Fourth Tulsa Tough May 29-31

The League of American Bicyclists named Tulsa to their roster of “Bicycle Friendly Communities and States.” The designation marks the first time Tulsa or Oklahoma have appeared on the list.
Tulsa Tough organizers are preparing for the fourth Tulsa Tough Ride & Race set for May 29-31.
The League recognized 13 new Bicycle Friendly Communities and three BFC renewals in celebration of Bike Month, which began May 1.
“This is a great honor for Tulsa and helps make our city more attractive to visitors and potential new residents,” said Tulsa Sports Commission Executive Director Mike Dodson. “We’re glad to see Tulsa getting some national recognition for our sports and recreational activities, and events like Tulsa Tough play a large part in helping us earn that recognition.”
The fourth annual Tulsa Tough Ride & Race, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis and appearing on the National Racing Calendar, crosses popular Tulsa districts.
The three-day cycling festival was created in 2006 by the Tulsa Sports Commission and the Tulsa Wheelmen to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles while showcasing the beautiful city of Tulsa with events happening in the Blue Dome District, Brady Arts District and River Parks.
Part of the event each year is the Tough Kids Challenge, which will provide 225 third — fifth-graders a free Trek bike upon successful completion of the program’s requirements
“Tough Kids is unique to Tulsa Tough Ride & Race and serves as an example for events nationwide,” said Malcolm McCollam, Tulsa Tough Ride & Race event director. “It is a great way to teach children to adopt a healthier lifestyle, fight child obesity and improve their overall quality of life and have fun doing it.”
Participating children must complete a four-part program that includes the Safe-Escape class presented by the Crime Commission, a take home worksheet on bicycle safety, and a bicycling Skills and Drills class where they will receive the bike in time to participate in the eight-mile Townie Ride on Sunday, May 31.
“The Townie Ride is a wonderful activity for the entire family,” said Dodson. “This ride is also a great opportunity for past Tough Kid participants that earned a free bike from the program to come out and ride again as a regular rider.”
The BFC application process is rigorous; currently only 108 of the 274 applicants have a BFC four-year designation. The renewal process and four levels of the ward — platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. The League judges all BFC applications on the fundamental Five Es – Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation.

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