The Woodward News


June 4, 2014

Lions Club hosting half-marathon, 5K

Exercise, food, family-fun and charity are sure to be in store for those who participate in the Lion Heart Half-Marathon and 5K.

Saturday, June 14, will be the second annual race for the Woodward Lions Club. The half-marathon will begin at 6:30 a.m. and the 5K run/walk will start at 7 a.m. Proceeds from the race go to various local philanthropy projects.

The Lions Club is an international civic organization with more than one million members. Major focuses for the club are sight, participating in programs for corneal transplants and training seeing-eye-dogs. The Oklahoma Lions also manage a camp for troubled boys in the eastern part of the state.

The Woodward chapter raises funds for eye exams for regional citizens. Some organizations they donate to are the Woodward United Fund, Woodward County Toy Giveaway and the Woodward Arts and Theatre Council. They also provide scholarships for high school students around the area.

Doug Ross, the secretary and treasurer for the club, is also the race director. He is also an avid runner who has participated in numerous races.

The course has changed from last year as both the half-marathon and 5K will start and finish within Boiling Springs State Park. The 5K course never leaves the park, and the half-marathon includes paved county roads surrounding the park. Park rangers and Woodward Police Department will assist with traffic control, but roads will remain open.

The changes they have made this year will allow the race to be more family friendly to those participating in the 5K and will include less traffic for those who will be on the road.

“We think the new course will be enjoyed by everyone,” Ross said.  

The top three overall finishers in the half-marathon, both male and female divisions, will win prize money. First place will win $150, second place will win $100 and third place will win $50. Medals will also be given to all who finish in the half-marathon.

First, second and third place winners in different age groups will also receive medals. The age groups are 0-13, 13-19, every five years in age and 70 and above.

Participants from Kansas, Texas and all over Oklahoma are expected to compete in the half-marathon. Last year, the Lion Heart race was attended by about 120 in the 5K and 55 in the half-marathon.

“We are hoping to grow each year,” Ross said.

Registration can be done in advance or on the day of the race from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Others can register from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the Doug Ross Insurance Agency at 1811 Oklahoma.

All entrants are given a t-shirt and will be provided fruit, donuts, breakfast rolls and other foods after the run. Music can also be enjoyed by people near the start and finish of the race. Registrants can expect a family-friendly, festival-like atmosphere, organizers said.

For more information or to register visit You may also contact Doug Ross for more information at (580) 216-2802 or

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