Run Oklahoma recently posted about adventure races in the state or neighboring states. There is another that must be added to the list and it’s the 2nd Annual OCW Ranch Run. If you can’t gather from the name, it’s a race run through an actual ranch. So for all the city folk or The Pioneer Woman fans, it’s a fun way to get up close and personal to real ranch life as well as supporting ranchers in our state. The Oklahoma CattleWomen, Inc. (OCW) is the voice for women in the Oklahoma cattle industry. OCW’s mission is to promote efficient production of beef, educate consumers on the nutritional values of beef, and communicate goodwill within the communities and state.
Last year was the 1st Annual OCW Ranch Run held at the Hicks-Didlot Cattle Co. Ranch in Altus, OK and wove through the ranch in a way that perfectly featured all the charms of a southwest Oklahoma operation. The race included a 5K as well as a smaller Fun Run for those still getting into the running game. After the race, runners were treated to Breakfast Beef Burritos and were able to talk with the CattleWomen and ranch owners about animal care and how beef could better their diets as runners. Each runner also received a commemorative tank-top for the race. The winners, Sarah Yeom (1st), Amanda Langham (2nd) and Shelly Vinyard (3rd) were awarded medals for their accomplishments as well as beef certificates!
This year, the OCW Ranch Run will be held on August 20th at the Hicks-Didlot Ranch in Altus, OK. Registration is open to both adults and youth and will be open until August 17th. Late registrations will be taken the day of race as well. Check-in begins at 7:00AM and the race will start promptly at 8:00AM. There are two races; the Ranch Run 5K (3.2 Miles) and the Fun Run (1 Mile). Prizes for this year’s race are yet to be determined but expect something delicious! And don’t worry if you are unfamiliar with ranch life as the track will be well marked and the ground will be worked to perfection by the ranch owners in preparation for the race.
Runners can find more information/registration papers on their website, okcattlewomen.org or through social media by following @okcattlewomen. Please contact coordinators of this race, Tammi Didlot (405-409-7633) and Becca Laisch (405-596-2518), with questions or concerns.