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OCU Hosts ‘Run to Stop’ Distracted Driving

Oklahoma City University will host a 5K run called Run to Stop at 9 a.m. April 21 to raise awareness for a movement aimed at fighting texting while driving, a practice that according to the FocusDriven advocacy group leads to at least 100,000 vehicle accidents each year.

Brandi Gibson, race organizer, started supporting Oprah Winfrey’s No Phone Zone campaign and FocusDriven, an organization dedicated to eliminating driving while using cell phones, after her 20-year-old stepdaughter was killed in an accident involving distracted driving nearly three years ago.

“We hear many stories about how texting or talking on the phone while driving has caused some serious accidents,” Gibson said. “Even though it’s dangerous to themselves and others on the road, people still do this all the time. Distracted driving affects everyone, and our family would like to save other families from having to endure the tragedy that we experienced.”

The fast-loop Run to Stop running course will go through the OCU campus. The race will begin at the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center at N.W. 27th Street and Florida Avenue.

Advance entrance fees are $10 for the race only, or $20 for the race and a commemorative T-shirt. Registration on race day is $15 for the race only and $25 for the race and T-shirt. Registration and packet pickup will begin at 8 a.m. Door prizes will be awarded.

Age groups are 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65 and older.

There will also be a one-mile fun run/walk and T-shirt for $10, or $1 for the fun run/walk itself.

OCU cross country coach Conor Holt, co-organizer of the event, has put together a training plan to help competitors get into shape. Cross country coaches will stay in touch with trainees via e-mail and a weekly phone consultation.

For more information about Run to Stop, e-mail Holt at cholt@okcu.edu or visit the website at:

http://www.active.com/running/oklahoma-city-ok/ocu-run-to-stop-5k-2012