Runners take to the 5K and Fun Walk course during the 2015 Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival. On-line registration ends Sept. 16, but participants may register on-site the day of the event, Saturday, Sept. 30.
TISHOMINGO, Okla. – On-line registration for the 57th Annual Chickasaw Meeting and 29th Festival 5K and Fun Run concludes Sept. 16, however runners may register the morning of the races, Chickasaw Nation Health Promotion Coordinator Beth Cartwright announced.
“The Annual Meeting and Festival 5K and Fun Run are very popular and we expect a lot of participation,” Cartwright said. Race registration on-site begins at 7:15 a.m. Sept.30, at Refuge Road beside Tishomingo High School, located at 1300 E. Main Street.
It is one of the preliminary events scheduled during a week packed with activities for the whole family. The one-mile fun walk begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K kicks off at 8:30 a.m. The event is open to the public at no charge.
“We want both individuals and families to participate. Doing the 5K or Fun Walk as a family is easier and allows families to enjoy it together. You can walk, jog or run in the 5K. It’s pretty high-energy and exciting. We will have a ton of people there as cheerleaders,” Cartwright said.
The course takes runners and walkers through portions of the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge.
“The course is predominantly flat and doesn’t have many hills,” Cartwright said. “The scenery is beautiful. It will be an enjoyable activity for everyone.”
The event is on a certified course and the race is sanctioned by the USA Track and Field Organization (USATF), Cartwright stated.
Awards for 5KRun/Walk will be awarded in each of the standard USATF categories. Participation medals will be given to all participants age 12 and under.
A first-aid tent, bottled water and a “refueling” station with fruit and granola bars will be available for participants.
Officials asked pets be left at home.
For more information, contact Cartwright at ChickasawRun@gmail.com or call the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival Office at (580) 371-2040.