Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 21, 2014

A new family-friendly series of four races kicks off March 1 in Kyle.

The Plum Creek Challenge Race Series features races in March, May, July and October. Organizers hope to add more events in the future to keep people motivated to stay active throughout the year.

"We already have some great races here in Plum Creek that draw elite runners and families from outside of the neighborhood because they enjoy our closed courses and the difficulty of the courses themselves," race coordinator Jennifer Crosby said in a press release. "But if you don’t have a natural progression for people to sign up for future races, then that momentum is lost. That’s why we created the Plum Creek Challenge, to keep people coming to the starting lines. It’s not about honing elite athletes – it’s about getting people out and about, and building a more active, healthier community."

Here’s the current lineup:March 1, Negley 5K/3K/1K. Originally intended for elementary school students, but parents and others in the community have begun participating in the annual race.May 18, Front Porch Days 5K/10K/3K/1K. Part of Plum Creek’s annual Front Porch Days, which celebrates the coming of summer and the community spirit of the neighborhood.July 4, Popsicle Run 4 mile/3K/1K. A new race in conjunction with Plum Creek’s 4th of July Parade, Picnic and Fireworks Show.Oct. 11, Hootenanny on the Hill 10K/5K/3K/1K Fun Run. Part of Plum Creek’s annual Halloween and fall celebration.

The challenge is divided into four divisions - the long track or short track for adults, and the long track or short track for children. Finisher medals and long-sleeved T-shirts will be awarded to everyone who finishes all four races. An overall adult male and female series champion will be named, too.

Registration for all four races is $70 for the adult long track (5K, 10K, 4 mile and 10K); $50 for the adult short track (5K, 5K, 4 mile and 5K); or $30 for the kids long (3Ks) or short (1K) track.

Plum Creek is located 20 minutes south of downtown Austin along the Interstate 35 corridor.

To register go to http://tinyurl.com/mtrkltw.