Tulsa, Okla., September 27, 2011 — Channel your inner cheetah and lace up your sneakers; it’s time for the Tulsa Zoo’s 42nd annual ZooRun! This Tulsa tradition sponsored by New Balance Tulsa is back Saturday, Oct 1 and features a race for any pace, the Tiger Challenge and even a cold-blooded reptilian rematch.

One of Oklahoma’s largest races features a 5k, 10k and even the St. John Health System Family Fun Run, a one-mile run for all ages. St. John Health System is also providing the first aid tents that will be staffed by St. John medical professionals. If running isn’t enough, the zoo has brought back the new fan favorite, the Tiger Challenge. This trail-style 5K obstacle course will be a challenge grrreat for those looking for a change of pace. This race is only suitable for the “big kids,” ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required for this challenge and this event fills up fast, so register today! After the dash, enjoy music, fun activities and the St. John’s Kid Zone with Jupiter jumps, face painting and more. To get ZooRun entry forms, dash on over to New Balance Tulsa and Tulsa Zoo or hurry to www.tulsazoo.org to register online. You can also pre-register at the Tulsa Zoo this week, from 9 am to 5 pm.

ZooRun isn’t just for two-legged competitors anymore – some of the zoo’s tortoises have taken to the track. The zoo’s Aldabra tortoises have been hogging the track since 2009, but this year it’s an interspecies showdown with new shell-shocking contenders chomping at the carrot. Introducing “Radar” the Radiated Tortoise, known for his spellbinding footwork, he always has the finish line in his sites. New to the race scene, “Davina” the Desert tortoise, who knows how to bring the heat and is looking forward to making the other racers eat his dust! Since his shell-shocking win in last year’s ZooRun Tortoise Race, “Flash”, the 5-year-old Aldabra tortoise, has kept a low profile since marrying his super-turtle wife and having hatchlings of his own. These three competitors face each other for the first interspecies tortoise showdown ever! Will the defending champ Flash show that slow and steady win the race? Will Radar target the finish line first or will Davina the desert tortoise leave them all high and dry? Find out WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Tulsa Zoo who will be dubbed shell-on-wheels in this spectacular semi-final match-up.

Packet pick-up and pre-registration will be available at New Balance Tulsa in Utica Square now through September 30 during store hours. The cost of the 5k and 10k run is $23 for pre-registered participants and $20 for the one-mile Fun Run and $35 for the Tiger Challenge. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. and costs for the 5k and 10k raise to $28 and $25 for the Fun Run, but one must pre-register for the Tiger Challenge. The 1-mile St. John Health System Fun Run begins at 8:15 a.m., the 5k begins at 8:30 a.m., the Tiger Challenge begins at 8:45 a.m. and 10k at 9:00 a.m. Warm-ups begin at 7:45 a.m. Gates to Mohawk Park will close at 8:25am for the safety of the racers. For more information visit tulsazoo.org or contact the Zoo at 918-669-6602.

For the safety of ZooRun participants, the gates to Mohawk Park will close at 8:25am but will re-open to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 1. Family and friends are welcome to enter the zoo at no cost to cheer on the runners as long as they enter before 10am. No re-entry.

This fast-paced fundraiser would not be possible without our generous sponsors, including presenting sponsor is New Balance Tulsa, exclusive FunRun sponsor is St. John Health System and contributing Tulsa Bone & Joint Orthapaedic Urgent Care and media sponsor MIX 96 FM. Other contributing sponsors are Brookside Cleaners, Dan and Linda Brown Real Estate, and Mid-America Grain & Cattle Co./R.E. Patterson.


Angela Evans