Let's Step into Spring!
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, Midwest City, on Friday and Saturday. Packets can also be picked up prior to the race on Sunday. For families and large groups there will need to be one person at packet pick-up for every six race packets. Below is the exact schedule:
- Friday, March 24th: 4:00-8:00 p.m. (YMCA)
- Saturday, March 25th: 8:00-1:00 p.m. (YMCA)
- Sunday, March 26th: 1:00-2:00 p.m.(Joe 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?
We would like everyone to wear their free race shirts. Sunday is expected to be partly cloudy with scattered rain in the afternoon. Temperature is likely to be 80°F. Bringing a lightweight wind breaker in case it rains.
We will be having a costume contest so you can also dress up in your most festive spring outfit! Contest categories include the most festive group for team or family, the most festive child or youth, and the most festive adult.
Would you like to make a donation?
The Mid-Del Food Pantry will be at the event. If you would like to make a donation, please bring non-perishable food items. A plastic bag will be in your race packet to make it easy to carry food items to the park.
What time should I get there?
The fun begins at 1:00 p.m. with our pre-race Wellness Expo. It’ll have music, games, activities and vendors. 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. To help manage the traffic on the course, we organize people into four groups plus early-release/wheelchairs based on participants’ preferred pace. Groups are then released in 3 minute increments, spreading out the number of people on the course.
- Early-release (5-minutes before Heat 1 - 2:55): Wheelchairs and Ainsley’s Angles (participants with special needs and their champions)
- Heat 1: Speed Demons (fast runners-12 minute mile or less)
- Heat 2: Speedsters (speed walkers and walk/joggers)
- Heat 3: Movers (walkers)
- Heat 4: Cruisers (moving at my own pace)
Everyone completes the 5K at their own pace. It is best to walk/jog to the right of the course especially when someone is coming towards you. Course Map
What if I come in last?
Step into Spring 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 Step into Spring 5K 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. Be sure to pay them a visit! 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. 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. 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!
The ONIE Project