By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011
(L to R): Melissa Dick-Herriman, RCYPO Fundraising Chair; Kris Beyer, RCYPO Community Needs Chair; Kimberly Lopez, RCYPO Vice President; Cassie Woods, RCYPO Marketing Chair; Larry Herriman, RCYPO President; Marla Lillie, Claremore Public Schools Foundation; Todd Willhoite, Phyllis Snyder, Marty Quinn, Rod Henry, Amy Evans and Linda Ray, all Claremore Public Schools Foundation Board Trustees.
In early summer, balmy weather beckons us outdoors after months of hiding inside from inclement conditions. That makes scenic Claremore Lake Park the perfect setting for the 3rd annual June Bug Jog, an event designed to invigorate the community toward a goal of health and wellness.
“We have been pleased with the growth of the race and that so many individuals throughout the community are focused on their health and wellbeing,” says Melissa Dick-Herriman, Fundraising Chair of Rogers County Young Professionals Organization (RCYPO), the founding organization and sponsor of this event. “We had over 300 participants last year, and we look forward to seeing it continue to grow and encourage more people to get off the couch and get moving.”
The event will kick off on Saturday morning, June 11, at 8 a.m. for entrants who choose the 5K run and 8:15 a.m. for those who prefer the one-mile Fun Run. Most of those winding their away down and back around beautiful Claremore Lake will be runners and joggers, but the course is available to walkers, too. In addition, strollers and pets are allowed on the Fun Run, as long as the pets are leashed.
Time Line Results will chip-time the race, ensuring accuracy of results. First, second and third place in both male and female categories will be recognized in the 5K race, as well as the first three places in the standard age groups. Melissa also points out that Fleet Feet’s “Rogers County No Boundaries Couch-5K Program” uses the June Bug Jog as their graduation race.
Whether you want to enter the 5K or the Fun Run, the entry fee is $20 if you register before June 1. On-time registrants receive a free T-shirt and participant bag. After June 1, the registration fee is $25. One runner under the age of 16 per paying adult can register free for the races. If you would like to preregister for this event, visit www.junebugjog.com.
Registration will also be available at the event, with T-shirts available for $5 on a first come, first served basis. Pre-registration is also available through Get Me Registered and in person at Fleet Feet.
As always, a portion of the proceeds from the June Bug Jog will go to help the Claremore Public Schools Foundation. Last year, RCYPO was happy to present the foundation with $1,500 raised from this event, and Melissa hopes to exceed that amount this year. “We are proud to be partners in this event with the Claremore Public Schools Foundation to help them in their efforts to provide teachers and schools with materials, equipment, field trips and help with other special projects,” Melissa says. “We look forward to this being a long-lasting relationship.”
For more information about the June Bug Jog, contact Melissa Dick-Herriman of the Rogers County Young Professionals Organization at (918) 899-9138.