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Thirteen years ago, Robby Sabban’s friend needed financial support for a medical issue. Sabban, a runner, organized a race to help raise money for the cause.
Today, the Friendswood resident still organizes races for worthy causes, and has established the nonprofit Running Alliance Sport.
Each year, the alliance organizes the Texas Bridge Series, which is comprised of 10K runs across the Kemah Bridge, the Galveston Causeway and a half-marathon across the Fred Hartman Bridge in La Porte.
In the five years of its existence, the Running Alliance Sport has raised nearly $500,000 for charities.
In keeping with the bridge race theme, one of the main beneficiaries of the runs is the “The Bridge over Troubled Waters,” a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and other resources to women who have escaped domestic violence. Other charities that have received checks from Running Alliance Sport include the Baytown Special Rodeo Association, which puts together a Western-themed fun day for children with mental or physical disabilities, as well as Footsteps for The Fallen, a charity providing scholarships to children of first responders in Texas.
“Our donors love to run,” Sabban said. “What better way to raise funds for charities than doing what you love?”