Centers and Sheltering Arms Senior Services?
Yes I did and it makes me feel proud because I am helping others even as a kid. Everyone should have people who love, help and care about them.


2013 TXU Energy Turkey Trot benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services, a division of Neighborhood Centers Inc, Route & Registration Information

Turkey Trot 2013Can you believe it’s already time to register for the Turkey Trot?  The race takes place in the Galleria on Thanksgiving morning and benefits Sheltering Arms Senior Services and Neighborhood Centers!

Runners, walkers, families, and kids are all invited to join. Early registration runs now throughNovember 22; online registration ends November 26.  Make the Turkey Trot your family’s healthy and fun Thanksgiving tradition!

Date:   Thursday, November 28, 2013

Location: Dillard’s by the Galleria, 4925 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056

Events and fees:
•       Competitive / Wheelchair 10K/5K – $30
•       Nontimed 10K/5K – $25
•       Kids (12 & under) – $10
•       Seniors (70+)  – $10
•       Fees increase by $5 November 23 for all events

6 am – 7:15 am – Race day registration
7:20 am – 10K/5K Timed Wheelchair Race
7:30 am – 10K Event
8:00 am – 5K Event
9:00 am – Kids Run/Walk

Post-race party all morning.


Child Advocates Superhero Run – October 19, 2013 – City Centre Houston

Help raise awareness and dollars for some of Houston’s littlest victims at Child Advocates’ first annual Superhero Run!  You are encouraged to wear a superhero costume!

I am certain that a superhero costume will help my race time.  (Seriously!)

More information is below:

Super Hero Run October 2013
 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2013
CITYCENTRE HOUSTON
8:00 AM START TIME

5K Run / Walk $35 through October 18, $40 on race day
1K Run / Walk $20 through October 18, $25 on race day


Firefighter Chief Richard Cole Interviewed by Firefighter-in-Training William at Walmart Steak-Over Challenge!

Grill OffOn May 4th, Firefighters Chief Richard Cole and Terry Vick dueled in the Walmart Steak-Over Challenge in the Houston Heights.  There to witness it all was our 7 year old Firefighter-in-Training, and BigKidSmallCity Reporter, William.

Local firefighters Chief Richard Cole from the Pipes and Drums and Terry Vick from the Honor Guard in Houston were competing in the Walmart Steak-Over Challenge presented by Kingsford® Charcoal, Dr. Pepper® and A.1.® steak sauce to determine who has the best steak-grilling chops in town.

Sixth Ward Fire TruckRight in front of Walmart were 2 smokey grills, free samples, 6 firetrucks, 3 fireman bagpipers and dozens of firefighters.  It was a kid’s dream come true.

The BigKidSmallCity contest winner William had the opportunity to interview Chief Richard Cole while the steaks were cooking.  This young man had really thought through his questions.  Among others, he asked:

  • Up to what pressure can the fire hose handle?
  • Chief Cole and WilliamHow much does each firetruck tire weigh?
  • What hours do firefighters work?
  • What do you do at the fire station?

The hoses can handle well over 150 pounds and the tires way about ~400 pounds each.  Firefighters work form 6:30am to 6:30am the next day.  They eat and sleep at the fire station… and Chief Cole does a lot of paperwork!

You can see part of the interview here:

 

Houston Pipes and Drums Recipe

More video of William is below!

After the interview, and once the steaks were ready, attendees could grab a slice and cast their vote for best steak.  BigKidSmallCity picked the Italian Style Gilled Rib-Eyes from Pipes and Drums.  The recipe is below!

The Walmart Steak-Over Challenge will visit seven other cities, including Jacksonville, Fla., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, GA., Kansas City, Mo., and Indianapolis, Ind. The firefighter finalist from each city will compete on behalf of their station for a $20,000 grand prize in Los Angeles, the week of May 20.

 Italian-Style Grilled Rib-eyes

 Makes:                       4 servings

Prep time:      10 minutes
Cook time:     10 minutes

YOU’LL NEED
3-4      Walmart Choice rib-eye steaks, about 24-32 ounces total
2          tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
¼         cup Italian dressing
1½       tablespoons McCormick® Grill Mates® Montreal® seasoning mix
Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
In a shallow pan or large zip-top bag, mix the Worcestershire sauce and the Italian dressing together. Add the steaks and toss to coat well. Seal the bag or dish, and marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

When ready to cook, prepare a charcoal grill for direct high heat (450-500 degrees F) using Kingsford® charcoal.

Remove the steak from the marinade and wipe off excess. Season on both sides with the seasoning mix, and add extra salt and pepper to taste.

Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the steaks with the lid closed as much as possible, turning once or twice, until cooked to your desired doneness, 6 to 8 minutes for medium rare.  Remove steaks from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe created by The Houston Fire Department Pipes and Drums on behalf of Walmart.

 


Houston Firefighters Turn Up the Heat to Determine who Grills the Best Steak in Town + Chance to Interview the Firefighters for BigKidSmallCity

Fire Station 16Firefighters Chief Richard Cole and Terry Vick Set To Duel in the Walmart Steak-Over Challenge

WHEN/WHERE:           
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Walmart Shopping Center
111 Yale St.
Houston, Texas 77007
Firefighters start grilling at noon, winner announced at 2 p.m.
 Houston Pipes and Drums RecipeLocal firefighters Chief Richard Cole from the Pipes and Drums and Terry Vick from the Honor Guard in Houston will compete in the Walmart Steak-Over Challenge presented by Kingsford® Charcoal, Dr. Pepper® and A.1.® steak sauce to determine who has the best steak-grilling chops in town. Walmart shoppers in Houston will get a front row seat to the event, which will take place in the parking lot at the Walmart in the Heights. Shoppers who attend will have the chance to join in the festivities, taste test Walmart USDA Choice Premium steaks, sample Dr. Pepper and A.1. steak sauce for free, and cast their vote for best steak.

The Walmart Steak-Over Challenge will visit seven other cities, including Jacksonville, Fla., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, GA., Kansas City, Mo., and Indianapolis, Ind. The firefighter finalist from each city will compete on behalf of their station for a $20,000 grand prize in Los Angeles, the week of May 20.

Want to help BigKidSmallCity interview a firefighter at the event?  If your child wants to interview a firefighter on May 4, leave a comment on this post and like us on Facebook.  We’ll pick 1 kid by April 30th!

 


Color in Motion 5k Run – Color Run and After Party – February 2, 2013 + Discount Code for Houston Race!

Hey guys! This is Morgan from Color in Motion 5k. I am so excited to be blogging  and to offer Big Kid Small City readers an awesome deal for the Color in Motion 5k fun run on February 2 in Houston. Color in Motion 5k is the funnest color 5k run! This race benefits the local Houston charity, Girls on the Run.

**Use the discount code- BIGKIDSMALLCITY to register and get 15% off race registration.**

So what is Color in Motion 5k? Color in Motion 5k is the most fun 5k race you will ever participate in. This is is not a timed race so run, walk, jog, whatever your preference.

Here’s how it works.

Come in white clothes and start moving.

At every kilometer of the race you will find a color pit where our wonderful volunteers throw color on you as you go by. Turning your white clothes into a pallette of color.

What also makes Color in Motion different than your average 5k race is the after party. Afterwards there is a big party with music, dancing, vendors and a color throw.

 

Doesn’t that look fun? Having participated in one, I can promise you this is an event you DEFINITELY don’t want to miss out on.

So what do you have to do to join in on this fun? Go to colorinmotion5k.com/event/Houston and sign up using BIGKIDSMALLCITY to get 15% off, bring your friends and get ready to have a great time and support a great cause while doing it.


Color in Motion 5k Run – Color Run and After Party – February 2, 2013 + Discount Code for Houston Race!

Hey guys! This is Morgan from Color in Motion 5k. I am so excited to be blogging  and to offer Big Kid Small City readers an awesome deal for the Color in Motion 5k fun run on February 2 in Houston. Color in Motion 5k is the funnest color 5k run! This race benefits the local Houston charity, Girls on the Run.

**Use the discount code- BIGKIDSMALLCITY to register and get 15% off race registration.**

Inline image 1

So what is Color in Motion 5k? Color in Motion 5k is the most fun 5k race you will ever participate in. This is is not a timed race so run, walk, jog, whatever your preference.

Here’s how it works.

Come in white clothes and start moving.

Inline image 2

At every kilometer of the race you will find a color pit where our wonderful volunteers throw color on you as you go by. Turning your white clothes into a pallette of color.

What also makes Color in Motion different than your average 5k race is the after party. Afterwards there is a big party with music, dancing, vendors and a color throw.

 

Doesn’t that look fun? Having participated in one, I can promise you this is an event you DEFINITELY don’t want to miss out on.

So what do you have to do to join in on this fun? Go to colorinmotion5k.com/event/Houston and sign up using BIGKIDSMALLCITY to get 15% off, bring your friends and get ready to have a great time and support a great cause while doing it.


Eat! Shop! Rock! in Support of the Houston Food Bank – Mid-Main on December 6, 2012

Bring 5 cans of food on December 6th to enjoy all of the Mid Main Holiday Merriment!  There will be free live music and art shows all night… and Santa is coming!

Mid-Main is the 3400 to 3700 blocks of Main Street at the HCC/Ensemble Theater METRORail Station. We spend a lot of time here at Natachees.  With the trains and the shops, it is one of the coolest spots in Houston.

On the first Thursday of every month, there is an event to benefit a local charity.  This month it is the Houston Food Bank!

Tomorrow evening, between 5:00 and 8:00pm, head to Mid Main to see Santa and drop off your canned goods.  Or, put the kids to bed and go to the Gong Show at 10:00pm.


EAT, SHOP, ROCK for a good cause! November 1, 2012 – 5:00-10:00pm. Benefitting Workshop Houston

EAT, SHOP, ROCK for a good cause along Houston’s coolest blocks! Mid Main’s Tacos A Go-Go, My Flaming Heart, Natachee’s, Double Trouble, and The Continental Club are all donating a percentage of their sales that afternoon to Workshop Houston. Come that afternoon to learn more about Workshop Houston and enjoy FREE live music and art shows all night by Houston’s favorites!

Workshop Houston’s mission is to provide youth with creative, technical and educational resources. The organization uses five workshops –  the Third Ward Bike Shop (do-it-yourself bike repair), the Chopper Shop (welding/metal fabrication), the Beat Shop (music production), the Style Shop (fashion/graphic design) and the Scholar Shop (tutoring/academic enrichment) to help students deepen their interest in and commitment to learning, express themselves creatively, and broaden their horizons through setting and accomplishing goals.

Don’t miss the Custom Workshop Houston-made Chopper Raffle… tickets available for $5 at all participating businesses on the day of the event!

5 pm to 7 pm Workshop Houston comes to Natachee’s! Fun Activities and Entertainment provided by kids, for kids of all ages! Fashion show by the Workshop Houston Style Shop, Do-it-yourself bike repair by the Third Ward Bike Shop, Music and Videos brought to you by Workshop Houston Beat Shop 
 
5 pm Pop-up Gallery art show featuring work by local artists Matthew Sullivan, Juan-Carlos Arredondo and Jarod Griffith 
5:30 pm Main Street Projects show with artwork by Rahul Mitra entitled Colloquial Conversations 

Reception in the Art Garden brought to you by Deep Eddy Vodka

 

6 pm My Flaming Heart featuring Dios de Los Muertos art show by Doc from Ashland Gallery 
7 pm BEETLE HAPPY HOUR show @ The Continental Club 
7:30 pm Little Joe Washington show @ Natachee’s 
8:30 pm The Katie Stuckey Band @ the Pachinko Hut 
10 pm Nick Gaitan and the Umbrella Man @ the Big Top

 

For more information about this event please visit our facebook page! 


Mid Main – Eat, Shop, Rock! – 5% of Sales Going to Parks By You – September 6, 2012

MID MAIN
EAT – SHOP – ROCK!
3600 – 3700 MAIN St.

Sip, Stroll, and Shop Houston’s coolest blocks- and do it for a good cause! Natachee’s, Tacos A Go-Go, Sparrow Bar & Cookshop, Sig’s Lagoon, My Flaming Heart, Julia’s and Continental Club are all donating 5% of their sales that afternoon to Parks By You!

6 p.m. FREE Clory Martin show @ Natachee’s
6:30 p.m. Cocktails @ Double Trouble
7 p.m. FREE BEETLE @ Continental Club
7:30 p.m. Movie night @ Natachee’s
8 p.m. FREE Luke Lukas show @ Pachinko Hut

We love this part of Houston with the METRORail stop and the Natachee’s sandbox.  Be sure to check it out on September 6!