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June 30, 2013

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Woodward, Okla. — TURTLE RACES

Following the Firecracker 5K, will be the traditional kids games and turtle races sponsored by the Woodward AMBUCS.

"This is the 30th year for the races," AMBUCS member Ronnie Brittain said, noting they remain as popular as ever.

And the format remains the same as well.

"We'll start with the turtle registration after 8 o'clock.  But they definitely should be in the registration line by 8:30 a.m., because we'd like to start the races as close to 9 a.m. as we can, depending on how many kids are still in line," Brittain said.

The kids games will start with foot races, he said, where "boys and girls will compete independently and they'll be broken into age groups so they're running against kids with roughly the same abilities and same size as them."

Every child who competes will get a ribbon, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons given to those who finish the fastest.

Then the turtles will be raced in heats of 10, with the 1st and 2nd place winners in each heat moving on until there's one final championship heat.  Trophies will be awarded to the children whose turtles come in 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the championship race.

Brittain said "it works best if there's just one turtle per child," so you don't end up with children competing against themselves.  

However, he added, "if they have extra turtles, I would encourage them to still bring them because we always have some kids looking for turtles who don't have one.  So they could bring their extras and share with them."

The kids' foot races will be held on the lawn in front of the band shell.  The turtle registration table and races will be located just to the west of the toddler playground area south of the band shell.

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