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Oklahoma Aquarium Run Set for April 11

The 11th Aquarium Run will be on held the 11th of April this year. With a growing increase in registrants each year, the Oklahoma Aquarium is eager to host this year’s annual run, which starts and ends at the Aquarium and travels though Jenks and South Tulsa. Proceeds from the Run directly benefit our children and community as a whole through the Aquarium’s educational programs and exhibits.

 The Aquarium Run features a half--‐marathon, 10k, 5k and 1--‐mile fun run/walk. Registration is now open online at www.okaquarium.org. Races are followed by activities and awards, and registration includes free race--‐day Aquarium admission. Plus, a kids’ zone is available for participating families.

 For more information or if interested in sponsorships, please call 918‐528‐1507 or email events@okaquarium.org. 

Ninth Annual Williams Route 66 Marathon

About 11,000 participants from across the globe will hit the pavement Nov. 22 and 23, 2014, for the ninth annual Williams Route 66 Marathon presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. In addition to the five-million-dollar economic impact the marathon weekend brings to Tulsa, the marathon is matching the first $25,000 raised by its participants in support of local charities resulting in more than $50,000 in donations to five local charities: Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Folds of Honor Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Oklahoma Chapter, Tulsa Area United Way and Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

 “Giving back is at the core of our event,” said Executive Director Chris Lieberman. “It is important to our participants and important to our organization. We couldn’t be happier to announce that, together with our participants, the 2014 Williams Route 66 Marathon will raise more than $50,000 for five great charities that do so much for our community.” 

 Also new this year is a slight change to the marathon and half-marathon race courses. Due to construction, runners will move off Riverside Drive from 34th Street to 21st Street and run on Cincinnati through the Maple Ridge district. Visit the route66marathon.com for full course maps.

 Williams Route 66 Marathon organizers are anticipating about 11,000 total runners in the five races. As of Nov. 13, participants from every state, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Belgium, and Mexico are registered.

 On Saturday, Nov. 22, the 5-kilometer run/walk (3.1 miles) begins at 8 a.m. The one-mile fun run/walk is set for 9 a.m., and the Mascot Dash begins at 9:30 a.m. All Saturday races will start and finish at Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District.

 On Sunday, Nov. 23, the marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles) and marathon relay (3 to 5-person team completes 26.2 miles) all begin at 8 a.m. All Sunday races will start at E. Seventh and S. Main streets and finish at Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District.

 “No matter which event you participate in, you’ll get a medal,” Lieberman said. “We love providing this memorable keepsake for every runner as well as volunteers. This year’s medal is designed based on the iconic Cadillac hood ornament and people just love it."

 The Williams Route 66 Marathon Health, Fitness and Sustainability Expo is set for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Cox Business Center. Packet pickup for all participants and volunteers is located at the expo, which is the largest of its kind in northeastern Oklahoma. The two-day expo is free, open to the public and features more than 70 vendors of health and wellness products and services. Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World and creator of Yasso 800s, a well-known marathon training technique, will be on site visiting with runners.  

 The Williams Route 66 Marathon is committed to sustainability and is the only event in Oklahoma to earn the ReSport Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS) for its green practices. This year, the Williams Route 66 Marathon is taking it a step further by eyeing their first-ever Silver Certification from the CRS. Participants will find recycling stations throughout the Expo and along the course and composting stations at the finish line. 

 “Sustainability is more than just respecting our environment and natural resources, it’s about smart and efficient business practices,” said Assistant Executive Director Kim Hann. “Our sponsors, runners and volunteers appreciate that we have a clean operation and the Marathon just works better with sustainability in mind. We are proud to be the only event in Oklahoma with CRS certification and we are eager to improve our operations even more.”

 As part of the green effort, event organizers have kicked off a Run & Recycle program. Anyone can donate gently used men’s, women’s and children’s running shoes, which will be given to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless and YWCA Tulsa. A donation box will be near the information desk at the Health, Fitness and Sustainability Expo.

 About the Williams Route 66 Marathon

The ninth annual Williams Route 66 Marathon weekend, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, is set for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23, 2014 in Tulsa, Okla. The Williams Route 66 Marathon weekend includes the two-day Health, Fitness and Sustainability Expo, marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K run and walk, and a one-mile fun run and walk, and the ever-popular mascot dash. Post-race activities at Tulsa’s Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District include music, a car show and fun for the entire family. For more information visit www.route66marathon.com.

2014 Race for the Cure

It is about that time of year, when women across Tulsa lace up their running shoes for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.   This year’s race will be held on Saturday, September 27th at ONEOK Field.  Registration for the Run begins at 6am with the first run kicking off at 7:30 am. To  register for the race or make a donation, visit the Tulsa Susan G. Komen website at komentulsa.orgAbout Susan G. KomenSusan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.Though Susan lost her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Komen for the Cure is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since its inception in 1982. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of 120 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.Susan G. Komen Tulsa On the local level, the Komen Tulsa Affiliate works to reduce breast cancer in Tulsa County by funding education, screening and treatment programs with an emphasis on the medically underserved. In 2013, with the help of the community in such events as the Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure, they raised over $1 million. The organization continues to grow and act as a caring resource for local women and their families.The Tulsa Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure began in 1997 with the first Race for the Cure. That year they granted $71,655 to local organizations to provide services to the uninsured and underinsured women in Tulsa County and $25,551 to fund scientific research. In 2013, over $1,000,000 was raised from the Race and other fundraising events and over $700,000 was granted to community outreach programs and scientific research. Since 1997 we have granted over $7 million to fund scientific research, education and screening programs in our community.Local grant recipients include Oklahoma Project Women, Morton Comprehensive Health Center, Good Samaritan Health Services and Stigler Health and Wellness Center

For more information on race registration or to make a donation visit komentulsa.org

Bike the Mother Road for MS

Bike MS is a series of 100 extraordinary cycling events across the county — rides that will take you further than you’ve ever gone before. It’s not the miles that matter — it’s the unforgettable journey. Bike MS will be riding through Oklahoma Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st. To register for the event visit bikemsok.orgJoin us for an event that’s more than a ride — it’s anticipation, camaraderie, personal accomplishment, and the knowledge that you’re changing lives… making every mile that much sweeter. As a great personal challenge and achievement that any rider can experience, Bike MS is both a weekend-long and lifelong opportunity to make a difference in your own life, and in the world. You’ll travel through the byways and highways of Central Oklahoma encountering nostalgia of the first highway linking the Midwest to the West Coast. Chandler is the place to be!In 2014, the event will use the Agri-Civic Center in Chandler, OK as it’s central hub. The ride will start, overnight, and end both days in Chandler. Bike MS teams can set up their tent in the Team Village for the entire weekend. Indoor and outdoor camping facilities are also available in our fabulous overnight location and if camping isn’t for you or your team, our Accommodations listing features partnered hotels.Your participation will aid in assisting support programs, services, and research that makes a huge difference to the people who must fight MS every day of their lives.The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to a vision of a world free of MS.Date(s):  Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21, 2014  Start/Finish Location:  Lincoln County Agri-Civic Center (directions) 1179 W. 15th St. Chandler, OK  Registration Fee:  $25 — March 18th through June 1st$50 — After June 1st  Fundraising Minimum:  $300 — The minimum $300 fundraising requirement is due by the day of the ride in order to participate.  Route Options:  View our 2014 Route Maps  Age Minimum*:  Riders must be 12 years old on or before September 20th, 2014. *Riders 17 years old and younger must have a signed and notarized Waiver Form before a rider packet can be picked up.  If you would like more information about the event contact Sarah Flowers by email at Sarah.Flowers@nmss.org, by phone at  918-770-7266 or online at bikemsok.org

The Aporkalypse Cometh

Forget saving your brains…save your ribs! On Saturday, September 13, SMG Special Events and the BOK Center bring you the event of the summer. Rib-eating zombies ready to dash to the finish line will overtake downtown for The Aporkalypse Fun Run and 5K starting at 7 p.m. from the corner 3rd Street and Denver Avenue. The run is part of the annual Rib Crib’s Rock ‘n Rib Festival at the BOK Center.

 The Aporkalypse brings a unique twist to the popular zombie runs by encouraging runners to channel their inner-zombie by dressing up as a zombie. The test then comes with the “Pig Out Challenge”, a series of check points throughout the race where competitors must eat ribs and sides and drink beer (for runners who are of legal drinking age).

 “We are excited about the addition of the Aporkalypse Fun Run and 5K to Rib Crib’s Rock ‘n Rib Festival. We know this one-of-a-kind race will bring runners and spectators alike to downtown for a lot of fun and great food." - Jeff Nickler, General Manager, SMG Tulsa

 The Aporkalypse is part of Rib Crib’s Rock ‘n Rib Festival, open September 11 – 14. The Festival opens at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 11 for lunch in downtown Tulsa and runs through Sunday afternoon. The event features four days of championship barbecue, mouth-watering concessions, cooking demonstrations, a kid’s zone, and performances by many regional bands on the ONEOK Outdoor Stage. Admission to the festival is free - all day, every day.

 To register for the Aporkalypse Fun Run & 5k, visit www.fleetfeettulsa.com or www.getsaucedtulsa.com. Questions or other inquiries about the Aporkalypse Fun Run and 5K or other SMG special events can be directed to Brian Smith, Special Events Manager at (918) 894-4268 or bsmith@smgtulsa.com.  

 The SMG Special Events department was created shortly after the opening of the BOK Center with the goal of producing events and festivals that appeal to multiple demographics, provide high-quality yet affordable entertainment while enhancing the community spirit and revitalization taking place in downtown Tulsa. SMG Special Events produces numerous events throughout the year including: Arvest Winterfest, Rib Crib’s Rock ‘n Rib Festival, OK! Play, Literature Live Theatre Series, High School Hoops Showcase and Wingapalooza. SMG Special Events welcomes more than 200,000 visitors to downtown Tulsa annually.

Cost to register for the run is 5K: $25/person,  Fun Run: $15/person,  Pig Out Challenge: $30/person (Prices will increase on Aug. 1). Sign up now at www.getsaucedtulsa.com

Arm Wrestling Tournament Raises Funds for Local Arts

Tulsa Art Spot hosts its inaugural event to support the Tulsa Arts scene. Tulsa Art Spot invites arm wrestlers of all levels to compete in a friendly match to raise funds and awareness for the organization. Arms for Arts is held on August 1, 9pm at Elote Café and Catering, 514 S. Boston, Tulsa. Wrestlers pay an entry of $20 per arm; enter in advance by visiting www.armsforarts.eventbrite.com to guarantee your spot. Walk-ins will be slotted as space allows.

 “Arms For Arts,” promises to be an exciting completion amongst arm wrestlers of all capabilities*. The event is open to the public (children until 11pm) and will have several weight classes. Between matches, wrestlers and spectators can take advantage of Elote’s famous karaoke night and delicious nacho bar. All proceeds will benefit the Tulsa Art Spot.

 About Tulsa Art Spot

Tulsa Art Spot began as a blog created as a way to promote Tulsa arts; it has grown into a community organization with the mission to promote local arts in the Tulsa area through education, empowering artists and art organizations and providing exposure for the Tulsa area arts community locally, regionally and nationally.. Tulsa Art Spot is currently a subordinate organization of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa.

*Professional arm wrestlers are ineligible to participate.

 

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