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Published on: 02/07/2018

Okemah’s 9th Annual Crystal Run February 24th

Media Release


crystal marquee

(Okemah, Okla.)  The 9th annual “Crystal Run” will be held in downtown Okemah, OK February 24th
at 11:00 a.m. The run is held as a major fundraiser for the historic “Crystal


Last year’s event drew 200 participants from 5 states and the funds
raised have been used to maintain the theater as well as assist in day to day
operating costs. Crystal Run organizer, Tessa Russell, is hoping for a big turnout
this year,

“This run is all about saving and preserving our small town heritage.
The Crystal has been the central hub of Okemah and surrounding areas for
many decades and without fundraisers it would not be possible to keep it
operating. The Crystal Run is the major effort we use to raise these funds. We
would like to thank the participants and sponsors for helping us achieve our

Built in 1921 as a Vaudeville theatre, the Crystal Theatre was remodeled in 1931
and was inspired by Tulsa’s Ritz Theatre, with floating clouds, twinkling stars,
stained glass lights, and cut-velvet upholstered seats. With its balcony and
orchestra pit, the Crystal Theatre is one of very few historical theaters left in the
State of Oklahoma. The theater has been recently remodeled and returned to its
former glory and is being operated by Okemah’s CIA as a modern movie theater
showing first run films five nights per week.

Prior to the 5K run, a 1K fun run will be held. Participants in both events will
receive the t-shirt and goodie bag. Entrants are welcome to run, jog, or walk.
Race organizer Russell states, “Everyone is welcome and encouraged to
participate regardless of conditioning or athletic abilities.” The run is a timed
event on a certified course. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female
finishers in each age category. The business or organization with the most
entries will receive a plaque.

Cost to enter the 5K prior to February 17th will be $25.00 and the Fun Run
$15.00. After the February 17th deadline the cost goes up $5.00 for each event.
The Fun Run begins at 11:00 a.m. and the 5K begins at 11:30 in front of the
Crystal Theater at 401 West Broadway.

For more information contact Tessa Russell tessjrussell@icloud.com or visit
www.crystal5krun.weebly.com You can register online at
https://runsignup.com/Race/OK/Okemah/Crystal5KRun. Registration forms may
also be picked up and dropped off at Citizens State Bank located at 402 West
Broadway in Okemah.