, Muskogee, OK

August 12, 2013

Fort Gibson gears up for annual run

By Gary Perkins
Chamber Notes

— Once again, we are going to concentrate on notifying everyone about the short-time street closures because of the annual Fort Gibson Run. The run will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 Aug. 24. Most of the streets will be closed for a much shorter period of time, as runners pass by on their way to either a 5K (3.1 miles), or a 10K (6.2 miles) run. We are expecting upward of 1,000 runners who will compete in either the 10K, 5K, or Mile Fun Run.

The Cherokee Nation’s Wings Organization is participating in the run, and logistics are being handled by TATUR Racing, using an individual computer chip for each runner to measure their time.

The run will start at the soccer fields (located at the school), then travel north on Ross Avenue to Poplar Street, then east to either north on Willey Road, for 5Kers, or to Spurlock Estates, for 10Kers. Runners will turn west on Cemetery Road, with 5Kers cutting back to Poplar alongside the Mac’s Drive-Inn, then South on Lee Street, and back to the school. The 10Kers will go North from Cemetery Road, eventually going up Garrison, around the Historic Site on Ash, and then make a little “up-and-back” on the west end of the old fort, before heading south on Lee Street, and back to the school, for the finish. Mile runners will leave the soccer fields, and run to a point on Poplar Street, and then back to the finish line at the school.

Again, since runners will only pass by a point one time, most streets will be shut down for only a short period of time.

This part is extremely important — all homeowners are asked to please make sure dogs are fenced or secured away from the street during the run. The last thing we would want is for runners to be attacked or impeded in any way. This is also for the liability protection of the home-owner. Everyone’s cooperation in this regard is greatly appreciated.

To participate in the run, the cost is $20 per individual, or $15 for teams, groups, or clubs of six or more runners. You can enter online at

I added a sub note last week, that I had received a call from Marsha Elliott, widely known as the town historian, telling me that I had misspelled, and have routinely mispronounced, a Fort Gibson street, which is named after a prominent Fort Gibson resident Miles “Milo” Willey. The street is Willey Street (pronounced “Will-ee”), not Wiley, as is printed on many local maps. It’s mispronunciation is a common mistake by many residents.

And finally, the Weekly Chamber Luncheon, being held at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday at Simple Simon’s Pizza, had a great turnout this past Thursday. Attending were Derald Glover, Rhonda Lee, Kathy Perkins, Sue Edwards, Cliff Garrett and son Carson, Cheryl Hill and daughter Katie, Mark Young and guest Mike Vaughn, and myself. Come join us.