RED ROCK — The Otoe-Missouria Tribe will hosts the 3rd Annual Otoe 5k Run on July 21 at the tribal encampment grounds.
The 5k is the brainchild of the tribe’s interim health director, Donnie Childs, who created the run to tie in with both the annual encampment and the tribe’s push toward improving the health of its members.
“Many of our tribal members are obese and struggling with diabetes,” Childs said. “The encampment is the biggest gathering that the tribe hosts. There will be more Otoe people together than at any other time of the year. This run is a great way to get some of those people motivated to start moving.”
Childs said that the while the event is a run, participants do not need to run the entire course.
“There are people who plan to walk the entire race,” Childs said. “That’s fine with me, as long as they are moving. Getting people up off of the couch is the main goal of this race and the biggest focus for me. I want to see as many people out there as possible.”
The race starts at 7:30 a.m. at the 7 Clans Paradise Casino located off of U.S. 177, north of Red Rock. The trail leads through the Otoe-Missouria campgrounds.
“The race route runs through the campgrounds,” Childs said. “People line up along the route to cheer on the runners in between cooking breakfast. The runners joke that the best part of the race is the smell of cooking bacon and fresh coffee as they are running by the camps.”
First-place winners in the men’s and women’s category will receive an Otoe hand drum. The top finishers in each category will receive awards and all participants will receive a t-shirt and a Nike drawstring bag.
“We had 130 runners last year who registered for the run,” Childs said, “which is a great number for a race located off the beaten path.”
This event will be chip timed by Time Line Results of Tulsa. Chips will be distributed at packet pick up in front of 7 Clans Paradise Casino prior to the race and will be collected upon completion of the event.
Pre-registration is open online at www.EarlySignUp.com/otoerun. Pre-registration is $20 and $25 the day of the race.
For more information, contact Childs at (580) 723-4466 ext. 152, or (580) 750-0020.