Saturday, October 13, 2018 • Plano, TX


Walk, jog or run! This event is for all fitness levels. The Amphitheatre at Oak Point Park is the perfect Start/Finish location for a 5K and 10K run. Runners and walkers will enjoy a beautiful route through Oak Point Park and nature preserve.


Amphitheatre at Oak Point Park
2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074

All race participants will receive a finisher medal, a technical shirt, and a Fire/Police silicone bracelet while supplies last.

*All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. This is a rain or shine event.

Donations of services and products to the event are welcomed.

Course Information

Both courses are USATF certified.  The 10K and 5K will start at 9:00 am.  No bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, or dogs will be allowed on the course. Due to some narrow pathways on the course, strollers are discouraged. If you do participate with a stroller, we ask that wheelchairs, strollers, and walkers start at the back of the pack to avoid any collisions.

Shoots and Ladders 5K Course Map

Shoots and Ladders 10K Course Map



You will be supporting your local Police, Firefighters and EMS first responders. All proceeds from this event benefit the Plano Police Association (PPA) and the Plano Firefighters Association (PFA). The PPA and the PFA are fraternal, benevolent and charitable 501(c) organizations dedicated to serving the needs of their members as well as their community. Their mission is to honor those who serve our community and ensure the safety and well being of all citizens.

Event Schedule

Saturday, October 13, 2018

7:30 AM – Race Day Registration & Packet Pickup

9:00 AM – 10K Start

9:15 AM – 5K Start

9:45 AM – Awards & Post-Race Party

Packet Pickup

Thursday, October 11, 2018 (10 am to 7 pm)

– PLANO Academy Sports + Outdoors (4045 Central Expy, Plano, TX 75023)

– GARLAND Academy Sports + Outdoors (4920 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX 75040)

Or Race Day at the Event Site (7:30 am to 9 am)


1st-3rd Overall Male and Female

1st-3rd Overall Male and Female Masters (40+)

The Top 3 Male and Female in the following age groups:
14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over

Parking & Misc

There is plenty of parking at the Amphitheatre at Oak Point Park.

Bag Check
We will provide bag check near the entrance of the venue.

2018 Ambassadors

AMPT Ambassadors are our number one-fans, our voice on the streets, and our local motivators. They may range in age, pace and background, but together they are dedicated to sharing the AMPT mission and expanding involvement in the running community. Connect with them on social media for race tips, discounts, giveaways and more!

Our 2018 Ambassadors

Arlene Harrison • Dallas, TX

My goal is to take each step in stride with honor and dignity for the purpose of this event. As the onlookers stand in watch my goal is to let no one down to finish with the same excitement and pride that I started with.


Ashley Morrison • Dallas, TX

I have been working toward my 2018 fitness goal of running my first full marathon, and I will be completing the Chicago Marathon this fall! My goal in the marathon is to enjoy the entire experience and weekend, as well as set my first marathon PR!


Brandi Baylock • Plano, TX

In 2018, my goal has been to use running as a way to focus on personal growth and development. In addition to listening to relevant audiobooks during my pavement therapy, each month I’ve chosen a word to focus on during my training runs and on monthly race days. For the Shoots and Ladders 10K, I’m focusing on the word “serve”. This reminds me of the daily service that our police officers and firefighters give to our community and that provides me with an opportunity to seek and brainstorm ways to serve others around me.

Cathy Bedford

My 2018 goal is to run HEALTHY! I want to take the rest of this year to be able to get back to my full running shape. After taking time off for health reasons, I have been working on getting back into running and hope to complete the Marine Corp Marathon in October.


Chris Hatley

My 2018 racing goals are:

1. Complete my first Spartan Trifecta (last race is in October!)
2. Run the BMW Ultra Marathon (my first)
3. Run the inaugural Shoot and Ladders 10k (like a boss)

My other goals never end…and that is spreading my love for the sport of running. After losing 100 pounds, running has literally changed my life and I want to spread the love I have for this sport in any way possible.

Cordelia Braxton • Grand Prairie, TX

My 2018 goal is to become Double Agent! That means I need to run 3 half marathons and 3 marathons in 3 months. Whew!!! I always try to make yearly challenging fitness goals for myself. Timing obviously is not a factor for me. I just want to make it out alive.


Crystal Fortenberry

My 2018 running goal is to get back to running a little at a time after a life-saving surgery and become better than I was before. Happy Running!



Danay Slaughter

I just want to enjoy life and running makes me happy. Currently, I am taking a yoga certification which helps my running a lot. I know for sure that my racing times in 2019 are going to be amazing and that’s my goal! Also, it is very important to me to inspire my family and friends to exercise no matter what they choose, the idea is simple: “Don’t get rusty and keep moving.”

David Janise • Frisco, TX

After being away from the sport of running for 30 years. I have reconnected in the last year & a half and I have been enjoying the friendships I have made through running. My 2018 goal is to run my 2nd marathon (Dallas Marathon) in under 4 hours.


Doris Barr • Carrollton, TX

My goal is to have fun supporting the races for great causes and to encourage others by connecting and promoting positive energy. I would like to complete at least one 10K run this year and participate in 3 or more 5k races.


Eddie Loya • Euless, TX

Being diagnosed with an incurable auto-immune disease resulting in 10 days in the hospital I decided to TAKE MY HEALTH BACK! My original goal was to run a 5k or two, but God gave me a bigger dream and told me that I will run several 5ks and run my first ever 10k! Speed is not a factor, my goal is to finish every race I start.

“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

Eric Anders

My run goals for 2018 are to inspire others to persevere and push beyond their limits to achieve their goals. I will be running my first marathon this year in Arlington, VA at the National Cemetery. In 2018 I hope to see my daughter become interested in running as well so we can do it together.

I Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

Frankie Agius

Running is a way of life for me as it allows me to be with people I love and enjoy sharing with fellow runners. I have run 17 marathons including one Boston and I am now training for another marathon in September. My most immediate goal is to re-qualify for Boston but then I want to start working on running all the World Major Marathons. I am excited to be associated with this organization and to be able to offer my support.

Gwen Seay • Arlington, TX

My 2018 goal is to get back to run/walking 5k’s! Also, to encourage others to take this journey with me in the race to better health. My final goal is to run a full 5k. One day at a time I will meet my goal. Happy Running!! Here I go!


Janise Gooden • Sachse, TX

My 2018 goal is to live life to the full and run races to the best of my abilities and finish Vertical!!! Maybe rack up a few age group awards. Fingers crossed!!!



Joshua Conner

My running goal: Run a 1:40 Half Marathon before I turn 41!




Laura Huddleston

2018 Race Goal: To diversify my races from triathlons and obstacle mud runs to include various distances such as a half marathon and 10K. I’d like to actually train for a race. My MO is to just show up and see what my body can do; I train for life.



Laurie Lewis

My goal is to be a role model to my students, and other young people, by sharing my experiences and the importance of staying active no matter what physical activity you enjoy so that you can live a happy and healthy life. Secondary to that, my goal is to run my first marathon in Chicago this year.


Liliana Torres

My 2018 goal is to run my 1st Marathon (Marine Corps Marathon), to show people that everything can be done if you put the work on it as I have done it for myself. To motivate others to be the best version of themselves and being grateful for each opportunity


Shanna Monahan

Right now I’m training for the Marine Corps Marathon – a “bucket list” race for many distance runners! I alternate my running days with cross-training to keep myself balanced, but my long runs on Sunday are always the highlight of my week. If you see me out running, say hi! I always love meeting new people!


Marilyn Hoyt

2018 Fitness Goal is to devote more time to reflect on things that matter.




Mark Hsu

My 2018 run goal is to be as injury free as possible. Therefore, I shall carefully consider my nutrition, hydration, and body mechanics. I intend on keeping a 10 min/mile or less pace with the panda head.



Gloria Ruiz

I had never run more than a few miles nor competitively before 2018. However, it did not stop me from signing up for my very first half marathon. I immediately have buyer’s remorse but I know I can do it. I’m happy to report that I did not quit and proceed to complete my first half marathon with only one month of training. Since my first half marathon, I have completed 3 additional half marathons and numerous 10Ks and 5Ks. My goal as a Shoots and Ladders Ambassador is to meet new running friends and to encourage and help other new runners just like myself.

Twitter: @foodlovingasian

Instagram: @thefoodlovingasian

Patsy Sutherland

My number one goal is to share the joy of fitness with everyone! Personally, I had set a goal at the beginning of the year to run at least one race per month and I am on track to do so. My goal for the remainder of the year is to continue to do strength training as well as yoga several times per week. Last but not least, I am looking to run the Dallas BMW Marathon and beat my last marathon time.

Stacy Palmertree • Murphy, TX

My goal this year is run in the Marine Corps Marathon and follow it up immoderately by doing Disney’s Wine and Dine Challenge. Go big or go home y’all!



Vanessa McKnight

My goals are to complete my master’s degree and work toward my doctorate so that I can effect positive change within police organizations. My research aims to identify the impact the organization has on developing negative mental and physical health symptoms in police officers. Athletics has a huge role in this goal, I use running, cycling, mountain biking, and trail running as a resource to reduce stress. I know first hand how negatively an impact an organization can have on an officer, I also know first hand how important it is to have healthy and active lifestyle choices when faced with negativity. Maintaining an active lifestyle gives me a platform to show other negatively affected officers that there are little things within their control that can improve their physical and mental health.

Raena Williams • Arlington, TX

My 2018 goal is to run my very first half marathon! I’ve been a runner my entire life but just began really increasing my distance over the last couple of years. I have always mentally held myself back and I’m ready to break free from that! I want to run healthy, run hard, and run happy. 🙂


Lura White

My fitness/running goal for 2018 is to be an inspiration to others by successfully completing two half marathons. I’m hoping that my being a run ambassador encourages other that they can overcome any obstacles put in their path and to never give up. My journey or overcoming two major car accidents, followed by a total knee replacement while still having to work through injuries that won’t heal has given me drive. I like the photo I’ve chosen because it reminds me of how far I’ve come where I couldn’t run without two knee braces and an ankle brace until recently. Now I’m brace-free. Thank you for this opportunity and God bless y’all!


Is this a timed event?
Yes. Both distances will be timed via RunFAR Racing Services.

Can I pick up my packet on race day?
Yes. However, participants are highly encouraged to pick up their packets the Thursday before race day. A friend or family member can pick up your packet with a copy of your event confirmation.

Where and when do I pick up my packet?
Thursday, October 11, 2018 (10 am to 7 pm)

– PLANO Academy Sports + Outdoors (4045 Central Expy, Plano, TX 75023)

– GARLAND Academy Sports + Outdoors (4920 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX 75040)

Or Race Day at the Event Site (7:30 am to 9 am)

Can you mail me my packet?
Unfortunately, packets can only be picked up during the predetermined packet pick-up times, unless you registered for the Virtual Run.  Packets will be mailed to Virtual registrants only. Virtual packets will be mailed out the week of October 22.

Are there age group awards?
Yes.  There are age group awards for both distances.

* 1st-3rd Overall Male and Female

* 1st-3rd Overall Male and Female Masters (40+)

* The Top 3 Male and Female in the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over

Do I need to stay for the Awards Ceremony?
It’s nice to stick around and see who won, but it’s not required. If you are eligible for an award, and you are not able to stay for the Awards Ceremony, please contact the Awards Manager at the Results Tent to pick up your award. Unfortunately, we cannot mail awards at this time.

Is the race open to walkers?
Yes, however, please be courteous of others and start at the back of the pack as to avoid any collisions.  Also, please adhere to the 2-hour course time limit.

Will participants receive a finisher medal?
Yes, Both 5K and 10K finishers will receive a medal.

Do you allow MP3 Players and music devices?
Yes. Music devices are allowed; however, we ask that you be alert and aware of your surroundings.

Will you email me information closer to the event?
Yes, we will start to email updates one month prior to the event. Please make sure you are checking your spam box as it is possible your security settings don’t allow our emails to go to your inbox.

Is there an age minimum or maximum?
No, the race is open to all ages as long as the participant can run or walk on their own. Due to some narrow pathways on the course, strollers are discouraged. If you do participate with a stroller, we ask that wheelchairs, strollers, and walkers start at the back of the pack to avoid any collisions.

I can’t run. Can I still get my packet? 
Yes, please stop by the pre-race packet pick-up location to get your bib and t-shirt.

I can’t run. Can I get a refund or transfer my entry?
Unfortunately, all participant entries are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Want to track where your friend or family is on the course?
You can download the free app “Find my Friends” through the app store on your mobile device.

Is the course flat or hilly?
The course is flat. The running surface is asphalt and cement.

If I arrive late, can I start and run the course anyway? 
Runners will NOT be allowed to start after 9:10 a.m.

Is there medical help available on the course?
We will have sports trainers on the course to assist those that need assistance.

What sports drink will you be serving?
Gatorade will be available on the course and at the Finish Line.

Can non-participants eat and drink the food available in the Food Tent?
The post-race food is generally meant for people who paid to be in the event. Please be respectful of this and the runners who need to rehydrate and replenish after the race. Vendors and sponsors will have sample foods and beverages available to both runners and spectators.

How do I find out how I did?
Results will be posted in the Results Tent as they are available. Results will list all finishers, and their time and their rank.  You may also visit for race results.

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