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Tyler Berge

Tyler Berge, ‘19
OCU Meinders School of Business
Cross Country, Track & Business Administration, Accounting Major

Oklahoma City University alumna Tyler Berge (Class of 2019) took part in a special effort this summer. Berge ran across the United States as part of an Ulman 4K for Cancer relay team bringing awareness to and raising funds for the Ulman Foundation.

Berge and the relay team started in San Francisco on June 16 and arrived in Boston on Aug. 5, completing a 4,000-mile journey while raising $188,000 towards the Ulman Foundation. Each member of the team ran between 10-15 miles a day for 49 days while volunteering at hospitals and serving cancer patients along the way. The Ulman Foundation is a Baltimore-based organization that provides support, services and awareness for young adults with cancer.

The Enid, Okla., native joined the effort after being inspired by her sister Tatum's battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After a year-long fight that began in May 2018, Tatum rang the Warrior's Bell at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo., to signal her cancer went into remission. “Being involved with the Ulman Foundation has been a life-changing experience for me because I got the chance to make a difference toward something I’m passionate about and that affects almost everyone – cancer,” Berge said.

Berge became the inaugural Sooner Athletic Conference women's cross country scholar-athlete of the year for 2018-19. Berge finished fifth in the SAC Championships as a senior to be a four-time all-conference performer and contribute to the Stars' four consecutive SAC cross country team titles. She completed her OCU career as a three-time cross country academic all-SAC, three-time track & field academic all-SAC, two-time NAIA cross country scholar-athlete, two-time NAIA track & field scholar-athlete, two-time SAC scholar-athlete and two-time U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association all-academic performer.

“I always enjoyed being part of something special at OCU,” Berge said. “I love that now I have graduated, I am still part of the OCU cross country and track family. Competing for OCU was special to me every day, but I especially liked when we hosted our conference cross country meet my senior year. That was a special day because we were the underdogs, and we came out on top to win our fourth consecutive conference title.”