MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 10, 2012

P.M. UPDATE: Veterans Garden of Lights 5K hits 1,500 registrants


— More than 1,500 runners and walkers are registered for the seventh annual Veterans Garden of Lights 5K Road Race and 1K Fun Run scheduled for Saturday 15 in Honor Heights Park.

“This is the largest amount ever to register for the run and possibly the largest run in Muskogee now,” race director  Nita McClellan said in a media release. “We are very excited about the support coming from all over eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas. All profits from this race will go directly back to Veterans’ programs at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, so we are grateful to all the participants.”

Hosted by VA’s Voluntary Service, major sponsorship has been provided by Muskogee Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

Runners and walkers are asked to arrive early and use the parking lot on Honor Heights Drive, located across from the VA Medical Center. Shuttle buses will be provided to take them to and from the race area. Once that lot is full, participants will be directed to additional parking.

The race begins at 4:45 p.m., but registration will open at 2 p.m. Cost is $25 with a long-sleeve tech shirt ($20 without shirt).  After the race, participants can enjoy free chili, hot chocolate, and coffee provided by the Disabled American Veterans, Ch. 7.

The 5K course is certified and sanctioned by USA Track and Field.

Online registration is available until Dec. 12 at http://www.marastat.com/race/Veterans-Garden-of-Lights-5K/2012/Registration. ‘Like’ the race at www.facebook.com/GardenofLights5k.

Information: (918) 577-3704 or benita.mcclellan@va.gov.