Harvest Hustle 2014, 800 Smiling Faces! - ONIE Project

Harvest Hustle 2014, 800 Smiling Faces!

Posted by ONIE Project on 10/22/2014

Harvest Hustle Midwest City with ONIE

Let’s Get Midwest City Moving's 2014 Harvest Hustle 5K walk/run event on Sunday, October 19, 2014 was spectacular.  The complete not compete 5K is hosted by the Let’s Get Midwest City Moving initiative under the leadership of the ONIE Project and MIDWEST CITY YMCA with the support of 24 sponsors and 85 volunteers. Midwest City was moving as 780 racers completed a 5K course at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park in Midwest City and attended a Wellness Expo. The weather was perfect and the smiling faces seemed endless. The park was awash in orange as racers sported t-shirts sponsored by Variety Care Community Health Center. There were new faces and familiar faces, 33% of the racers were returning races from the 2013 Let's Get Midwest City Moving initiative.

Harvest Hustle Midwest City with ONIE

Before the race began, a wide range of vendors led an interactive wellness expo. The expo featured games and activities, helpful health information, and wellness screenings. Those attending the Wellness Expo won a “blackout bingo” prize if their bingo card was signed by twelve of the vendors. The prize was a first aid kit donated by Midwest City's Walgreens.  Many children and families jump roped with volunteers from the Midwest City and Del City Metropolitan Library, and others played with colorful hula hoops with Midwest City Jazzercise. Variety Care Community Health Center hosted potato sack races and the American Lung Association helped people exercise their lungs with wind powered boat races. Walgreens provided BMI wellness screenings and flu shots at no out of pocket cost. Midwest Regional Medical Center offered blood pressure checks. Also, there were many wonderfully painted mustaches and other designs worn by those who stopped at the ONIE Project's face painting table. All 17 vendors had a unique activity they created to show how being active and healthy is doable and fun!

Harvest Hustle Midwest City with ONIE

Everyone had a great time, especially when Midwest City's Jazzercise gave a demonstration, with many participants testing their moves. Next the Let's Get Midwest City Moving Team handed out awards! The award for the first to register went to Kim Pearse, who started registration within 4 seconds of it opening. The largest group award went to Sister's on A Serious Mission 4 Life. These women were serious with 26 members in their group! The largest group of volunteers was University of Central Oklahoma. The most life experienced racer was Elmer Grove. The youngest racer went to Shiloh Jamerson. Most festive awards went to Patterson Family Team who were dressed as zombies. Three racers dressed as black-eye peas won 2nd place most festive award. Third place most festive award went to a mother and daughter team dressed as skeletons in the tradition of the Day of the Dead, Dia de Muertos, holiday. Right before the line up began, the group warm-up was led by the Midwest City YMCA's Zumba instructor.

Harvest Hustle Midwest City with ONIE

On the course racers encountered optional obstacles and games including potato sack races, musical limbo, spider web crawl, pumpkin balance, and hula-hoop hop. Racers celebrated completing the course with granola snacks, fruit, and water that was provided by Buddy's Produce, Ozarka, and ONIE. It was one fun-filled day!  Stay-tuned for all of the photos from the day to be uploaded on the ONIE Facebook page. We want to acknowledge our sponsors and vendors who make this event possible. Sponsors:

  • Variety Care Community Health Center
  • Buddy’s Produce
  • City of Midwest City
  • FNB Bank
  • Addtronics
  • Crest Fresh Market
  • Del City & Midwest City Library – Metropolitan Library System
  • Hibbett Sports
  • Homeland
  • Icehouse Oklahoma
  • Jersey Mikes
  • McAlister’s Deli
  • Metro Family Magazine
  • Midwest City Jazzercise
  • Midwest Regional Medical Center
  • Oklahoma City 7-11Stores
  • Oklahoma State Health Department
  • ONIE Project
  • Ozarka – Eureka Water Company
  • Starbucks – Midwest City
  • TFCU
  • Wal Mart – Del City
  • Walgreens
  • YMCA – Midwest City YMCA

List Wellness Expo Vendors:

  • American Lung Association
  • CASA of Oklahoma County, Inc.
  • Family Expectations
  • Harold Hamm Diabetes Center
  • North Care
  • Metropolitan Library
  • Midwest City Fire Department
  • Midwest City Jazzercise
  • Midwest Regional Medical Center
  • Midwest City YMCA
  • The ONIE Project
  • Spencer Family Dentistry
  • Variety Care Community Health Center
  • Vision Source
  • Walgreens Pharmacy

Let's Get Midwest City Moving is looking forward to seeing you on March 29, 2015!  Like the ONIE Facebook page to be alerted of race updates including when registration opens for the 2015 Spring Race.

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