Tulsa’s Quality of Life: Tulsa Run Oct. 27

President and CEO, Tulsa Metro Chamber

TULSA RUN: Thousands of runners make their way east on 15th Street toward Peoria Avenue during the 2011 Tulsa Run. This year’s race takes place Oct. 27.

Your typical interpretation of a local Chamber of Commerce mission most likely revolves around economic development, small business and networking. While these are very important programs for the Tulsa Metro Chamber, our programs expand into a number of other civic enhancement initiatives. For instance, the education and workforce division includes Partners In Education and Oklahoma Scholars, which focus on Tulsa’s youth and offer them the tools necessary to enhance their skill sets and build better futures. Also, Tulsa’s Young Professionals, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing group for young professionals, which consists of ten work crews dedicated to various aspects of the Tulsa region, ranging from urban development to arts initiatives.

All of the Chamber’s programs of work have one major thing in common – creating a better Tulsa metro region. Whether it is through the economy, people, infrastructure or legislation, the Tulsa Metro Chamber consistently strives to be a community organization that makes where we live a better, stronger place. And, it’s working. Our quality of life continues to grow. It seems there is something fun and exciting happening on every corner, every weekend.

It was announced in early 2012 that the Tulsa Sports Commission would begin managing the Tulsa Run, Tulsa’s oldest and most-loved race. Since that announcement the has launched a new website, a new logo, a new registration program, enhanced philanthropic opportunities for community support and development of a new and exciting Finish Line Fest for the post-race celebration.

The Chamber and the Tulsa Sports Commission are excited to add the Tulsa Run to the list of high quality events managed under our umbrella that bring positive economic impact and an enhanced community environment to Tulsans. Thousands of runners, elite and enthusiasts alike, will descend on Tulsa the last weekend of October for the race Oct. 27.

Plus, this year marks the 35th anniversary of the iconic run. To honor the history of the race, the Tulsa Sports Commission has altered a portion of the course, which will now include a last-leg trip up Boston Avenue, through some of Tulsa’s most beautiful views and past Boston Avenue Methodist Church, ending at Fourth Street and Boston.

Finish Line Fest will have the usual post-race excitement with live music, food, beverages and fun. Plus, this year the Sports Commission will incorporate a tailgate aspect so that participants and spectators can catch their favorite teams right from Williams Green.

Registration is now open at TulsaRun.com.

Oct. 27 should prove to be an exciting day in Tulsa. The Sports Commission is excited to see everyone, from Tulsa’s avid running community to families, children and everyone in between, turn out for the Tulsa Run. The race is just one way the Chamber and the Sports Commission hope to build Tulsa’s quality of life, and we hope you’ll join us.

Updated 09-15-2012

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