Third Cherokee Nation Chief’s Challenge race to benefit local girl
Tahlequah Daily Press
TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation will be hosting the third race in the Chief’s Challenge series during the Survivor’s Run on June 12, taking place at the Cherokee Nation complex, south of Tahlequah.
Proceeds from the race will benefit Maesa Kilpatrick, a local girl who has cystic fibrosis and is awaiting a lung transplant. Cystic fibrosis is a terminal disease that causes the body to produce thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening infections.
Registration for the Survivors Run event begins at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m. In addition to the 5K, there will also be a 1-mile fun run/walk. There is no registration fee for participants of WINGS Activity Club and those who have signed up as part of the Cherokee Challenge. Other participants must pay a $15 registration fee. A limited number of special commemorative T-shirts highlighting the 10 Cherokee attributes will be available on a first-come basis to 300 participants who have signed up for the Cherokee Challenge or are members of the WINGS Activity Club. The attribute that will be highlighted for this race is “nidvdayosgvna,” Cherokee for “determined or persistent.”
The Chief’s Challenge series is part of the overall Cherokee Challenge, a larger campaign to get families healthy and offer activities and training tips for exercise and active living. As part of the campaign, Cherokee Nation Healthy Nation is sponsoring a series of races and fun runs and walks, with a final challenge to race with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith in the Tulsa Run in October.
The Cherokee Nation’s Healthy Nation program will offer activities and training tips for exercise and active living, for everyone who wants to participate. The program will be hosting a series of nine races up until the Tulsa Run at the end of October. For participants who join the WINGS activity club, Cherokee Nation will pay the entry fees for each race. More than 400 participated in the first two events in Stilwell and Muskogee.
cherokee.orgfor fitness tips, suggested training schedules and a complete list of activities
in the Cherokee Challenge.
Information: Lu McGraw, 453-5260.
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