The Norman Transcript

July 4, 2014

Runners get an early start for Stars and Stripes Forever 5K

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

OKLAHOMA CITY — It was still dark when Jan Haddad rode her bicycle into the driveway at the Calonkey residence Friday morning. Haddad was there to catch a ride to a 5K in Oklahoma City with fellow runner, Steve Calonkey.

To the multitudes who were still fast asleep in bed, heading out to Stars and Stripes Park at 5:30 in the morning to run a race with a 7 a.m. start time might seem a bit … well … out there.

But to Norman runners Calonkey and Haddad, most holidays — summer and winter — start with a competitive run somewhere.

“It’s fun,” Haddad said. “What else are you going to do?”

For a non-runner, getting up at “o-dark-thirty” and running so hard you’re not sure whether you’ll pass out or puke first may not sound like entertainment. For those who are hooked, however, the runner’s high, sense of accomplishment, friends and fitness are well worth the price of an entry fee.