Spring Forward - ONIE Project

Spring Forward

Posted by ONIE Project on 03/12/2014

Let's Get Midwest City Moving 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 the MIDWEST CITY YMCA. X sponsors and 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.  Before the race began, we had an interactive wellness expo that was an enjoyable experience for all ages.  An assortment of vendors from the Midwest City area put on fun games and activities, gave out helpful health information, and provided wellness screenings. Those attending the Wellness Expo won a “blackout bingo” prize if their bingo card was signed by nine of the vendors. The prize was a free first aid kit donated by 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 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 gave 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!  

Let's Get Midwest City Moving with ONIE


Let's Get Midwest City Moving with ONIE

Everyone had a great time warming up before the race with the Midwest City Jazzercise followed by zumba led by Midwest City YMCA.  The warm-ups was fun and got everyone read for the course.  After the warm-up, Let's Get Midwest city Moving gave 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 racers! 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. Best dressed awards went Patterson Family. Three racers dressed as black-eye peas won a best dressed award. The last best dressed award went to mother and daughter team dressed as skeletons in the tradition of the Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) holiday. 

Let's Get Midwest City Moving with ONIE

Participants finished the event with a race medal and a post race celebration hosted by Midwest City Jazzercise. Many participants stayed after they completed the race for a chance to win a prize from the many donated items thanks to Hibbett Sports and Dick’s Sporting Goods. We also had 3 grand prizes: 2- two week unlimited sessions to MWC Jazzercise and 1 six month free family membership to the YMCA.

Let's Get Midwest City Moving with ONIE

The Let’s Get Midwest City Moving initiative has been full of fun, excitement, and encouragement. It was no surprise that the Midwest City community and area wellness expo vendors would take on the challenge to show everyone that being healthy and active can be enjoyable! We want to say thank you again to our sponsors, volunteers, vendors, and of course, our participants for helping make the Spring Forward 5k and Wellness Expo a success!  Hundreds of pictures are on Facebook; we encourage you to tag yourself and your friends and family.We are looking forward to Splash Dash on June 22, 2014. 


  • Variety Care
  • St. Anthony’s Dermatology – Dr. Shelbi Hayes
  • Vision Source Midwest city
  • Buddy’s Produce
  • Great Plains Coca Cola
  • City of Midwest City
  • Addtronics
  • Crest Fresh Market
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • East Word News
  • Hibbett Sports
  • Homeland
  • Jersey Mikes
  • Metro Family Magazine
  • Midwest City Jazzercise
  • Midwest City Library – Metropolitan Library System
  • Midwest Regional Hospital
  • Oklahoma City 7-11Stores
  • ONIE Project
  • Ozarka – Eureka Water Company
  • Panera Bread Company
  • 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

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