|Updated: 10/27 11:07 am
||Published: 10/27 11:06 am
This is the 35th anniversary for the Tulsa Run and participants, as well as those here for support the runners, tell me they came out because it's a Tulsa tradition that everyone can participate in.
"I run because it's one of the many ways I like to stay
healthy," Gale Cohen said. Cohen also said she started participating in the Tulsa Run in her mid-40s. Now in her 50s, she says it's kept her motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle, "tradition and for fun and for good exercise."
Ebony Harvey said crossing the finish line to the cheers of the crowd felt great as she completed her first 5K.
"I did it because that was main goal to run nonstop and to finish it," Harvey said.
Randy Howard's Tulsa Run journey started two years ago when he decided he wanted to walk the 5K. He tells FOX23 he has been blind since the age of three but he doesn't let that hold him back.
"I don't have a lot of time to worry about what I can't do ... there's things I want to do, and I want to spend my time and energy trying to do those things. It may not be the conventional way, but if it works that's all that matters."
It's really about racing, whether you run, walk or; several charities will also benefit from the Tulsa Run.
"We want to make sure that we maintain that philanthropic spirit and give money back to the community," Randy Howard said.
People from different walks of life came out today and organizers say 23 of the participants have been apart of the race for the past 35 years. Those runners tell me no matter what race you participate in, crossing the finish line is the accomplishment.