– WaterLoop Trail Run promoters won’t let scorching weather keep them from supporting worthy causes.
They’ll help cool people off as they raise money for Women In Safe Home and Women Who Care.
The WaterLoop Trail Run, Aug. 11 at Honor Heights Park, will feature all sorts of water features on its 5K and 10K trails, said Joel Everett, special projects coordinator for Muskogee Parks and Recreation.
“We picked the hottest night of the year to put the race on,” Everett said. “Our water features will feature sprinklers, soakers and surprises along the way. The Muskogee Fire Department has a big hose it will spray people with.”
Runners also will go through the splash pad near the gift shop, he said.
Jennifer Carlyon, a WaterLoop organizer, said last year’s run attracted 150 runners. Women In Safe Home and Women Who Care each received $3,000 from the run, she said. This is the third year for the run.
Carlyon said she hopes for more runners this year.
“The trails are in good shape,” she said. “They kind of run up and down and all around the park.”
Carlyon is a radiation oncology nurse at Muskogee Regional Medical Center, a main sponsor for the race. She said she deals with patients with cancer. Women Who Care helps uninsured women pay for mammograms.
“Mammograms can run up to $350 to $400, said Women Who Care Vice President Wren Stratton.
“It is such a gift WaterLoop chose us to be one of their beneficiaries,” Stratton said. “WaterLoop is all about healthy lifestyles and taking care of yourself.”
Co-organizer Regina Gower said she has a personal reason to support WISH. She said her sister, Natalie Mathews, died from domestic violence in 2005.
“We grew up in Tahlequah, and she moved to Florida,” Gower said. “She was in Florida less than a month when it happened.”
Gower said she wants to help WISH sustain funding cuts from the state. “I want to let women know there are places to go to find help,” she said.
Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix. com.
If you go
WHAT: WaterLoop Trail Run 5K and 10K.
WHEN: 6 p.m. Aug. 11. Race day registration opens at 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Honor Heights Park.
BENEFITS: Women Who Care and Women In Safe Home.
REGISTRATION: $25 entry fee, $5 late fee after today. In person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or by mail at Muskogee Parks and Recreation Dept. 837 E. Okmulgee Ave., or online at RunReg.com.