By Darla Shelden
Oklahoma’s debut Equality Run 5k/10k/1 Mile Fun Run event benefitting the Cimarron Alliance will be held on Saturday, June 29 at Lake Hefner’s Stars & Stripes Park, in Oklahoma City. The event takes place from 8 – 11 a.m.
The inaugural race theme is “Carrying the Torch for Equality.”
“The Equality Run is for everyone regardless of abilities, race, national origin, color, age, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation,” said Joshua Sauer, Equality Run Race Director. “Some will cross the finish line in a wheel chair, some will walk, and some will run. I want everyone, of every background, to attend and support this race.”
Opening ceremonies and start of the 5K/10K will take place at 8 a.m. Immediately following, the untimed 1-Mile Fun Run will begin.
“If you are new to racing, we will have multiple “experts” on-site that can discuss with you about anything race related,” said Sauer. “These folks will consist of veteran runners, personal trainers, and yoga instructors.”
Official results will be kept for USA Track & Field (USATF) approved age groups. No prize money will be awarded. Results will be posted online following the event. ChronoTrack timing will be provided by Timeline Results Inc.
Kids 1-Mile Fun Run includes complimentary participant refreshers and is USATF Certified. Dogs on leashes will be allowed on the 1-mile Fun Run.
All participants will receive an official race t-shirt. All 5K/10K Run finishers will each receive a commemorative medal.
Event sponsors include OKCEstateSales.com; Marlo A. Miller, D.D.S.; Diversity Business Association; Cox Communications; The Gayly; Fusion Fitness and Yoga; SAFE: Student Alliance for Equality; The Referral Center; Iguana Mexican Grill; Gaming Capitol Group; and Allyson Coffey, Farmer’s Insurance.
“If Oklahoma City is to become the “major league city” it has the potential to be, we must first demonstrate an unwavering commitment to true equality in our state,” said Scott Hamilton, Cimarron Alliance Executive Director.
“Your participation in the 2013 Equality Run will truly enable you to be an agent of change,” Hamilton added. “Change for today and change for generations to come.”
The event will include an equality themed Inspiration Course Art Exhibit, which will be shown before, during and after the race. Cimarron Alliance Board members will select works to be displayed at the Equality Center. Other art will be auctioned off to support the Center.
Registration fee for the 5k Timed Race is $30, the 10K costs $35, and the 1-Mile Fun Run is $15 until June 25, when online registration will close at midnight. All contributions are tax deductible.
Register can continue to be made in person at race packet pickup locations and on race day.
Race packets can be picked up on Wed., June 26 at Fushion Fitness Yoga, 232 E. Main, in Norman. On Thurs. and Fri., June 27 and 28 they will be available at the Cimarron Alliance Equality Center, 5613 N. May in Oklahoma City.
Late (after June 25) and day-of registration will take place from 6 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. Fees will increase to $45 for the 5KTimed Race and $50 for the 10K Timed Race. The Kids 1 Mile Fun Run registration fee will remain $15. T-shirts may not be available for late day-of registrants.
“We must continue to persevere. We must continue to fight. We must continue to push on. It’s not about finishing first; it’s about finishing. It’s all about Carrying the Torch for Equality,” Sauer said.
Organizers are looking for event volunteers, who are needed to work minimum four hour shifts. Each volunteer will receive free food and a race t-shirt.
For more information, to volunteer or to submit artwork, contact Joshua Sauer at [email protected] To register, visit www.equalityrunok.com.