More than 250 people participated in this year’s Tulsa Port Harbor Dash hosted by the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, Okla. The second-annual event saw participants run in the Harbor Dash’s 5K, 10K or Family Fun Run.
Sheila Shook, workforce and education coordinator for the port, said the port started the race last year to invite the public into the port to learn about the waterways and the companies who utilize them. “We also wanted to promote family fun in a healthy way,” she said. “We have plenty of space here at our 2,500-acre industrial park to run, so it was a perfect fit.”
Shook said runners joined the Harbor Dash from across the state and surrounding states. The race route took place on the port’s main dock to allow participants a view of the harbor, towboats and barges. Port tenants and their families also partook in the day’s activities, which also included food trucks, inflatables, music and games.
Proceeds from the event were donated to Oklahoma Dream It Do It, a non-profit organization that showcases career opportunities in manufacturing to the workforce. “The organization works to change perceptions of manufacturing careers by connecting manufacturers with students, parents and educators to create an understanding of the importance of manufacturing careers here in Oklahoma and in the country,” said Shook.
Caption for photo: This year’s Tulsa Port Harbor Dash brought together more than 250 runners for the 5K, 10K and family-fun run. The run, which had its inaugural race last year, was developed by the port to bring awareness to the river, the port and its tenants. (photo courtesy of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa)