Crossing the finish line at the 2017 Putnam City Cancer Classic, which raises funds for cancer research at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Putnam City Schools will host the 11th annual Putnam City Cancer Classic 5-kilometer run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 3. The event will take place at Wheeler Park on the Oklahoma River and will feature a 5K beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by a one-mile fun run/walk at 10 a.m.
The event benefits cancer research at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Last year’s Cancer Classic drew more than 1,200 participants.
Cancer Classic coordinator Kate Waring said her goal is to help the race grow in popularity and participation. “We are working hard within the district to promote this fantastic event,” she said. “This year, we have a big emphasis on staff participation and multiple competitions between schools in the district.”
The cost for the 5K is $30 per person, and the fun run is $15. All participants will receive an event T-shirt. Donations will also be accepted, and you can purchase “I’d rather sleep than run” sleep masks for $10.
Since its inception in 2008, the event has raised more than $100,000 to support cancer research at OMRF.
“OMRF and Putnam City Schools have a long history together,” said Waring. “The amazing work OMRF does for cancer research is necessary, important and very much appreciated. It is vital that we support what they do and support it through fund drives, because every penny makes a difference.”
For more information, visit or the event’s Facebook page @PCCancerClassic.