The course for this year’s Tulsa Run is going to look different.
With construction on the Gathering Place starting next month, the Tulsa Run gets off Riverside this year. Runners in the 15K race will go south out of downtown, hit Cherry Street and go through midtown. Race director Heath Aucoin said this course may be more challenging.
"It is very hilly. So you're going up on a bluff and then coming back down, and the finish has more hills," Aucoin said. "We want runners — we're trying to make sure that they're prepping and they're running and then they're getting their hill work in."
Racers will also run along Southwest Boulevard and cross the river twice.
Tulsa Boys Home is this year’s beneficiary of the Tulsa Run. The organization will get $25,000, which will go toward day-to-day operations. It will also receive a financial literacy program, and boys home executive director Gregg Conway said that will make a big difference too.
"You know, the difference between poverty and having financial resources to live a better life. That's huge," Conway said. "I mean, I'd like to see some of our staff even participate."
The boys home has a 20-year history of residents racing in the Tulsa Run. Conway says some of this year’s gift will be invested in the running team.
A New Leaf, CAP Tulsa Literacy Program, Life Senior Services, the Parent Child Center and the Salvation Army were named as $1,000 beneficiaries of this year's race.
The Tulsa Run is October 25th. In addition to the 15K distance, there will be 2K and 5K races.