By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013
Longtime runner Jeannie Seidel of Claremore, one of the ultimate runners in the Wings’ Will Rogers Memorial 5K Run, signs in with Sherry Whisler, Will Rogers Memorial Museums Roper (docent), at last year’s event. She placed first in the 55-59 age group. Seidel’s grandson, Kort, 8, ran the 1K Fun Run, his first-ever run. Her daughter-in-law, Nikki, ran in the 5K. Seidel teaches physical education and health at Claremore’s Catalayah Elementary and has started a running club, which has grown to more than a hundred students. Some of them will likely be in the Will Rogers Memorial Race.
It’s time to lace up the running shoes for the 4th annual Will Rogers Memorial Race, which will take runners through the scenic Rogers State University Nature Reserve.
A USATF certified and sanctioned run, the race will be Saturday, April 13. Starting time for a 5K race through the Reserve will be 8 a.m. The 1K Fun Run will start at 8:05 through the University campus streets.
Registration is free to Wings members (Cherokee Nation sponsored racing group) if registration is completed by April 3. Pre-registration for the 5K is $15, $20 on race day. Pre-registration for the 1K Fun Run is $10, $15 on race day. Proceeds from race entries benefit Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Checks for race entries should be made payable to Will Rogers Heritage Inc.
Wings is sponsored by the Healthy Nation Program. The goal of Wings is to promote and support a healthier lifestyle through physical activity, healthy eating and health education. There is no membership fee. Wings is open to all and you may sign up at any time during the year.
Race entry forms are available on the Cherokee Nation website, www.healthynation.cherokee.org/wings. They should be returned to Cherokee Nation Wings Program, P.O. Box 948, Tahlequah, OK 74465.
Packet pickup and race day registration (including T-shirts for the first 300 registered) will be inside the Museum and will close at 7:50 a.m. The race will begin and end at the RSU entrance directly across from the Museum. Parking is available at the Museum.
Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female standard age groups in a ceremony following the race. For additional information contact Misty Crittenden, (918) 575-6062 or eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.