Greater Tulsa Reporter
Tulsa Sports Commission has named the River Parks Foundation its primary charity beneficiary for the 2017 Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run, the organization has announced. The Tulsa Run will be held Oct. 28. As the race’s primary beneficiary, the River Parks Foundation will receive $25,000 from the Tulsa Run.
“The Tulsa Run is about more than just a 15K and medals,” says Ray Hoyt, president of Tulsa Regional Tourism, the umbrella organization over the Tulsa Sports Commission, VisitTulsa (Tulsa’s convention and visitors bureau), and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture. “The charity beneficiary program is one of the many ways the run elevates the quality of community life in Tulsa. By partnering with organizations like River Parks, the Tulsa Run extends its reach to promote health and well-being throughout the region.”
Owned and operated by the Tulsa Sports Commission, the Tulsa Run will celebrate its 40th running this year. The Tulsa Run’s philanthropic efforts are made possible by the race’s title sponsor, Tulsa Federal Credit Union.
“As we embark on the Tulsa Run’s 40th year, we applaud the philanthropic components of this event that enriches the lives of those who live in our community,” says Greg Gallant, president and CEO of Tulsa Federal Credit Union.
Additional beneficiaries receiving $2,500 each include the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance and Tulsa Tough. Five organizations will receive $1,000 each, including Aim High Academy, Assistance League of Tulsa, Emergency Infant Services, Global Gardens and Lindsey House.
An anonymous volunteer committee selects the beneficiary organizations from a pool of applicants each year. Beneficiaries must by registered 501©3 not-for-profit organizations, and this year’s committee selected finalists with strong commitments to community wellness.
“We really wanted to make the 40th running of the race special,” says Heath Aucoin, Tulsa Run race director and vice president of operations for the Tulsa Sports Commission. “We added two beneficiaries at the $2,500 level this year, re-emphasizing the importance we place on developing community spirit through the hosting of a signature community event. We want to showcase the best our city has to offer for everyone, from elite runners to finish line fans.”
Registration is now open for the the 2017 Tulsa Run, scheduled for Oct. 28. For more information and to enter the race, visit tulsarun.com.