Are you looking for a way to burn off all that food you will be eating on Thanksgiving Day or just looking for an excuse to wear a turkey costume? Either way, a Turkey Trot is for you! Check out the list of Turkey Trots happening around the state of Oklahoma this year. Do you have any other Turkey Trots to add to this list?
WHEN: Thursday, November 24th @ 8:30AM
WHERE: Pickard Ave. – East of the Norman High School Football Stadium Norman, OK
WHAT: 5km starts at 8:30am
Fun run & walk starts at 9:30am
Strollers and leashed animals are welcome.
WHEN: Friday, November 25th @ 8:30AM
WHERE: BOK CENTER, Downtown Tulsa
WHAT: 5km starts at 8:30am
Fun run & walk starts at 9:30am
All finishers receive a finisher medal!
Race Day Registration opens at 7:30am
Running with a club, group, or just your best friend can have immeasurable benefits like keeping you motivated, providing accountability, help improve speed and keep you safe. Or if you’re just looking for a way to get started a club can be a great way to demystify running, training, and racing. Whatever your reason, check out a local running club near you.
Often times running stores will host training groups or just weekly fun runs and those can be a great way to meet new running friends. Check out the websites for these Oklahoma running stores to more information about specific training groups.
100 S. Mississippi Ave.
Ada, OK 74820 Map
3209 S. Broadway
Edmond, OK 73013 Map
3720 W. Robinson St.
Norman, OK 73072 Map
Okay, guys. So if you don’t know, November is like THE month for marathons. Like every state has a marathon this month and it’s awesome. But rather than focusing on all of those big name, hugely famous, amazing marathons, we here at Run Oklahoma are going to mix it up and stick with all things Turkey Trot. “What’s a Turkey Trot”, you ask. Well, only the most wondrous thing to happen to Thanksgiving since pumpkin pie! It’s a 5K road race that is run as a way to burn calories prior to an indulgent Thanksgiving dinner. We’ve gathered a list of the Turkey Trots scheduled around Oklahoma and encourage you to check one out. Consider making them a party of your family’s tradition.
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
Yesterday morning the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was being broadcast on local news station KFOR as many folks woke for their Sunday morning paper and coffee. The Memorial Marathon has taken a tragic incident that took the lives of 168 people and created a beautiful event that celebrates the lives of those lost and the vibrant, resilient community of Oklahoma City. Seeing on the screen thousands of determined runners and walkers taking part in the what is truly a run to remember, mostly likely inspired many others to participate in the event next year. If you are feeling motivated to run or walk in the Memorial Marathon next year, a running group may be the best way to help you maintain that momentum and help keep you accountable to your goal. There are various running groups that meet up around the state and a few are listed below. It’s never to early to begin training.
Edmond Running Club (Edmond) -The Edmond Running Club (ERC) is a non-profit organization promoting healthy lifestyles, social interaction, structured training, and races. Walkers, joggers, runners and their families are all welcome. ERC post group run information and locations on their Facebook page.
Red Coyote (OKC) – Red Coyote is a running store located in Oklahoma City. They currently are hosting a Newbie Running program that provides a structured introduction for folks new to running.
OK Landrunners (OKC) -Landrunners is a running club located in Oklahoma City. They currently have an 8 week 5K training program for folks just starting to run, Walker to Landrunner. This group meets every Saturday at Lake Hefner East Warf.
OK Runner (Norman) – OK Runner is a speciality running, walking, and lifestyle store located in Norman. OK Runner hosts a morning group run Saturdays at 7:30am. It’s a 10 mile run with two water stops throughout the course. You are welcome to run as long or short as you’d like. Even better, you can join the group after the run for breakfast at Cool Greens just a few doors down from OK Runner’s brick and mortar store.
RunHers (OKC & Norman) – RunHers is a women’s running community that offers running and walking training groups. Groups meet on various days in a few different locations in OKC and Norman.
Fleet Feet (Tulsa) – Fleet Feet is a running store with two locations in Tulsa. Fleet Feet organizes various group training programs that range from fist time 5K to more experienced runners. Check out their training page for more information.