In today's fast paced world, it is refreshing to see a community focused on the healthy lifestyles & the future of a cities youth lifestyles they will carry with them as adults.
I was introduced to this program about a month ago through a random email. It was a program that I had not heard anything about before I received the forward. We all get these from time to time and 90% of the time they get deleted in my mailbox.
This one was a program for kids 3rd - 5th grade to attend classes, a race and work toward a new Trek bicycle. When my son heard that he was all over this one!
At a loss of knowledge I signed him up, we made the cut and he was registered. Our local St. Francis Children's Hospital donates 250 Trek bikes to children on a limited sign up basis and at the end of an 8 mile ride, the bike is yours to keep. Yes, 8 miles!
So, this morning we drove to downtown Tulsa and headed toward the River parks starting line. I was not expecting the people, tents or the national sports channel covering the events! Nor did I think there would be a big screen television as the cyclists raced. With a purse of $151,000 there were some of the best cyclist teams both men and women from throughout the world at the www.tulsatough.com event. There were pro cyclist races, tour rides and then the 8 mile Tulsa townie race for the little riders.
Now, you know I had to sneak in some kind of design into the post..... this is the back lawn of Mc Birney mansion. It was once called home, but is now rented for private parties, events and weddings / receptions. I have been to a few wedding reception's here, it is a beautiful place which overlooks the river and is a rolling lawn where people picnic in the summer and there is much snow in the winter.
A picture of the front of Harwelden, it is a classic brick style mansion with Tudor touches and a wonderful bronze sculpture in the oval garden as you walk up by Rosalind Cook. This one is just up the hill a little further but is another Tulsa treasure as it can be rented out for weddings / parties. I had my own wedding reception there, just beautiful.