More news for the runners, courtesy of the folks down in Lawton and Comanche County:
On Oct. 2, join chief running officer of “Runner’s World Magazine“, Bart Yasso, for “Lunch With a Legend”. Yasso has been a senior executive with the company for more than 30 years and has been dubbed “The Mayor of Running”. He has run marathons on ALL seven (7) continents and will host a motivational luncheon at the Best Western Hotel in Lawton. The cost of admission to attend “Never Limit Where Running Can Take You” is $25.
The Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma (Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Lawton, Duncan Regional Hospital, Duncan, and Jackson County Memorial Hospital, Altus) are pleased to announce the new and improved Fourth Annual Spirit of Survival Marathon will be located on Fort Sill at Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area (LETRA). The event features five USA Track and Field (USATF) certified races. The SOS is the only marathon to run through one of the nation’s 547 Wildlife Refuges, offering the opportunity to observe wildlife in its natural environment. Three of the five following certified races run almost entirely through the 60,000-acre Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
- 26.2 mile Mountain Marathon (Boston Marathon qualifier)
- 13.1 mile Holy Half Marathon
- Deer Creek Canyon 10K
- Lake Elmer Thomas 5K
- Mount Scott 5K – Run up Mount Scott, a paved road to the third highest elevation in Oklahoma with a scenic overlook of one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth
All races USATF sanctioned certified with ChampionChip timing.
The event also provides two additional non-competitive events for the family, as well as those who wish to experience the beautiful untouched scenery of southwest Oklahoma at a slower pace:
- 5K Spirit Walk and Family Fun Run
- Super Kid’s Marathon (26.2 miles total, 1.2 miles on race day)
Last year’s SOS hosted nearly 10,000 visitors from 25 different states. In just three years, the event has raised nearly $100,000 which has helped in the construction of brand new cancer centers in Altus and Duncan which opened in Fall 2008 and are currently completing the $10 million, 23,000 square foot facility in Lawton.
Now in its fourth year, the SOS has attracted the attention of the running world and this year’s event will feature none other than Runner’s Worlds’ own, Bart Yasso. Yasso, chief running officer for Runner’s World, has been a senior executive with the company for more than 30 years and has been dubbed the “Mayor of Running.” Yasso has traveled the world, running marathons on all seven continents and made a living doing what he loves.
For registration information, or to see race maps and elevations, go to www.spiritofsurvival.com