By: Susan Erler | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: May 2010
The June Bug Jog, hosted by the Rogers County Young Professionals Organization, takes place June 12 at Claremore Lake Park.
June is a great month for an afternoon picnic. It is also a great month to barbeque with friends and family, take a long walk in the park and enjoy ice cream with your closest friend. This year, June is also an ideal month for something else! It is the perfect time to get off the couch and take a morning jog with the Rogers County Young Professionals Organization (RCYPO) during their 2nd Annual June Bug Jog. Members of this exciting group are striving to promote health and wellness throughout the community with this fun event. Entrants get to choose between a 5K run that begins at 8 a.m. and a one-mile fun run, which will begin at 8:15 a.m.
The June Bug Jog is scheduled for Saturday, June 12 at Claremore Lake Park, located on East Blue Starr Drive in Claremore. The down and back course will wind its way around beautiful Claremore Lake. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Claremore Public Schools Foundation. The 5K will be chip-timed by Time Line Results, and both races are walker-friendly. Strollers and pets are allowed only in the one-mile fun run, and all pets must be on a leash.
Both events require a $20 entry fee (if registered before June 1, 2010), which includes a free shirt and participant bag. Registrations received after June 1 will be charged an additional $5. Only those who pre-register by June 1 will be guaranteed a T-shirt. Runners under 16 can run free with a paid adult, with a limit of one free runner per paid adult. Those running free can acquire a T-shirt by paying $5 at the time of race registration.
For those wishing to preregister for the race, you can visit www.junebugjog.com, or you can mail your registration form and payment to RCYPO, P.O. Box 461, Claremore, OK 74018. All mailed registration forms must be received prior to June 10, 2010. Registration will be available race day, but note that no refunds will be made.
Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers in the 5K. The top three finishers in standard age groups will also be recognized.
Melissa Herriman, chairperson for this event, is excited about the race this year. “We had 132 runners last year, and we were thrilled with the turnout!” says Melissa. “Of course, we are hoping to have twice as many this year – we would be really happy with that.”
Melissa is also the fundraising chairman for RCYPO. “We are an organization that provides an avenue for networking, professional development, community service and social activities for young professionals and those early in their career,” explains Melissa. “We encourage members to get involved, have influence, and make a difference in our community.”
The organization gives members the opportunity to immediately start making a difference in their own life and in the lives of others. They help those that wish to grow professionally, establish a business network, make friends, share insights, and make the community a better place. RCYPO also helps members by providing resources and support.
Aside from the social networking and professional development events, the group organizes and promotes two other events each year. In addition to the June Bug Jog, they host the Amazing Race for Charity (September 25, benefitting the Special Olympics) and a poker tournament.
For more information about joining the Rogers County Young Professionals Organization or about the June Bug Jog, contact Melissa Herriman at (918) 899-9138.