Kim Bachmeier was not yet a runner when she signed up to participate in the University of Texas Medical Branch inaugural Causeway Fund Run in 1996. She preferred race walking. That year was the first time a run had ever taken place on the Galveston Causeway.

Since pedestrian travel over that thoroughfare is strictly prohibited, the first Causeway 5K was a major milestone for area runners. It was the first time they ever took Galveston’s only actual incline by foot.

For Bachmeier, it was the beginning of her life as a runner.

"I had never participated in a race as a runner before,” she said.

Now, Bachmeier is the co-owner of downtown Galveston’s Fit Tri Run, a place she likes to think of as “the coffee shop of running stores — a community center where people of all ages, shapes, sizes and skill levels come together to train, learn and encourage one another to make a positive difference in our lives.”

She is also the chairwoman of the newly revived UTMB School of Health Professions Causeway Fund Run, scheduled for March 2 starting at The Galveston County Daily News building, 8522 Teichman Road, in Galveston.

After a more than 15-year hiatus, the causeway run was reinstated when Betty Protas, dean of UTMB’s School of Health Professions, approached Bachmeier, an alumna of the school with a degree in occupational therapy, with the idea of collaborating on a fundraiser to raise money for School of Health Professions scholarships.

“It was an amazing experience to run across the causeway,” said Bachmeier, who not only graduated from UTMB’s School of Health Professions but worked at UTMB for many years as well — as a pediatric clinician, junior faculty member and president of the School of Health Professions alumni association.

The March 2 UTMB School of Health Professions Causeway Fund Run includes a kids’ 1K that begins at 7:45 a.m., a wheelchair 5K that begins at 8:05 a.m. and a 5K run/walk that begins at 8:15 a.m.

Online preregistration information is available at

The cost is $10 for the kids’ run and $25 for the 5K in advance and $20 for the kids’ run and $40 for the 5K on the day of the race. The course is certified. Preregistered 5K participants will be chip timed. For information, call 409-772-3006.