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Here is what is in store for our Princesses, Little Dudes and all other magical creatures down by the river from our partners at The Oklahoma Boathouse District and RIVERSPORT Adventures:

“Please visit the OKC Boathouse District RIVERSPORT Adventures during, and after the Princess Run and Little Dude Dash on May 4th, and find some enchanting fun! We have a $5 discount for everyone with a bib – and it buys up to 4 more passes!  The 80-foot SandRidge Sky Trail will lead the bravest superheroes and princesses up into the clouds. You’ll be able to see the entire kingdom of Oklahoma City from the top! Use your magic dust to float down on the Rumble Drop or try out the Sky Slide – it’s like your own rabbit hole!  Those that want to stay on the ground won’t miss out on the magic. We used our superpowers to bring a cloud down from the sky just for you to jump on! The Cloud Bounce is fun for all ages – even grownups. The enchanted Extreme Air Jumper and Bungee Trampolines will bring out your own superpowers as you flip and jump up to 20 feet in the air. Finally, you’ll put your wings to good use as you fly 200 feet on the Air Express Zip. There’s plenty of whimsical fun at RIVERSPORT Adventures, it’s all waiting for you in the Boathouse District!”

Princess Run News Release


Wednesday, March 27, 2014

Contact:  Sheila Kidder

2014 Princess Run Festival and Little Dude Dash Date Set

MAY 4, 2014  “Another Magical Day Down by The River”

OKLAHOMA CITY:  runhers, a women’s health and lifestyle organization headquartered in OKC, announces that the 5th Annual Princess Run Festival and Little Dude Dash will take place on May 4, 2014 from 1pm – 5pm in and around the OKC Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River.

The nationally renowned OKC Boathouse District will again be transformed into a magical village on May 4th for the children’s festival.  The Princess Run is a frolicking, whimsical 1.2 mile run/walk/stroll event designed to delight girls 12 and under while encouraging a healthy and happy lifestyle.  The Little Dude Dash is a “wicked cool” 1.2 mile run/walk for superhero boys.  Part of the proceeds will benefit The Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation.

The festival begins at 1:00pm as the festival opens on the OKC Boathouse District grounds.  The festival includes interactive experiences with the OKC Barons, Ice Girls, The NEW OKC Energy Pro Soccer Team and much more.  All of the venues will be open for tours and youth activities of OKC RIVERSPORT.  Food Trucks like Roxy’s Ice Cream will be out to celebrate as well.  The Princess Run will start at 2:00pm and the Little Dude Dash will start at 3:00.  The 1.2 mile runs will be along the Oklahoma River trails.  A full schedule of attractions and activities, along with course map and village layout will be released on April 25th.

“The Princess Run and Little Dude Dash Festival is designed to celebrate our kids!   On May 4th,  the kids experience is our main focus (parents can run w/kids or act like kids), our creativity and imagination allows us to be as playful as we can with the festival,” says runhers special projects director Sheila Kidder. “We want the event to entertain, engage and celebrate our amazing kids while offering support and awareness for all the great things that are happening on the Oklahoma River here in OKC.”

There is an entry fee to participate in the Princess Run and Little Dude Dash event.  Registration for the event is now open.  The Princess Run and Little Dude Dash participant level will be capped and has sold out the prior three years.  The festival is a free and open event.  See  Twitter @princessrunfest

about runhers® women’s association

We are a creative force that empowers women to discover, design and activate their version of a healthy and happy life.  We create partnerships and experiences that engage, entertain and inspire women everywhere.

To engage, please visit us at or – twitter @runhers – email

About Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation

The OKC Boathouse Foundation promotes the use and development of the Oklahoma River as a world-class urban aquatic venue and provides access to rowing, kayaking and fitness programs for people of all ages and abilities. OKCBF programs pursue the highest goals of sports and embrace the principles of the Olympic spirit which inspire athletes to work toward personal excellence, embrace the power of teamwork, and practice respect for all people and the environment. To learn more or get involved, call (405) 552-4040 or visit , or


Princess Run News Release

March 26, 2013



Contact:               Sheila Kidder – (405.659.2852)

NEWS9 Partners with Princess Run Festival

Bobbie Miller will host as “Her Royal Highness”

runhers women’s association is happy to announce this partnership with Oklahoma’s Own NEWS9 & Griffin Communications for the 5th Annual Princess Run Festival and Little Dude Dash.  The festival is set for May 4th, 2014, and is set on the properties of the Oklahoma City Boathouse District.  NEWS9’s morning anchor Bobbie Miller will serve as Her Royal Highness. She’s on every weekday morning from 5:00-7:00 a.m.

The Princess Run Festival and Little Dude Dash features running/walking events of 2K (1.2 miles).  The festival is full of interactive kids experience with the OKC Boathouse/Riversport experiences, OKC Barons Hockey, the new OKC Energy Football Club, Arts and Crafts Pavilion and other experiences such as a dance clinic hosted by Studio J Dance.  There will be a Roxy’s Ice Cream truck as well as other food trucks to enjoy this “magical day down by the river.”

NEWS 9’s Bobbie Miller says, “I am sharing my love of exercise with my kids at an early age. So, I’m excited to get my one year old in a tutu & my boys in their superhero costumes – whatever it takes to get them moving! Plus, I’m taking advantage of this ‘Her Royal Highness’ title!”

runhers Director of Special Projects Sheila Kidder states, “We love celebrating kids at this magical day down by the river.  We are very happy and honored to have NEWS9 on board as a partner for the 2014 event.  And, Bobbie Miller has a special energy, and it will be great fun to see it on display at the festival.  We’re jazzed!”  Kidder adds, “This is such a visual treat for the eyes, the princesses really embrace the royal theme, and the dudes express their inner superhero!  Many parents get in the spirit with their own creativity in costumes!” 

About Princess Run Festival

The Princess Run Festival and Little Dude Dash is imagined by runhers women’s association.  The 5th Annual Festival is designed to delight and celebrate kids, ages 12 and under, and families.  The Princesses and Little Dudes run a 2K (1.2 mile) distance, while the festival features OKC Riversport activities, as well as many other interactive kid/family experiences.  More info at Twitter @princessrunfest and on Facebook.  Contact:

About Oklahoma’s Own NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY’S Oklahoma’s Own is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Oklahoma City’s Own. – Twitter @NEWS9

About runhers® women’s association

We are a creative force that empowers women to discover, design and activate their version of a healthy and happy life.  We create partnerships and experiences that engage, entertain and inspire women everywhere.  To engage more, please visit us at or – twitter @runhers – email


A minstrel wanders into the village. The crowd gathers as he brings royal news from afar: The Minstrel cries, “Princesses from the four corners of the world, and Little Dudes who dare are called to gather on the Fourth Day of May, in the year Twenty Fourteen, to celebrate in this grand festival of children. It will take place in the territory of Oklahoma, in the City of Oklahoma City on the banks of the mighty Oklahoma River.” He continues, “It shall be the Fifth Gathering of the Princess Run Festival and the Little Dude Dash.”

During the festival, there will be magical happenings to and from, here and there that will engage the senses and capture the imagination. We shall run hither and yon, with joy and glee until we cross that fabulous finish line, where we shall receive our award of medal. Thereafter, we will commence to dance and sing; with food and drink – to express ourselves through the arts, to row the mighty river and to play with other magical things that bounce, float, zip and fly!

Yes, this is the most Annual Princess Run Festival & Little Dude Dash – the Oklahoma River Festival of Children. We will announce the registration date in early February. Please be so kind as to honor us with your child’s presence. It will be story in their memories that you can help write. It is a festival that as the years pass, they will bring their own Princesses and Little Dudes as well – and oh, the memories! That fabulous day down by the river …

As always dear Princesses and Little Dudes, we are at your service.

~ The Honorable Committee of Royal Pains

Family Food Fights Rock!

A Few Food Tips…Hey there! We thought it would be great to share through a series of articles some ideas and tips that can help everyone in the family be happier, more active, a little less dependent on ‘technology entertainment” – a little more aware of all the choices we make for ourselves and those we love (most of the time!).

Sometimes it’s just hard to know what is the right thing to do – we are bombed each day with advertising, new studies and all the other ‘health’ news. It’s crazy to think anyone can keep up with all of it! It’s also very tough to make the right choices and stick with them. We know that by taking better care of yourself/family and becoming a healthier home, your rewards are plentiful! You and the family are happier, more confident, manage stress better, have more energy, etc. – and that list keeps going on and on!

Basically, whatever you do, you’ll do better if you are more fit! That is true from age 2 to age 102! So, our approach is simple … keep it simple. Using your common sense makes all the sense in the world. Making small changes, taking small steps and adjusting along the way is what works! Just going outside is a big deal – get outside and play! It’s natural for kids of all ages! Be creative – let everyone in the family suggest fun little activities!

We’ve found through common sense research that a family that has food fights together is a family we want to hang out with! We think that being realistic and not obsessing about food will help the whole family have a ‘healthy’ relationship with food. Learn together, be creative and experiment! Have fun! Here’s a few ideas about food for the family:

  • Let’s start early. Always eat breakfast. It matters, oh yes it does! It’s been proven to boost memory, help moods (we all need that one once in a while!) and gives you better test scores or work output, depending on how old of a kid you are! Be creative – and things like fruit are some health cereals are easy and fast to prepare!
  • Eat more colors! Yes, fruits and veggies! Have fun with it – try different things and eating seasonal foods can help save money as well. Chose whole foods over processed foods. If you can’t pronounce any thing on the ingredient list, it can’t be good!
  • Sweetened drinks = yuck! Yeah, these soft drinks and other sweetened beverages are a large contributor to bad health and bad mojo. It’s known as “America’s Other Drinking Problem.” So, you have to limit them, not even one a day is good for you. Even sports drinks that are promoted to aid in performance and recovery are sweetened. Be smart! Label read. Water is your best friend. Really!
  • Eat meals together! Please! Turn off the TV – sit down at the table and enjoy the food and each other as many days of the week as possible! Everyone benefits, and that’s how a really good food fight starts, with everyone present!
  • Be positive about food. Here we go; “experts” agree that how a family thinks and talks about food has a big impact on health now, and in the future. Be smart! All foods can fit in a balanced diet – just be sensible.

Kids Running & Funning!

Some Helpful Tips

Well, you’ve signed up your kids for the Princess Run or Little Dude Dash (or both!). You might be a runner yourself! No worries if you’re not. Running is really not that hard – the basic theory is this: fall forward and hope your feet catch up! As you learn more, there are form and techniques that can be used if your kid is interested in actually running further or faster, but running is as natural as laughing to most kids! Make it fun! Running can be a lifetime activity, so … as our friend Bart Yasso, The Mayor of Running and Chief Running Officer for Runner’s World Magazine always says, “Never limit where running can take you!” Good advice … thanks Mr. Mayor!

  • Make Running Fun – Running is fun and it should be fun. Don’t punish kids by making them run. Encourage kids to participate, to use their imagination and help create running fun wherever you go!
  • Running through the ages – How do kids develop in running? What should know about ‘helping’ kids with running? Well, it’s pretty simple and mostly common sense. Kids mature emotionally and physically at different rates, and so flexibility and enjoyment matter a great deal! Before puberty kids are always growing and changing. Excessive, systematic training may interfere with normal growth and cause injury in a child. Between the ages of 3 and 10, promote regular movement/exercise, which can include runs at an age appropriate level! Increase activity slowly and gradually, while keep the fun and creativity flowing! As they run more, the can learn a little more of good running form/technique.
    • Kids 5 and under generally haven’t really even developed a running gait yet, so they shouldn’t run in any real programs. They should just run with joy, and with short attention spans (like many of us older kids have) they can just create some ‘fun runs’ on their own as a natural play habit. So, while doing the Princess Run or Little Dude Dash – short spurts of running with some walking, skipping or other fun forward movement is how to get through it! Don’t even think about time other than the time you are sharing with them having fun!
    • Kids age 5 – 8 Yes, it is still all about the fun! Yes, there will be some running families where the kids want to ‘race’ the kids’ events. That’s fine as long as it is their choice and running is their love. Just keep the distances shorter. Princess Run and Little Dude Dash are perfect for this group. Remember to keep an eye on your kid for signs of discomfort and pain. “A child who says he or she is hurting or tired must be allowed to stop.” Bill Roberts, M.D., past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, has his own Happy Test. “How can you tell?” Smiles,” he says.
    • Kids ages 9 – 12 These ages have more growth and maturity, so there are more training and running options for this age. Many kids look to the track and the mile or the 1500 meters as the ‘long’ event. Some have their eyes set on a 5K, again there is no ‘one size fits all’ and the individual kid and their goals come into play. Running smart is still encouraged, as the kids are still growing. Too much too soon can also lead to burnout. So be smart, learn all you can. Talk to youth coaches and other runners. Encourage other sports activities as well. Enjoyment and love of the sport is our first priority!

Some of the best running advice ever: Run with Joy! Run with Joy! Run with Joy! Happy running and thanks for helping your kids be all they can be! They are the most remarkable people on the planet! They grow up fast, so make these moments count. As the always wise and clever Dr. Seuss said, “I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.” Never take for granted the opportunity to spend time with a kid, this very moment matters! Oh, the possibilities …

Fun Facts About Running Shoes


  • Did you know that the first running shoe was created in the early 1800’s? It was a pair of cloth shoes with a rubber sole attached to the bottom.
  • Spiked running shoes date back to 1852! They are still used today by track and field athletes. Many athletes insist that they provide a better grip on the track than regular running shoes.
  • The British lead the way! The very first manufacturer was a company called Boulton, headquartered in Great Britain (UK). It was started in the 1890’s.
  • The Dassler Brothers, Rudolph and Adolf, first developed the Puma and Adidas running shoe companies as a family business. They split up after a 1940’s dispute! Wonder what that was all about? The companies are both thriving and doing great to this day!
  • The term “sneaker” was given to the shoes “way back when” due to the lack of noise from the rubber soles of the shoes!

Running Shoe Facts

  • There are 3 basic types of running shoes. These are called stability, cushioned neutral and motion control. The shoes are designed around the “type” of arch you have in your feet. Most people have a medium arch, for which the “stability” shoe is generally recommended. For people with high arches, the best fit is usually the cushioned neutral shoe. If you have flat feet or low arches, the shoe for you is typically the motion control model.
  • If you plan on running regularly, you probably want to have your shoe fitted at a running shop, a specialty running retailer. They have the training needed to look at your feet, watch you run and walk and suggest 3 or 4 brands that may be best for your feet. Don’t get hung up on ‘brand’ so much – the shoe that hugs your foot the best is probably the right one. There are several very good running shoe brands! Make sure you have a thumbnails length of space in the toebox of the shoe (the space between your big toe and the tip of the inside of the shoe). It may mean going up in size a half size!
  • Running shoes normally need to be replaced every 350 – 500 miles! You can still use them as knock around shoes – but the soles and cushioning will have enough wear on them that we don’t recommend any more running in them! You can take those worn shoes with you to the specialty running store – the “wear pattern” can be useful to the shoe specialist in your next shoe selection. Every little bit helps!