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8:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With OKC’s Hungryman, The Strong Run 5K

Local businesses and restaurants partner for a charity event benefiting the homeless and working poor in downtown Oklahoma City this weekend. The Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) blocks off a portion of Northwest Ninth Street on Saturday, May 17 to present the third annual OKC Hungryman competition.

A group picture after the 2013 OKC Hungryman 10K.
Credit OkcHungryMan.com

OKC’s Hungryman falls somewhere in between the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and Boston Marathon.

The event begins with a feast put on by Midtown favorites like S&B’s Burger Joint, Sara Sara Cupcakes, Hillbilly Po-Boy’s and Iguana Mexican Grill. Then begins a side-stitching 10K relay through the streets of downtown Oklahoma City; all taking place with many participants in random costume.

In an effort to limit the inevitable 'side stitching', most of the 200 anticipated participants treat the event as a relay, running in pairs or groups of four.

Hungryman is the NSO’s largest annual fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the non-profit organization, which provides housing and health services to homeless and low-income working families in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Strong Monument (OSM) project, initiated to celebrate the state’s resilience following the 2013 tornadoes, seeks to erect a monument in central Moore’s new 50-acre park. To help raise awareness & funds toward this goal, OSM hosts two upcoming events.

First, the OSM presents the inaugural Oklahoma Strong Run. The run begins on the border between Moore and Norman on the west-side I-35 service road between Andy Alligator’s and HeyDay Entertainment.

Credit VolaSports.com

The event features a live DJ and a warm-up Zumba session before runners begin the Fun Run at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m.

The first 2,000 participants to finish the Fun Run (whether by walking, running, or being pushed in a stroller) receive a commemorative medal as their 5K counterparts earn technical t-shirts. A brief awards ceremony takes place at 9:20 a.m. recognizing the best 5K performances relative to participants’ age groups, which begin at age 12.

The event takes place on the morning of Saturday, May 17th and registration is available.

The OSM project then hosts an evening of food, family and "FUNdraising" during the “Taste of Our Town” event Tuesday, May 20.

More than 30 local restaurants come together to provide patrons with an all-you-can-eat buffet-style dinner. The menu includes Olive Garden, Earl’s Ribs, Texas Roadhouse, McAlister’s Deli alongside several other big names.

A silent auction and live music from the band Seven Mile Bridge add to the event's activities. 

Taste of Our Town” takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads in Oklahoma City.

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Selman Living Laboratory hosts Citizen Science Day from 1 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. 

Credit Brian Ralphs / Flickr Creative Commons

Participants can learn about science from real scientists and professors. Activities include a bird walk with experts from the Oklahoma Ornithological Society, a picnic on the prairie and bat observation at the Alabaster Caverns.

UCO’s Selman Living Laboratory is located just outside of Freedom, Oklahoma. No reservations are required to attend and sleeping accommodations are available at the laboratory.

For more ways to fill the 168 hours of your week, visit KGOU's calendar page.

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