Chamber Notes by Gary Perkins

Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce

This past Saturday was the 4th annual Spring Fling For A Cause 5K and Mile Run, benefiting Special Olympics and coordinated by Lisa Walkingstick and Melody Stacey.

The chamber is always excited to help out this great event, which brought out over 400 entries from around the state.

The race was scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. with everyone keeping an eye on the weather as storms had rolled in the evening prior and the skies still looking a bit menacing.

Regardless, the runners and walkers started showing well before light and were ready to go when the starters gun went off at the designated start time.

While many entries did the mile course, a majority had their sights on the 3.1 mile, 5K run.

The first overall winner was Marcelino Martinez from Fort Gibson with a time of 19:13 followed by Justin Sawyer of Muskogee and Johan Chavez from Fort Gibson.

The first female overall winner was Kayla Bell of Fort Gibson with a time of 22:10.

She was followed by Pauline Marks of Wagoner and Regina Gower of Rogers, Ark.

Male winners in the different age-groups were: Jakeb Snyder of Fort Gibson in age 1 to 8, Hayden Burt of Fort Gibson in age 9-12, John Wing of Fort Gibson in age 13-15, Johan Chavez of Fort Gibson in age 16-19, Coby Kirkland of Fort Gibson in age 20-24, Marcelino Martinez of Fort Gibson in age 25-29, Fernando Martinez of Fort Gibson in age 30-34, Chris Thompson of Warner in age 35-39, Dustin Ford of Fort Gibson in age 40-44, Danny Parson of Muskogee in age 45-49, Darrell Shepherd of Wagoner in age 50-54, Jerry Stroud of Warner in age 55-59, Harley Disheroon of Hulbert in age 60-64 and Robert Maddy of Sperry in age 65-69.

Female winners, by age-groups, were: Lindsey Schiller of Fort Gibson in age 9-12, Kayci Glover of Fort Gibson in age 13-15, Allie Glover of Fort Gibson in age 16-19, Kayla Bell of Fort Gibson in age 20-24, Lindsay Luckett of Muskogee in age 25-29, Ruby Austin of Fort Gibson in age 30-34, Kate Mock of Fort Gibson in age 35-39, Annissa Saffell of Locust Grove in age 40-44, Pauline Marks of Wagoner in age 45-49, Brenda Elder of Fort Gibson in age 50-54, Lisa Johnson of Fort Gibson in age 55-59, Murna Disheroon of Hulbert in age 60-64.

Along with the many generous sponsors, special thanks goes out to Lisa and Melody and all the work, hours and effort they put in to making this event for Special Olympics so successful.

Additionally, thanks to The Town of Fort Gibson, Fort Gibson Police Department, Ashley Byfield, Kenyatta and Amber Wright, Jerry and Madeline Cook, Teka Stephens, Kathy Perkins, Cheryl Hill, Linda Clinkenbeard, along with many others that I'm sure I have missed.

It was definitely another great year for this annual “Spring Fling.”

Our Weekly Luncheons have been very well attended lately. We want to thank Azar Rahmani and her staff for making us feel very at-home for the month of March and letting us try some of their great pizza and new desserts.

This past week, Rhonda Lee, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Cheryl Hill, Lisa Clayton, Carol Milligan, Kathy Perkins, Justin Young, Mark Young and myself were in attendance.

For the month of April, we will move to Boomarang Diner, at 1511 S. Lee St.

Come join us at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday. There is no meeting structure — just good friends getting together for a great lunch.

 I would like to thank Armstrong Bank, The Courtyard Bistro, and Boom-a-rang Diner for renewing their chamber membership this past week, and also announce a new chamber membership for Kenyatta and Amber Wright at The Tigers Den, a new screen-printed T-shirt business at 131 S. Lee St. They have remodeled the old Carnagey Law Office, and can be contacted at (918) 478-4873, or online at Check them out.


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