Lions Grand Dam Run set for April 6th
Last year’s Grand Dam Run, with the closing of pre-registration, far exceeded the organizers expectations. The South Grand Lake Lions Club’s most optimistic goal was for about 200 runners to compete in the event. They more than doubled that with over 500 registered participants. This year’s event is set for April 6th, with the 1K Fun Run getting underway at 8:00am and followed by the 5K run at 8:30am sharp.
The event will serve as an exercise activity for participants and as a fund raiser for the Lions and two of their primary projects; their scholarship program, benefiting area students and the Veteran’s Plaza, which was dedicated in Langley last year.
The annual event will feature medals from each race being presented to the top three finishers, both male and female, in each age group. The first 350 pre-registrants, prior to the March 27th registration deadline, will receive a commemorative T shirt
For the convenience of the participants and to eliminate registration congestion the day of the races, a preregistration pick-up opportunity has been established on April 5th at the First Christian Church in Langley from 4-6pm. Race day registration and pick-up will get underway Saturday morning at the same location at 7:00am.
As the name implies, part of the race route will take the participants across the top of the Pensacola Dam and reportedly last year was the first time a sanctioned run has shut down the dam in over thirty years. The 1K race will get underway from the Langley City Park at 8:00am. The park is located directly across the street from the Langley Post Office Building at the intersections of highway 28 and Cherokee Avenue.
Chairwoman Tiffany Green has been astounded by the interest the event has generated and is especially appreciative of the help being provided by a host of volunteers and corporate sponsors, who have stepped forward to lend a hand. She acknowledged Darrel Hicks for being responsible for parking all the cars and Roy Green and Deke Long for working with the Langley, Disney, Tijuana and Big Cabin Fire Departments to provide traffic control. She also pointed out the contributions of Virginia Gibson, who has worked tirelessly to insure the success of the event.
As with other events, corporate sponsors go a long way in assuring the success of any event. Sponsorships have been larger this year with the event attracting its first $1000 sponsor. Sun Heavy Haul, Serenity Hospice, Grand Lake Medical Park and others have come up big in the sponsorship department. Oklahoma State Bank plans to provide collapsible water bottle to the first 150 registrants and it’s not too late to step up and help out a worthy cause with a sponsorship.
For additional information visit the South Grand Lake Lion’s Club Fun Run page on Facebook, the Cherokee nation Wings web site at http://healthynation.cherokee.org/Wings.aspx or contact Tiffany Green at 918-244-0208 or contact Amy Devore (918) 915-0464 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is also available on line at http://wingsrun-granddamrun2013.eventbrite.com/