The Pryor Times


May 15, 2014

Warriors run for cancer cure

PRYOR, OK — Being a warrior, in a figurative sense, is “a person who demonstrates or has demonstrated great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness.”   

For a Warrior Dash participant it means jumping piles of burning brush, swimming through muck, running through muddy trenches, and other obstacles set for this Saturday’s Warrior event at Moore’s Flying M Ranch in Inola.

For children diagnosed with cancer, being a warrior can mean enduring painful surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplant or other immune therapies. Survival rate is high if at a low risk.  Other cancers where little is known promote a high risk of fatality even while utilizing clinical trials, surgeries and extensive treatments.       

To date, Warrior Dash events have raised over $9.2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The funds not only go toward funding research but also saving or extending lives. Support also assists displaced families who have traveled from all over the US to live in nearby apartments or hotels close to their children – as their life back home is put on hold or no longer exists. Social services attend to the families to ensure adequate counseling needs are met. St. Jude has created more clinical trials for cancer than any hospital in the country. Their mission is “Finding Cures. Saving Children.”

It is not too late to get out your grubby clothes and converge with St. Jude and the Warrior Dash participants running on the same ground… saving children. The Warrior Battleground has 13 obstacles on a 3.11 mile radial course.

Debby Moore and her husband Scott will host the event for a second year on their farm. “Last year, we expected 8,000 or so participants and ended up having over 12,000 show up. The cars were lined up for four miles. When they were done, they listened to music and ran next door to Moore’s Fish Farm’s restaurant to their all-you-can-eat catfish fry and barbecue,” said Moore. “Everybody had a great time. We enjoyed this so much we signed a contract to host again in 2015 and 2016,” added Moore.

The Warrior Dash brings the largest obstacle in its history, “Goliath”, along with newer and larger additions to the event. The Dash wants to ensure the course and festival area offer exciting experiences for both first-time participants and seasoned Warriors.   Elite athletes have the opportunity to compete in one of the competitive waves offered for their chance to qualify for the Warrior Dash World Championship, an event that will offer a $100,000 purse prize. The festival area will feature live music, along with the addition of new beer selections, contests and activities.

The money raised from participants will go towards the 2015 opening of the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center, which will be the first proton radiation therapy center in the world dedicated solely to children, designed specifically to meet the needs of young patients.

Participants are encouraged to bring unwanted shoes from home, in addition to recycling their muddy race shoes at the USAgain tent near the finish line.

To register, go to and click on “Oklahoma” under the “Locations” link. The cost is $75 until 11:59 p.m. tonight and $85 at the event on Saturday, May 17. The first wave of 500 runners starts at 8 a.m. with 30 minute lag times between waves.

Donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital may also be made by sending contributions to: 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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