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Zombie Run at The Castle of Muskogee

The Castle in Muskogee will host a thrilling Zombie Run on Saturday, September 12. Registration begins at 1pm with races starting at 3pm. 

If you are looking for an exhilarating trail run through zombie-infested territory, this event is for you! The Castle of Muskogee is proud to once again sponsor The Zombie Run for charity – this year; the event benefits The American Cancer Society. While the zombie stuff is fun to pretend about, there are real crises in our community and we support the organizations that stand ready to help.  

Dust off your shoes and get ready to run for your life! The race will be a “fun run” with obstacles and very hungry zombies pursuing the runners as they wind through the Castle’s 60-acre domain. Runners will test their skill at out-maneuvering the undead, while climbing over debris, crawling through mud, and scrambling through various obstacles scattered in the field and forest. The one-of-a-kind features of The Castle grounds will provide a challenging adrenaline rush like no other for runners of all skill levels. Registered runners receive a commemorative t-shirt, a Run medallion, a FREE ticket to the Halloween Festival, a FREE drink ticket, and rewards from our sponsors! 

On race day, registration begins at 1pm, heats begin at 3pm, and run until 6pm. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on site from 1-5pm for a blood drive. There will be a massive inflatable obstacle course on the front lawn for kids ages 5 and up. The “Paint the Town Dead” party goes until 8pm with music and dancing, games, and vendors offering food, drink, and merchandise. We end our night with fireworks in true Castle style. Discounted registration is available online until August 31st, and participants can register at higher rates until 4pm on race day. 

Can’t get enough zombies in just one night? Join us at The Castle of Muskogee for the Halloween Festival, opening Friday October 2nd and running every Friday and Saturday night in October. Tickets are available online now! 

For registration, information about the course, the rules, lodging options, and our sponsor links, go to

Tulsa Rainbow Run

Tulsa Pride Weekend held June 6 & 7 will have an extra event for the second year, the Rainbow Run.  The Rainbow Run will be held on June 7. The Rainbow run will benefit Oklahomans for Equality whose mission is to seek equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals, and families through advocacy, education, programs and alliances. 

The Rainbow Run will offer a 5k USTAF certified run & a ½ mile fun run.  The run will route through the East Village ending in Centennial Park.  The ½  mile fun run will begin at 9:00 with the 5K starting at 10:00 and the costume contest and awards ceremony around 11:00

There will be prizes awarded in the 1K fun run for the best race costume, best running heels and best pet costume.  Dogs are welcome in the fun run as well as strollers and children. 

All runners and their families are invited to stay after the run and participate in the Pride Picnic festivities held at Centennial Park starting at noon.  More information on the picnic can be found at

The Rainbow Run is being presented by Tulsa Pride, OKEQ, Mad Chicks Marketing and Design & Speakeasy Market  Strategies.  

Tattooed seniors answer question: What happens when you're older?

People often wonder before sitting down to get a tattoo what it will look like down the road.  

>> MORE PHOTOS: Incredible seniors who prove that age is just a number

Below are photos collected from social media of seniors who wear their tattoos with pride:


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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 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 

Smart Phone Seminar at Forest Hills Senior Community

Tired of not knowing how to use your iPhone or Android phone features?

Forest Hills Senior Community will host a “How to Use Your Phone” seminar on Thursday, January 29th at 6:30pm, hosted by the experts at Verizon Wireless at the Tulsa Hills.

Forest Hills Senior Community is located at 4304 W Houston St Broken Arrow, OK. The event will feature drawings for prizes for attendees. Please RSVP by January 27th by calling 918.250.1700

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 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

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

Lace up your running shoes on Saturday, December 13th for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. The run will begin at the BOK Center (200 S. Denver Ave.). Registration will begin at 8am and the first walk will kick off at 9am followed by the 5k Run at 10am. Registration is only $25 and includes an event Tshirt.

 Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to fight arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. This is a sanctioned event. Arthritis affects 50 million adults and 300,000 children.  In Oklahoma, 820,000 adults and 3,500 children suffer from arthritis. The disease claims the lives of nearly 10,000 people each year. The prevalence of arthritis or chronic joint symptoms is surging, currently affecting approximately 50 million (one in five) Americans.

 For more details or to register for the event, visit

Fight the Flu Clinic

Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, Inc. (IHCRC) will be hosting its third annual Fight the Flu Clinic on Saturday, October 4th from 9:00am-12:00pm at 550 S. Peoria Avenue in Tulsa. IHCRC is pleased once again to partner with the Oklahoma Caring Van, a program of the Oklahoma Caring Foundation, to provide preventive care for  those in need.

Flu season is quickly approaching; typically starting in November. Children and older adults are the most susceptible to catching the virus, especially from seemingly healthy individuals who happen to be a “carrier.” Therefore, the best way to prevent seasonal flu in your household is by getting your entire family vaccinated.

 IHCRC is assisting established patients with the vaccination process by providing flu shots in a convenient setting. Patients can easily drive-thru to get checked-in and then receive their flu vaccination without ever having to leave their vehicle. The Oklahoma Caring Van will also be on-site to provide flu shots to individuals who are not IHCRC established patients. Together the two organizations hope to help prevent seasonal flu and improve the health of all Tulsans.

 Participants should enter the north parking lot from the west side of the building for check-in prior to receiving flu shots. For questions or for more information regarding the Fight the Flu Clinic please call IHCRC at (918) 588-1900.

Oklahoma Beef Council Promotes Pre-Labor Day Blood Donation

Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) encourages blood donors to “beef up” the blood supply prior to the Labor Day holiday. Anyone who gives blood at any OBI donor center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, will receive an all-beef hot dog, courtesy of Oklahoma Beef Council. K95.5 Today’s Country will broadcast live from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at OBI’s Tulsa Donor Center, 4601 E. 81st St.Each donor will receive a choice of an OBI 2014 OU or OSU donor T-shirt, along with free health screenings and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2014 Bedlam football game to be played on Dec. 6.(1)  Donors at the Tulsa Donor Center also have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Eric Church concert featuring special guests Dwight Yoakam and Brandy Clark at BOK Center, Nov. 1, courtesy of K95.5 Today’s Country.Holiday weekends, like Labor Day weekend, often lead to a decline in blood donations, according to Dr. John Armitage, OBI President and CEO. “This can put the lives of Oklahomans in jeopardy. Although we have fun with this event, saving lives of our family, friends and neighbors is a serious matter.  We are grateful for our partners and donors who have taken time before this holiday weekend to help beef up the blood supply.”OBI provides every drop of blood used by more than 150 medical facilities throughout Oklahoma. For location information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 1-877-340-8777.Since there is no substitute for human blood, and supplies must be constantly renewed, the need for donation is great.  According to America’s Blood Centers, one in three people will need blood during a lifetime.  However, of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., less than ten percent actually donate each year.  Anyone 16 years and older can donate (2) and blood donation generally takes only about one hour and can be done as often as every 56 days. Each blood donor can save the lives of up to three Oklahomans. 

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

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