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November 16, 2012

Dash tours McAlester for possible site

NORMAN — They haven’t had to leap over fire or trudge through mud yet, but a group of local residents are making a Herculean attempt to bring the Warrior Dash to McAlester.

The Warrior Dash is described as an extreme 5K run — with a number of obstacles added. Organizers of the dash, which benefits St. Jude’s Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., are considering bringing one of its 2013 events to McAlester.

Although no commitments have yet been made, just the possibility of bringing the Warrior Dash to McAlester has a number of local residents highly enthused at the prospect, including those who are trying to land the event and those who have already participated in a Warrior Dash in other parts of the state.

Pam Kirby, of the Human Resources office at city hall, is among those assisting with the effort.

Some representatives from the Warrior Dash planned to travel to Oklahoma from Chicago to be in McAlester to check out the city as a potential site in Oklahoma, she said.

“They want to find the community with the most enthusiasm,” Kirby said.

She said she’s been working with Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns, McAlester Police Chief Jim Lyles, local firefighters, members of the McAlester Chamber of Commerce, members of the city’s tourism department, city officials and others who are banding together on the effort to bring the event to the city.

“McAlester wants a Warrior Dash,” Kirby said.

Meanwhile, anyone wondering what all the enthusiasm is about has only to speak to some local residents who have already participated in a Warrior Dash to get an answer.

They include McAlester firefighter Kenny Barone, McAlester Police Det. Sgt. Brent McAlester and McAlester Police Dispatcher Kim Troussel.

Barone participated in the Warrior Dash at Morris in Okmulgee County earlier this year.

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