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The Oklahoma Run to Defeat Diabetes will benefit diabetes care and prevention in Oklahoma

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Diane Clay
Email: diane-clay@ouhsc.edu
Phone: (405) 271-2323

The Oklahoma Run to Defeat Diabetes will benefit diabetes care and prevention in Oklahoma
Type 1 diabetes student starts inaugural race to raise awareness of diabetes

Sept. 1, 2010 – The inaugural Oklahoma Run to Defeat Diabetes will take place Sat., Sept. 25, at The University of Oklahoma in Norman. This race, established by Ryan Fightmaster, a Sigma Phi Epsilon member and diabetes patient, was started with the goal of promoting the well-being of Oklahomans with, or at a high risk of, diabetes. All proceeds will benefit the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center (HHODC) at the OU Health Sciences Center.

“Due to the disease’s prominence within Oklahoma, the run allows the community an opportunity to fight back against the disease,” Fightmaster said. “Living with Type 1 diabetes, I wanted to help those affected and help prevent the development of diabetes in general.”

The Oklahoma Run to Defeat Diabetes is a USA Track & Field certified 5-kilometer course that winds through The University of Oklahoma campus and finishes inside the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. There also will be a 1-mile Family Fun Run. Sigma Phi Epsilon will host the race activities.

“An estimated 10 percent of Oklahomans have diabetes and as many as one in three are either pre-diabetic or likely to develop diabetes in their lifetime,” said Nancy Letassy, Pharm.D., director of diabetes education and training for the HHODC. “Because some symptoms often go unnoticed, even seemingly healthy people can be developing diabetes and not even know it.”

Race-day registration and packet pickup begin at 7 a.m., the Family Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5-kilometer race starts at 9 a.m. Pre-registration can be conducted though the race website, www.okdiabetesrun.com, and is $25 for the 5-kilometer race and $15 for the fun run, $30 and $20 on race day.

A “Know Your Numbers” event will take place during the run where participants ages 18 to 40 will receive free diabetes screenings for lipids, glucose/blood sugar and blood pressure. These tests help identify people with pre-diabetes or diabetes. The screenings will take place from 7 a.m. to noon inside Gate 11 at Gaylord Memorial Stadium.

An assortment of free foods and beverages will be available before the awards ceremony.

About the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center 
The Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center was established by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with the goal of promoting the well-being of all people in Oklahoma with, or at high risk of, diabetes. The Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center is working to prevent diabetes and better manage its complications through world-class research, best practices for patients and numerous education and awareness programs for the public and health care professionals.

 

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