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Your Adventure Awaits

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!”

Important Festival and Run Instructions

Princess Run/Walk Instructions & Child Safety Policy

Welcome to the 5th Annual Princess Run Festival and Little Dude Dash!  We’ve been working away preparing for this magical day down by the river!  We want the day to be a safe and memorable experience for participants and grown-ups!  Here’s the do’s and don’ts – and our overall safety instructions.  Follow these instructions and no one gets hurt, bend or break the rules and you may have to deal with the River Dragon behind the boathouse!  Ouch!

  • We have designed the Princess Run and Little Dude Dash 1.2 mile (2K) course on the Oklahoma River Trail.  Due to safety and adult concerns, we will do a COMBINED start of Princesses and Little Dudes at 2:00pm again this year.  We will collect everyone in the festival area, have some interactive performances and singers, and then have a fun procession over to the Chesapeake Boathouse!  The kids will start in front of the Chesapeake Boathouse.  They will run west for .6 miles, then turn and come back to the same place to finish and receive their medals.  The river trail is narrow and we will “pinch” the start to allow everyone to spread out once they get running/walking.  Please be courteous and share the joy and the trail!
  • The Princess Run Festival Policy does NOT allow any pets on the run course.  The ONLY exception is for a participant with a need and a trained ‘guide’ animal.  This is an important safety rule!
  • No skates, skateboards, bikes or motorized vehicles (other than OKC Police) are allowed on the course during the run/walks.  Please save these for another time!
  • Baby Strollers must start in the back of the start corral and stay on the right side of the trail the entire time.   Please help us keep this course safe.  Please look out for each other!


Child Safety Policy

  • Our Princess Run Festival Team takes child safety very seriously.  Before the run, we will announce the specific directions of our ‘lost’ person procedure and reveal the colors of the safety team shirts that will be there to help anyone lost, misplaced or otherwise needing help.  When they have identified that a child is ‘misplaced’ – they will stay with that child and be taken to the Devon Boathouse until they are reunited with their responsible party.  So, for you grown-ups, bring your identification with you – we will be confirming that you are who you say you are before releasing the child!  Law enforcement and emergency responders are on the property for the entire event.
  • During the festival and runs, the Princess Run Safety Team will have direct line of sight of EVERY child.  We will be observing from several sites and many will be running with the kids.   Please help us and report to the special colored shirts or race/city officials if you observe any odd or strange behaviors.  The festival will have the same colored safety team that will be watching the activities.
  • Headquarters for the event is inside the Devon Boathouse – lost and found, missing persons, first aid and all other event related operations will be inside the boathouse.  We will have a colored shirt team leader inside with first aid taking any reports or working any emergencies.
  • Enjoy the event – your diligence and cooperation will ensure that our kids have a royally fun experience!

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

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 …