June is home to National Running Day. What better month go get out and run in a local race. Better yet, a local race may be a great way to enjoy the cooler temperatures that Oklahoma has been experiencing this year.
Night Time Race – Night races are a great way to beat the heat of those long summer days. This year The Full Moon 5K Run in Tulsa features a Fun Run and 5K Race followed by a glowing party in the park. Folks will be decked in neon, flashing or glowing garb. Awards go to the male and female “Most Glowing” run costume.
Celebrating Dad Race – Sunday, June 21st is Father’s Day. If you’re not sure what to get that special dad in your life, look no further, Dad’s Day 5K has got you covered.You can honor your Dad by entering his name and email address on the race Registration Form. An email will be delivered to him letting him know that you are running to honor him!
Something a Little Different Race – Are you looking for something a bit more challenging or different than a typical 5K road race? If so, check out the Riversport Challenge – Duathlon. This event is on its 6th year and a great way to become acquainted with the Oklahoma River. The first leg of this race is 500 meters either in a kayak or on a stand up paddleboard. The second leg is a 5K Run on the Oklahoma River Trails. Don’t worry about bringing your own life jacket or kayak cause they are provided by the race.
Running is a great way to better your health by increasing lung capacity and heart strength. However, all of that training and sweating often times takes place out doors and is building damage to the largest organ of your body, your skin. May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and with more than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed and 2.2 million people treated in the U.S. each year, it’s important for the Run Oklahoma community to be aware of prevention and early detection.
Run during hours when the sun is less intense. Generally it is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you train during those hours, find shady places to run.
Put sunscreen on before your running outfit, not at the race site. This will give it time to soak in, and keep you from applying it less thoroughly or forgetting it altogether because of pre-race excitement. Use an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen. Look for stick formulations, sport, or water-resistant versions.
Run in a hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Polarized lenses help beat the glare.
Always keep sunscreen in your race bag.
Have a friend posted somewhere in the second half of the race to hand you a small, one-use, wipe sunscreen (or keep a small packet in your pocket), so that you can reapply it to your face, neck and arms as you run. You can do that without really breaking stride. Sunscreen starts to lose effectiveness at about the two-hour mark, or even sooner if you are sweating heavily.
Before post-race festivities begin, reapply sunscreen, and give yourself a quick massage in the process to help relax your sore muscles.
Post-race clothes should include a lightweight but long-sleeve T-shirt and sweats. Darker colors offer ideal sun protection. Or opt for special sun-protective clothing.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone practice monthly head-to-toe self examination of their skin, so that they can find any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable. Learn about the warnings signs of skin cancer and what to look for during a self examination. If you spot anything suspicious, see a doctor.
Miles Against Melanoma – Race Discount
In September,Miles Against Melanomais hosting a 5K race and will have medical students from Stephenson Cancer Center available at the race to hand out sunscreen samples to all runners. For skin cancer awareness month, Miles Against Melanomahas offered a generous discount to the Run Oklahoma community. You can receive $10 off race registration now through June 1st with discount code RUNOKC. Sign up today and you have plenty of time to train to run your first or fastest 5K in September.
Miles Against Melanoma 5K
When: September 12th, 8:00 AM
Where: Mitch Park, Edmond
April is just around the corner and as many of you are aware April is the busiest running month in the Oklahoma City area. The Memorial Marathon and Redbud Classic are two HUGE racing events that can really over shadow some of the smaller, local events. So Run Oklahoma has decided to spot light some of the lesser known races happening around this state in the month of April. Check out a more expansive list on our Find a Race page.
Lowest Registration Fee – The Chickasaw Nation Rabbit Run 5Kwill be held on Saturday, April 11th at 8:30 AM CDT in Purcell, Oklahoma. This race will be timed. But best of all, registration is FREE! Paying $25 here and $30 there to race in 5K runs throughout the year can really start to take a toll on your wallet. So take advantage of the lowest registration we could find! Also, you can snag a FREE race t-shirt with online registration prior to Friday, March 27. That’s tomorrow, so act fast. Free fitness and clothes! What more could you ask for?
Most Overlooked– Stillwater is a great, small town with plenty of family entertainment to offer. However, it is a bit of a jaunt from the Oklahoma City area. So it’s no surprise that a 5K and 10K race through the Oklahoma State University campus may be overlooked with the many other events going on this month. If you’re looking for a middle distance run with smaller crowds and beautiful scenery than the Remember the Ten is the one for you.
Family Friendliest – If you have kids, you may find it difficult to get them excited about coming along with you on yet another race. Well theSuper Heroes Foster Run at Stars and Stripes Park has you both covered. Everyone is encouraged to dress in super hero inspired costumes and there will be inflatable bouncy houses, face painting, and food trucks to keep the whole family happy.
Get out this month and enjoy some local races and the beautiful spring weather!