Astros to host several charitable events in upcoming days

The Houston Astros will proudly host three charitable events in the next several days as the organization continues its commitment to the surrounding community.

BADGES & BASES H-TOWN RUNDOWN - Saturday, Sept. 27 (8:00 a.m.)

The Astros Foundation is teaming up with the Houston Police Foundation to host the 2014 Badges & Bases H-Town Rundown on Saturday, September 27. The Kids Fun Run will begin at 8:00 a.m., with the 10K/5K scheduled for an 8:15 a.m. start. Both races will begin in front of Union Station at Minute Maid Park and will finish inside the ballpark, with proceeds of the charitable event benefitting the two hosting foundations. Special guest Craig Biggio will be at the start of the race.

The event will include an award presentation at 9:45 a.m., hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton and Lisa Malosky. Additional special guests at the event will include HPD Chief of Police Charles McClelland, Astros mascot Orbit and HPD mascot Officer K9.

Runners can register for the Badges & Bases H-Town Rundown at www.astros.com/race as well as on the day of the race on Texas Avenue outside Minute Maid Park (spots will be limited).

Race packets will be available on race day beginning at 6:30 a.m. or in advance today (September 25) at Academy Sports + Outdoors' Bunker Hill location, 9734 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77055 from 4:00pm-8:00pm, and on Friday, September 26 at Academy Sports + Outdoors' Highway 59 at Kirby location, 2404 Southwest Frwy (between Greenbriar/Shepherd and Kirby) Houston, TX 77098 from 12:00pm-8:00pm.

All 10K/5K participants will receive a commemorative tech t-shirt, while children 12 and under participating in the Kids Fun Run will receive a commemorative cotton t-shirt and a finisher's medal.

Free parking will be available for all participants and supporters in any of the Astros-controlled lots (A, B and C), located off of Preston Street on the east side of Minute Maid Park.

All participants and supporters will also be invited to a post-race party held on Crawford Street outside Union Station, featuring local food trucks and entertainment for all ages.

The Astros on-site contact will be Twila Carter, Executive Director of the Astros Foundation. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/race.

BIGGIO'S SUNSHINE KIDS EVENT - Wednesday, Oct. 1 (10:30 a.m.)

On Wednesday, October 1, Craig and Patty Biggio will again host the Sunshine Kids to a memorable baseball experience with the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Craig will throw batting practice to the children on the field, who will also have the chance to run the bases. The children and their families will then be served lunch in the Diamond Club and receive autographs from Craig. Astros mascot Orbit will also take part in the event.

Media wishing to cover this event should enter through the Clock Tower entrance off the Diamond Club lot.

2014 ASTROS FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC - Monday, Oct. 6, 12:15 p.m.

The Astros Foundation is hosting their Annual Golf Classic on Monday, October 6 at the Shadow Hawk Golf Club (4100 Shadow Hawk Drive, Richmond, TX 77469), with proceeds benefiting the Astros Urban Youth Academy. The sold-out event will raise over $200,000 for the Astros Foundation, which funds and runs all of the free UYA programs for at-risk youth in low-income neighborhoods throughout Houston.

Media wishing to cover the event should contact Dena Propis at dpropis@astros.com for credentials.

Ideal times for media to conduct interviews are 12:15-1:00pm and 5:00-7:00pm. However, media are welcome to cover the event at any point. On the day of the event, please contact Dena

Propis at 713-494-3746 for assistance.

The honorary chairs of the 2014 Astros Foundation Golf Classic are Ruth and Nolan Ryan. The event co-chairs include Jim Crane, Jud Grady, Steve Gibson, Bill Herrington and Shawn Taylor.

Proceeds from this charitable tournament will benefit The Astros Foundation's Urban Youth Academy. The nonprofit program provides free, year-round baseball and softball instruction, mentoring and leadership development for at-risk and low-income youth at the UYA facilities in the Acres Homes neighborhood of Houston and at clinics at neighborhood parks operated by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department throughout the city.