, Muskogee, OK

July 29, 2013

CHAMBER NOTES: Work on run hits high gear

— By Gary Perkins

Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce

It is easy to know when the “dog days” of summer kick in ... it’s hot, dry, and everyone is concentrating on activities, vacations, and staying cool. Between all that and some illness, our turnout at our weekly Chamber luncheon was down this past week. That always seems to be the case this time of year.

We only had Lisa Clayton, Carol Milligan, Mark Young, Justin Young, and myself in attendance at the Courtyard Bistro.

If you’re available at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and want to enjoy a great lunch with some great company, come join us at the Courtyard Bistro.

Also, don’t forget to check out the Farmer’s Market from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Langston Park, just across from the library on Lee Street. There is never a booth or vendor fee. Anyone is invited to bring their home-grown fruits and vegetables or homemade delights and crafts to sell. It is always a surprise to see what shows up, but worth checking out.

Our next big event is a brand-new edition of our annual Fort Gibson Run. We are adding a 10K run to the usual 5K and mile runs. We are moving the run course to include a large portion of Fort Gibson, including the National Cemetery, Historic Site, neighborhoods, and down both Poplar and Lee streets. The start and finish will be near the soccer fields of the school.

With the support and involvement of Cherokee Nation’s Wings organization, we are expecting the largest turnout that we have ever recorded. The date is Aug. 24, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Entry fee is $20 per individual or $15 for clubs, teams, and running groups of six or more members. The fee includes a T-shirt, water stations, fruit and goodies after the race and all the professional logistics necessary for a USATF sanctioned race. The new course has been certified and should be a great new event for our community.

We will notify all homeowners and businesses along the race course of road restrictions on the morning of the run, between 7:30 and approximately 9:30 a.m. Because the course will be a one-way type run, making one smaller loop for the 5K runners, and one larger loop for the 10K runners, all streets will be somewhat blocked for a very short time. Because the race will be run early in the morning, it shouldn’t be a major disruption to the normal flow of daily traffic.

Logistically, the race will be a challenge. We will need many volunteers to pull it off. At our board meeting this coming Tuesday, we will be reviewing some additional information concerning the run.

Stay tuned for more information. But make plans to participate or just stand in your front yard and watch this new Fort Gibson Run.