History

The Tornados Running Club is celebrating 29 years in the Houston running community. It is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit running club. The club’s founder, Miguel Lopez, founded the Tornados in 1988. He led the club for 16 years. Miguel started running in 1985 at the age of 35, after years of cycling. Soon after his brothers joined him in the sport along with a few friends. And it was from the Lopez family and their friends that “the running family” – the Tornados Running Club was born.

Miguel chose the name Tornados because it symbolized speed and also carried a connotation of destruction! Although the club was predominantly Hispanic in the early years, it has evolved into a culturally diverse club, and welcomes runners of all abilities.

The club hosts two annual races. The XC Relay is part of the HARRA fall race series, and the Cinco de Mayo 5k Race. Proceeds from the 5k awards an educational Hispanic Scholarship to one high school senior. We are proud to give back to the community.