If you love running in costume …
The Junior League of Norman is excited to announce the 6th Annual Monster Dash 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, November 3, 2012.
The race will take place at Journey Church located at 3801 Journey Parkway in Norman, off Tecumseh Road between I-35 and 36th Avenue NW. The USATF certified 5K will begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk at 9:00 a.m. There will be activities for the whole family including a costume contest, music, donor booths, and more! Register to run at www.juniorleagueofnorman.org.
JLN’s focus is to promote health and fitness for the citizens of Norman and the surrounding areas. This is a topic that is becoming increasingly more important in our community, particularly for our youth. JLN hopes to reach out to children in our community again this year and get them involved in this fun family event while promoting the importance of fitness.
All net proceeds will directly support the Junior League of Norman community projects, including Baby Steps, our program to help teen parents complete their high school education and Food for Kids, our food backpack program for needy middle school students. Donor support will help promote health and fitness in our community by allowing all children under the age of 12 to participate at no charge.
The Junior League of Norman is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
For more information, please call (405) 329-9617 or go to www.juniorleagueofnorman.org
Want to get sweaty in the middle of the day? Me too! Check out this cool event Friday:
The OKC Boathouse Foundation and runhers women’s association is partnering to celebrate National Run@Work Day, which encourages companies to take part in leading healthier and more active lifestyles in the OKC Metro. Companies of all sizes, non-profit organizations, running clubs, running events, running specialty stores, and individuals are all encouraged to come out to the Devon Boathouse on Friday, September 21, at 12:00pm – for a 30/45 minute run or walk out on the Beautiful Oklahoma River Trails. Refreshments will be available post run/walk.
Oklahoma City is now known nationally as a city on the rise. We need to continue on this path with healthier, more active workplaces and lifestyles. Research shows a fitter and healthier company/organization performs better at most everything they do. RUN@WORK Day is another important step in raising awareness about the importance of daily physical activity in workplaces all over the OKC Metro. “Rising healthcare costs has every business/organization’s attention,” says Sheila Kidder of runhers, “we have to activate and engage more people in active/healthier lifestyle at work and at home. This is critically important to individual quality of life, while reducing the consumption of health care dollars.”
“At the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, we believe that an active lifestyle is a key component to enhancing your quality of life,” said OKC Boathouse Foundation Executive Director Mike Knopp. “We invite everyone to come to the Oklahoma River to explore the trails and experience the fun that comes with having an active outdoor lifestyle. Run@Work Day is a great way to get started.”
About the OKC Boathouse Foundation
The OKC Boathouse Foundation promotes the use and development of the Oklahoma River as a world-class urban aquatic venue and provides access to rowing, kayaking and fitness programs for people of all ages and abilities. OKCBF programs pursue the highest goals of sports and embrace the principles of the Olympic spirit which inspire athletes to work toward personal excellence, embrace the power of teamwork, and practice respect for all people and the environment. To learn more or get involved, call (405) 552-4040 or visit okcbf.org, facebook.com/OklahomaCityRiversport or twitter.com/riversportokc.
This morning a friend and I headed out to the Oklahoma River trails, and I achieved a big goal.
I ran at race pace for 3 miles.
OK, so that doesn’t sound like a big deal? I basically have never been able to run at race pace for more than, like, 30 yards. I’m so proud! I have a ridiculously slow pace, and I’m not being modest. My husband photographed me cheerfully running while being passed by a walker during the 2011 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Yeah, you read that right. A walker. In fact, it was a walker wearing hiking boots. I’m so glad we memorialized that moment in time.
So I’ve had this goal in my head of what pace I’d like to run a half marathon at. It’s faster than I’ve done in the past, but maybe I could do it.
I’m registered for the Williams Route 66 Marathon half marathon run in Tulsa in November. I still have 65 days to go, but I realize I probably won’t be able to run at race pace the whole way. But maybe I could set a personal record. Could I? Could that even happen? I mean, I’ve only run two half marathons, so I’ve only got two races to beat. This is as good a time as any, I guess. And 3 miles at pace leaves me only 10.1 miles to go.
Here’s how things went Sept. 2.
Here’s the info from ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer:
Lace up your sneakers and join Urology Centers of Oklahoma, OPTIM Oncology and ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer for the Oklahoma City DASHFORDAD 1/2 Marathon, 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Walk on Saturday, September 8. The race is part of the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge, America’s premier men’s health event series, taking place in 34 cities in 2012.
“More than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone, including more than 2,500 in Oklahoma,” said Skip Lockwood, CEO of ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer. “The Great Prostate Cancer Challenge raises funds that are critical for increasing awareness and fighting the disease.” Urology Centers of Oklahoma is a group of urologists in the greater Oklahoma City area who have worked with ZERO over the last couple of years.
Last year, the inaugural DASHFORDAD was held at the Oklahoma River as a 5K race with good attendance. A half marathon was added this year mainly due to the efforts of Bill Snipes, past president and current board member of the Oklahoma Landrunners Club and a prostate cancer survivor himself.
To accommodate the half marathon, the race has moved to the Stars and Stripes Park at Lake Hefner and begins at 8 a.m. This is Oklahoma City’s ONLY fall half marathon. The DASHFORDAD Half Marathon is also a part of the OKC Running Club Series Race. Breakfast will be provided immediately following the race.
Funds raised from the race go to prostate cancer research, education, and free testing. ZERO provides comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk, and free testing to at-risk men around the country. ZERO also works to increase research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and better diagnostic tests for prostate cancer.
For more information, visit: http://greatprostatecancerchallenge.com/races/oklahoma-city/.