By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Stillwater residents are readying to take their mark, get set and go at the Eskimo Joe’s Juke Joint Jog on Saturday.
The event, celebrating its 25th year, begins race day registration at 1 p.m. at Eskimo Joe’s.
Juke Joint Jog Coordinator Kendra Moreland said the event will take place despite possible bad weather.
“Our plan is to proceed forward rain or shine,” she said.
However, any lightning or severe storm threats will be assessed Saturday.
Fees on race day are $30 for a commemorative shirt and entry into the fun run and 5K race. Without the shirt, prices are $15 to enter the 5K and $10 to enter the fun run.
The event will feature a family fun zone sponsored by Stillwater Medical Center. Included will be face painting, fingernail painting, a putting green and a few inflatables.
Moreland said the fun zone was created to make the event more of a family attraction. While father and daughter may run the race, mother and son can spend time playing, she said. The family fun zone will run from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot north of the restaurant.
Moreland said there will be a big turnout for the event.
“We’ve got about 600 runners registered as of right now and we usually have a couple hundred on race day,” she said.
Moreland described the race in more detail.
“They basically start here at Eskimo Joe’s,” she said. “The routes vary between the fun run and the 5K but it’s a route through campus finishing near the Seretean Center (for the Performing Arts.)”
In past years, the event has raised approximately $10,000 for the Stillwater United Way.
“Stan Clark Companies has been doing this for a long time obviously and it’s one of two events that we do throughout the year for the United Way,” she said. The company also hosts a golf classic in the spring. Moreland said mascots Joe and Buffy visit schools to promote the run.
“It’s fun to be able to use our name and our mascots to promote fitness as well as to raise money for those 23 agencies that are a part of the United Way because they have valuable services for our community,” she said.
Joe and Buffy will begin the run with the participants.
“You don’t have to be seasoned runners,” she said.
“Runners and walkers are both welcome. For us, it’s all about supporting a community event and our community agencies and just promoting health and fitness.”