Let's do the Harvests Hustle!
Harvest Hustle 2016
The final preparations are underway and the course is waiting for you to arrive. And of course, we can't wait to see you! Before the big day, we have a few tips on preparing for the big event!
When and where do I pick up my packet?
Packet pick-up is at the Midwest YMCA, 2817 N. Woodcrest Drive, Oklahoma City, on Friday and Saturday. Packets can also be picked up prior to the race on Sunday. Below is the exact schedule:
- Friday, October 21: 4:00-8:00 p.m. (YMCA)
- Saturday, October 22: 8:00-1:00 p.m. (YMCA)
- Sunday, October 23: 1:00-2:00 p.m.(J.B. Barnes Regional Park)
We strongly recommend picking your packet up at the YMCA on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. or Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. T-shirts are available on a first come, first serve basis. Very few, if any, t-shirts will be left on Sunday.
What should I wear?
Sunday is expected to be a nice, fall day—mostly sunny with a breeze. High temperatures are likely to be in the upper-70s (78º). Wearing your race-shirt should be enough to stay warm and not get to hot when walking or running the course. If you tend to be a bit cooler, dressing in layers will keep you warm before and after the race. On the course, you can take a layer off and tie it around your waist.
Also, we are having a costume contest. Categories include the most festive group for team or family, the most festive child or youth, and the most festive adult. Show us your most festive side and win the contest!
Would you like to make a donation?
The Mid-Del Food Pantry will be at the event. If you like to make a donation, please bring a non-perishable food item. A plastic bag will be in your goody-bag to make it easy to carry food items to the park.
What time should I get there?
The pre-race Wellness Expo begins at 1:00 and has music, games, activities, and vendors. It is a lot of fun! You can also get moving early with the group dance at 1:45 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony. After the ceremony, Jazzercise of Midwest City will lead us in a group warm-up at 2:30, and then we will begin to line-up and stretch for the 5K event at 2:45 pm. The 5K will start at 3:00 p.m.
Where do I park?
Parking is available at Buddy’s Produce, the Elk’s Lodge, MWC Public Works, Century Martial Arts, and the north side of Regional Park. We ask that you refrain from parking at the Landing Zone and MWC Fraternal Order of Police 127. We have not been approved to use their parking lot for this event. Please check out our map for reference.
What is a “heat” anyway?
Let’s Get Midwest City Moving is a fun, family event, and is very popular. We love seeing all the smiling faces. However, the course can become congested. To help manage the traffic, we organize people into groups based on participant’s preferred pace. Groups are then released in 5 minute increments, spreading out the number of people on the course.
- Heat 1: Ainsley’s Angles (participants with special needs and their champions)
- Heat 2: Speed Demons (fast runners-12 minute mile or less)
- Heat 3: Speedsters (speed walkers and walk/joggers)
- Heat 4: Movers (walkers)
- Heat 5: Cruisers (moving at my own pacer, don’t rush me)
Everyone completes the 5K at their own pace. Unless you are a speed demon, it is best to walk/jog to the right of the course. Just like traffic on a highway, the speed demons can then pass you on the left.
What if I come in last?
The Harvest Hustle is a complete not compete 5K race. The goal is to have fun and be active. Wear your Finishers medal proudly—you have beaten the thousands of people who are spending their Sunday on the couch.
What if I get separated from my friends and family on the finish line?
Create a plan before the race and agree upon a place to meet friends and family after the race.
How can I support the “kiddos” on the course?
The Harvest Hustle is a family event, and there will be lots of kiddos and strollers on the course. To help keep the walk interesting for the kiddos, we have game stations planned along the way. We want to let these be a surprise for you, but as a teaser, one of the games is a spider web crawl. You can also play games with the kids, such as “I Spy” or ask them to look for birds or squirrels along the path.
Some past participants have mentioned that children 5 to 6 years old may be too big to carry or ride in a stroller, yet find it too far to walk. One way to resolve this issue is to bring along a wagon (most any wagon will do). Young children can take periodic breaks, and several children can fit in one wagon.
What should I eat for lunch?
The key is to avoid heavy food. Bagels, bananas, and peanut butter are good choices. A favorite of ONIE is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on whole wheat bread. These foods give you energy that will last throughout the whole race. Foods like cheeseburgers, pizzas, and fried foods can give you a stomach ache when you are active; not good.
What do I drink?
Drinking water and staying hydrated are an important part of your race day. You asked for more water and we heard you! Before the race, we will have little cups of water available and you will pass two water stops along the course. A fresh, cold bottle of water awaits you after you cross the finish line. We encourage you to bring your own bottle and refill it from our containers as much as you like.
The last and best tip!
It is all about having fun and spending time with your friends, family, and community. ONIE, the Midwest City YMCA, and lots of volunteers will have tons of encouraging signs and people along the course to help keep you on route and cheer you on as you finish!! Have a great time and enjoy the music, games, and activities at the Wellness Expo. We will be there to take your picture at the Family Fun Photo Booth.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the race on Sunday! Let's Get Midwest City Moving!