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rea fi tness enthusiasts – and anyone else interested in suppor ng a great cause – won’t


want to miss out on a truly unique opportunity returning to northeast Oklahoma next month.


The 2nd Annual Xtreme 5K Challenge will put runners to the test once again on Saturday, March 28, at Brush Creek Youth Ranch, located two miles south of Jay on Highway 59. Par cipants are guaranteed to experience an “extreme” run with challenging obstacles and intense terrain along Brush Creek in the rolling hills of Delaware County, all to help bring hope to the future of youth.


The event includes both a compe  ve 5K obstacle course and a 1K run. The races will be fl ighted into six age divisions, including: ages 14-17 (male and female), under-40 class (male and female), 40 and over (male and female). Open winners will also be awarded.


Registra on will commence that day at 7 a.m. with fi rst fl ights set to begin at 10 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow the compe  on.


Cost to register for the 5K is $60 per person un l February 28 and $75 a er February – up un l the day of the event. The 1K run is $10 un l February 28 and will cost $15 a er that day.


To pre-register or for more informa on, visit on-line at www.thextremechallenge. com, or call either 918-435-8206 or 918- 837-1925.


Youngsters in a endance will have ac vi es to keep them entertained. A kids zone opens at 9 a.m., and concessions will


also be available. Guests are invited to make it a weekend experience with $10 camping on-site.


The Xtreme Challenge is a family-friendly, non-alcoholic event with all proceeds benefi  ng Teen Challenge of Oklahoma and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware County.


Teen Challenge is a 12- to 15-month residen al program that includes mentoring and biblical counseling, group studies and personal studies and voca onal learning in a fully-accredited and state board of educa on-recognized school. There are six centers located throughout the state. Two of those centers—New Lifehouse (for girls ages 13 to 18) and Brush Creek Youth Ranch (for boys ages 13 to 18)—are located right here in the Grand Lake area.


New Lifehouse is situated on 40 acres in Disney, while Brush Creek Youth Ranch encompasses a 915-acre working ranch near Jay. Youth at both facili es are enrolled in 12- to 15-month residen al programs accredited with Teen Challenge USA. The Cross Chris an Academy is a private, accredited, year-round school that youth a end while enrolled at New Lifehouse and Brush Creek Youth Ranch. Programs at both facili es off er a highly- structured environment to help foster growth in the lives of each youth.


Clockwise from top le : Keep your body low through the barbed wire trenches; relief crossing the fi nish line; medal winners in race categories smile for the camera; hopping the round bales; a race that is fun for the whole family. Photos courtesy of Xtreme 5K


Since 1998, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware County has been delivering posi ve programs to youth at loca ons in Jay, Oaks, Colcord, Kansas and Moseley. For students at Colcord and Moseley, the club is a safe place where they can get last-minute homework help before school and prepare for the day ahead. All fi ve loca ons off er programs a er school — programs that help young people achieve academic success, develop good


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character and ci zenship, and adopt a healthy lifestyle.


“Our goal is to help young people from all walks of life reach their full poten al as produc ve, caring, responsible ci zens,” said Randy Keller, Chief Professional Offi cer of the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware County. “We do that through solid, results-driven programming off ered by caring adult professionals.”


Keller said his organiza on is apprecia ve of the support it receives from the Xtreme Challenge.


“This event raises funds that help us have the greatest impact possible for the youth we serve,” he said, adding that it “challenges the par cipant while bringing hope to youth in a challenging world.”


More than 40 contestants accepted the Xtreme Challenge last year, according to Shawn Blankenship, Teen Challenge Director and event organizer.


“Par cipants last year were excited about the course and we had several experienced runners tell us the layout was one of the best they had ever seen in extreme running,” Blankenship said. “With feedback from last year, more obstacles have been added and we look forward to a goal of more than one hundred runners this year. We would love to have two hundred-plus, but we understand it is a growing process.”


Added Blankenship: “We look forward to this event growing very large as word spreads of the beauty and fun everyone experiences. And let’s not forget about these two great programs that impact the future of young people.” 


By Clint Branham Communica ons Specialist February 2015 - 5


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