Country Run raises $45,000 for BBBS kids

And they're off! (Photos by Ashley Landis/The DeBerry Group)

And they’re off! The starting line at Country Run 2014. (Photos by Ashley Landis/The DeBerry Group)

CST Brands, the parent company of Corner Store, wrapped up its first-ever 5K fun run series called the Corner Store Country Run – and they had some BIG success!

Overall, the Country Run raised a total of $1 million for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Canada, and other children’s charities. On Saturday, Nov. 17, Corner Store CEO Kim Lubel presented a check for an amazing $500,000 to BBBS of America and the remaining proceeds will go to various children’s charities in each city where a race was held.

Yeehaw! (Photos by Ashley Landis/The DeBerry Group)

Yeehaw! The Country Run mascot rustles up some fun! (Photos by Ashley Landis/The DeBerry Group)

Here in Austin, the run donated $45,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas and $50,000 to the Ride On Center for Kids!

The first Country Run kicked off in Montreal, Quebec on Sept. 13 and ended in San Antonio on Saturday, stopping along the way in Little Rock, Phoenix, Denver, Houston, Austin and Dallas. From beginning to end, the series attracted more than 20,000 particpants!

The course was farm-themed with hay bales, corn stalks and giant inflatable cows and pigs, and participants dressed in Western wear, overalls, cowboy hats, even a chicken costume. Registration included a T-shirt, blue finisher ribbon and a free country fair with live music, beer garden, food, carnival games and giveaways.

Did you go to the Country Run? What did you think?

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