“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is
happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton The Sunday after Halloween, as I was eating leftover candy and putting away
my sculls and ravens for more acceptable general “fall” decor, I heard it: a
Christmas commercial. In fact, it was for Hallmark’s 55 Days of Christmas.
This, coupled with the fact that Christmas decorations are already on sale
everywhere I go, goes to show that Thanksgiving is quickly losing ground as
an American institution, and I won’t sit idly by and watch it happen.
Each year, people claim there’s a “war on Christmas,” but this year, I want us to fight the
war on Thanksgiving.
While the true origins of Thanksgiving may not be widely known, the thought behind it
is indeed sincere. President Abraham Lincoln declared a “national Day of Thanksgiving
and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” This was when it was
declared a federal and public holiday. However, earlier Americans were celebrating long
In 1777, while the Continental Congress was meeting in a temporary location in York,
Penn., due to the British occupation of our then-national capital at Philadelphia, a note
of thanks was issued. Samuel Adams (the person, not the beer) drafted the First National
Proclamation of Thanksgiving. Congress later adapted the final version, which, in part,
“…That it may please Him graciously to afford his Blessing on the Governments of
these States respectively, and prosper the public Council of the whole: To inspire our
Commanders, both by Land and Sea, and all under them, with that Wisdom and
Fortitude which may render them fit Instruments, under the Providence of Almighty
God, to secure for these United States, the greatest of all human Blessings, Independence
Our first Thanksgiving wasn’t meant to imitate a festive coming together of the pilgrims
and Native Americans; it was to call upon a greater power while we were at war, trying
desperately to establish ourselves as an independent nation. If there is a holiday worth
celebrating in America, Thanksgiving is worth it. So, hold off on your Christmas trees
and carols and let the turkey have his time.
I hope you’ll join my War For Thanksgiving by expressing gratitude toward family, friends,
and others who have helped you this year. I’ll go first: while we will continue giving
thanks for all of our readers, community friends
and people who are able to keep our magazines
running, we’re also expressing sincere gratitude
for allowing us, artists, writers, photographers
& designers, to practice our crafts and remain
independent. Without you, we simply wouldn’t
have a job. So, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Lighting Up Norman
Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit
like a good old lighting display, and in
Norman, nothing is quite as fantastic
as the Downs Family Light Ministry.
Since 2008 the Downs family has been
a leader in giving back to the community with this
drive through event that boasts two seventy foot tall
radio towered mega trees, ten mini trees and twenty
foot long arches all synchronized to the season’s most
cheerful playlist that has featured holiday hits from
Go Fish, Trans Siberian Orchestra, the cast of “Glee”
and Relient K. What makes this a doubly great event is
that through private donations, the Downs family has
provided 911,695 meals, to the Regional Food Bank of
Oklahoma, which serves 53 counties statewide. So tune
your radio to 107.1 and cruise on down to Norman
for some spectacular holiday cheer, and don’t forget to
bring a can or two for a fellow Oklahoman in need.
Written by Carmen Coffee
From Brazil to Oklahoma
From Brazil to Oklahoma, Sandro Sampaio’s
martial arts journey spans countries and
continents. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro,
Sampaio, now head instructor and owner of
Carlson Gracie Training Center in Moore,
Oklahoma, began his martial arts career at the age of
13, training with the legendary Carlson Gracie team in
Copacabana. After earning his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-
Jitsu, Sampaio moved to Spain to teach Jiu-Jitsu to military
and police personnel and later moved to New Zealand for a
professional MMA fight.
With experience as an international instructor under his
belt, Sampaio moved to Moore, where he opened Carlson
Gracie Training Center, affiliated with the Carlson Gracie
team that helped him begin his Jiu-Jitsu career. Experienced
in MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission tournaments,
Sampaio offers specialized instruction for self-defense,
grappling, MMA, and personal and conditional training.
Sampaio uses his specialties to help educate and train
the Moore and Oklahoma City metro communities,
including members of the Moore and Oklahoma City Police
Departments. The center is also the only gym allowed to
teach Jiu-Jitsu at Tinker Air Force Base.
Carlson Gracie Training Center offers classes for children
and adults, as well as self-defense, anti-bullying, and Muay
Thai kickboxing classes. The center also offers seminars and
private lessons to learn self-defense and Jiu-Jitsu techniques
in a more personal setting. If you’re interested in Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu, you can try one week of the center’s Brazilian Jiu-
Jitsu Academy for free. For more information about Carlson
or visit www.
Written by Sarah
Cleveland County The Christmas Store of Cleveland County,
a project within the Cleveland County
community, is now accepting donations and
volunteer applications for the 2015 holiday
season. The project aims to provide a better
Christmas for low-income families
by offering the opportunity to buy
gifts and food through the store.
Action, Inc. began the program in
1970, and the store operates solely
with the help of volunteers and
Currently, the store is looking
for new or unused donations of
children’s toys, non-perishable
groceries, household goods and products and cash
donations to help with the purchase of additional gifts. The
Christmas Store of Cleveland County will be accepting
donations Nov. 17-20, Nov. 30, Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 5.
Donation hours run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each of these
days. Donations can be delivered to the store at 641 E.
Robinson, Norman, OK.
To sign up to volunteer, you can visit
Volunteers for the store must be age 16
or older. All financial donations can be
mailed to The Christmas Store at PO Box
256, Norman, OK 73070. For additional
information about the Christmas Store
of Cleveland County, email the store at
com or visit http://christmas-store.org.
Written by Sarah Neese
A group of hundreds of Norman residents
have been working for decades to
help those in need, providing family
activities and serving the community.
If you enjoy May Day, if you have heard
about Operation School Bell, or you know a young
adult involved in the Asistanteens, you’ve heard about
Norman Assistance League.
“Some kids really need a hug, and some kids really
need a book,” Jody Duvall, Norman Assistance Leauge
member, said. “That’s why they get a teddy bear and a
book when they come to shop with us.”
About three times a week, Norman and Little Axe
school districts send 14 students who, for one reason
or another, qualify for assistance. They get to “shop”
from the Norman Assistance League’s collection of new
clothes, and they’re sent home with 3 pairs of jeans,
five shirts, seven pairs of underwear, seven socks, a
coat and a grooming kit that contains toiletry items,
and of course, a book and a bear of their choosing.
Each child is paired with a personal shopper to assist
them in finding the right sizes and picking things
out they like. Everything that the Assistance League
provides is new clothing, however people do donate
gently used clothes that the children are allowed to
pick from after they have their new items. They can
take as many of the gently used items as they wish.
The clothes are purchased with funds raised
throughout the year along with grants from the City of
Norman and other organizations. Bears and books are
sometimes donated or are also purchased with funds
from grants or fund raisers.
“Each of our adult shoppers has an iPad, with all the
schools in here and they select boy or girl and it lets us
keep track of how many kids go through,” Susan Raley,
President of the Norman Assistance Leauge, said.
The Assistance League stocks sizes from 4 to 24W for
girls and comparable sizes for boys. Kids are also sent
home with a grooming kit. For many children, it is the
only time they receive a new toothbrush of their own.
“We have to carry a huge volume just because of our
sizes we have to carry,” said Duvall
The Norman community is extremely generous, as the
NAL is funded largely from grants they receive and
other private donations from folks who just want to help
This year, older kids going through the program got to go
to Khol’s, which has been supportive of Operation School
Bell. The teens were paired with a personal shopper at
Khol’s to help them get the most bang for their buck. For
many students, this would be the first time they got to
shop for new clothes.
Operation School Bell has been a staple of the National
Assistance League, which is about 80-years-old. Norman’s
has been around since 1974. Nation-wide they’ve helped
clothe around 300,000 students.
In order to complete this amazing fete, they have to
fundraise, and fundraise they do. With many events
year-round, many are focused on fundraising except for
May Day, the annual art fair that happens each May and
Sunday with Santa.
“That’s something our Assisteens plan and execute all by
themselves, with members making sure that everything
is being taken care of,” Laura Cooper, NAL member said.
“We’re pretty hands off and these young men and women
really take charge and make it their own.”
Some upcoming events include the Holiday Home tour
happening on December 4th & 5th and Sunday with
Santa, which will happen on December 6th. The Norman
Assistance League is open to men and women who are
philanthropic and interested in giving back directly to their
community. Assisteens is open to teenagers in Norman,
you can learn more about joining, participating and
events at thier website www.assistanceleaugeofnorman.
Written by Meg McElhaney
Photographed by Jonathan Burkhart
The benefits of compounded medications are
numerous and for many patients unknown.
This article will highlight some of the reasons
compounded medications are beneficial and
necessary for many of our patients.
Pharmaceutical companies often discontinue medications
because the medication is not being used by enough of
the population. This does not mean that the medication
is bad or harmful. It is just a matter of money for the
manufacturer. Compounding pharmacies have the ability
to make these medications for patients that need them.
A growing concern for many people are sensitivities
or allergies to ingredients like gluten and lactose.
Compounding can provide these patients with an allergen
free alternative to traditionally prescribed medications.
Creating medications that are lactose, preservative,
dye, gluten, and sugar free is a common practice for
compounding pharmacies. This allows us to give our
patients the medical benefit of the medication without the
harmful affects of the potential allergen.
Prescriptions are often for standard commercial doses
of medications, but what if you need a dose that is not
commercially available? Compounding pharmacies can
make these in-between doses. This allows the patient to
continue therapy at doses tailored to their specific needs.
Many patients also need their medications in a different
form. For example a patient may not be able to take a
tablet because of age, surgery or difficulty swallowing.
Compounding pharmacies can make these medications
in a form that the patient can tolerate well like oral liquids,
or creams or gels for the skin.
Additionally, numerous medications that are given by
mouth are absorbed well through the skin. Medications
that are compounded for topical use are absorbed through
the skin and then enter the blood stream. This type of
delivery system is beneficial because your body bypasses
certain metabolism pathway and can reduce certain side
effects of oral medications
Compounding pharmacies can also make medications for
pets. This allows the pet lover to give their family member
a medication that has a flavor that is more in line with
what your pet normally eats. For example compounding
pharmacies can make medication that tastes like bacon,
liver, fish and beef. These are just a few of the flavoring
options for your pet. This makes it much easier for you to
give your pet the medication that they need.
Compounding pharmacies can be especially beneficial
for dermatology patients. Compounding pharmacies can
custom make medications for eczema, warts, psoriasis,
acne, fever blisters, nail fungus, alopecia, psoriasis, skin
pigmentation and anti-aging formulations.
We are not a one-size fits all society. A comprehensive
approach to healthcare is vital to achieving the goals of the
patient, physician and pharmacist.
Lance Thompson is a pharmacist at Brookhaven
Pharmacy in Norman. His passion for OU sports
is only rivaled by his desire to provide practical
solutions for a healthy lifestyle.
FOR SOME, PLAYING FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF
OKLAHOMA IS EVERYTHING. FOR OTHERS, IT’S
NOT ENOUGH TO ENSURE A BRIGHT & SUCCESSFUL
FUTURE. SOONERS HELPING SOONERS IS WORKING
TO CHANGE THAT.
“They opened up numerous doors
for me that would’ve never opened
without Sooners Helping Sooners,
and it just continues to grow.”
Of the 1,093,234 high school football players
that gleam under the Friday night lights,
only 6.5 percent will play in college. Of the
college stars that we cheer on at bowl games,
bedlam, and national championship victories
approximately 1.6 percent of those young men will make it
to the ultimate level – the NFL. Lets say you are from the
University of Oklahoma (OU) and have made it to being a
professional football player. You’re living a dream, achieved
by very few, and in a career that spans an average of three
– five years, if you are lucky. Taxes, agent fees, and the
procurement of eye popping luxury items will all be tied
to that “big contract” and when the pro career is over, then
That’s where Sooners Helping Sooners, Inc. comes in. Founded
by University of Oklahoma icon J.D. “Jakie” Sandefer III,
this nonprofit stands with the mission to positively impact
the lives of former University of Oklahoma student-athletes
and their families by providing opportunities for personal
development, education and rewarding career paths. The
organization was formalized in 2014 and is currently
headed by the winning combination of Sooner legends Jerry
Pettibone and Jay O’Neal. Despite its strong football ties,
Sooners Helping Sooners, Inc is committed to assisting all
former student athletes, and is inclusive of all sports and
Two-time National Championship winner, and former
University of Oklahoma coach, Jay O’Neal, at one point in
time also headed the summer job program for OU student
athletes. During that time students were able to garner
summer internships and gain real world experience in their
chosen field of study. Given today’s fierce competition this
is no longer a viable option. Student athletes spend the
majority of their summers away from their families in intense
University sponsored summer workouts. So regardless if an
individual athlete elects to go pro or finishes their 4-year
degree program, their resumes read the same – no corporate
“They’re walk ons to the job market”, O’Neal said, “raw talent”.
This is a place that may be familiar to many athletes on the
field or court, however, after earning a college degree, this in
no way can be anyone’s desired endgame. Sooners Helping
Sooners, Inc assists these former college student athletes by
transforming what they have learned from playing sports:
hard work, applying oneself, and work ethic, into success in
the job world. By no means is this process a mere handout.
Former student athletes compete, like all new graduates,
for entry level jobs, but instead of having a resume full of
internships, industry experience and references, they have
Sooners Helping Sooners, Inc. as their advocates.
“In the beginning we called up our own resources,” recalls
Jay O’Neal. Many times if they had an outstanding candidate,
they would call upon a friend, and ask “businesses to give
people a try”. Now this was never a guarantee of a job, just an
opportunity to be seen, and given a chance – former athletes
still had to prove themselves in the interview.
From these humble beginnings, our state has benefited
greatly. Sooners Helping Sooners Inc has introduced the oil
and gas, service corporations, pharmaceuticals sales, truck
driving, insurance, banking, and other industries within our
state to an often overlooked, vastly capable group of young
people eager to get into the work force. For Jay O’Neal it’s
more than just helping someone get a job. “Many of them
have families they need to provide for and we help them do
that” explains O’Neal. For this passionate group, it’s about
building a legacy for student athletes at Oklahoma’s largest
university. Former OU tight end, Bubba Moses is part of that
Moses was part of OU’s conference championship teams
from 2002 TO 2006 and participated in four Bowl Games
(Rose, Sugar, Orange and Holiday). In 2006 he graduated
from OU with a degree in criminal justice and returned
to his hometown of Houston, TX to work in a juvenile
detention center. “Playing at the University of Oklahoma,
everybody puts you on a pedestal and doesn’t prepare you for
the next [step]”, explains Moses. He also reflects back on his
college years and adds, “Personally, I didn’t take advantage of
the resources that the University of Oklahoma had to offer
because playing football [at OU] is the top thing on your list,
ya know.” For Bubba, a superior athlete that never made it to
the NFL, the reality check came quick. He rationalizes, “As
the years go on, while you’re in school, when you don’t see it
playing out how you want it to play out, then it’s like you’re
stuck in the mud. Then you say, ‘What will I do?’” A few years
ago, Moses met Jakie and his luck began to change. “They put
you in a position to succeed, to be successful” he continues
“They opened up numerous doors for me that would’ve
never opened without Sooners Helping Sooners, and it just
continues to grow.” Today, Moses and his family reside in
Fresno, TX, where he works in oil and gas, due in large part
to his experience with Sooners Helping Sooners, Inc. “They
are a wonderful organization. They are part of my family, and
my wife loves them and I do too as well,” concludes Moses.
For those in need of job placement services, an application
for Sooners Helping Sooners, Inc, is a simple click away,
when you access soonershelpingsooners.com. In addition to
employment, Sooners Helping Sooners, Inc points former
pros in need of financial planners, in the right direction.
Career center sessions are also offered to aid job seekers to
build on their speaking abilities and professional personal
appearance. This model for identifying and preparing young
people to achieve personal aspirations and career goals is
brought to fruition through an ever-growing number of
partnerships, in a diverse myriad of job fields. This particular
vision for empowering former college student athletes is
made possible by the support of businesses and individual
contributions, nationwide as well as one very special
fundraiser – the Barry Switzer Classic.
Held at the Belmar Golf Club, the Barry Switzer Classic
boasts 18 holes of Oklahoma’s best golf in celebration of
Coach Switzer’s birthday and in support of Sooners Helping
Sooners, Inc. Entrants can register as individuals or on the
higher end of the sponsorship spectrum. For a few hundred
ultimate OU fans, this is an event provides up close and
personal access to OU supporters like Oklahoma’s own
Toby Keith and former Sooner players and coaches. The
all day affair features awards, dinner, and an auction with
this bottom line – the majority of all proceeds go to benefit
future former college student athletes involved with Sooners
Sooners Helping Sooners, Inc. is constantly looking to grow
their network and welcomes support from individuals and
area businesses. For more information on Sooners Helping
Sooners, Inc. you can visit their website, get connected on
their app, or simply keep it interactive on social media. In
this season of thanks, I’m sure we all are grateful for at least
one chance someone gave us to better ourselves, in life, and
nothing feels better than giving back.
Photos by Jim Roberson
It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times, it’s holiday baking. We know the struggles of holiday cooking, and we’re here
to help you out! Whatever your holiday traditions are—conventional or unconventional—we have the perfect options
to make your holiday eating more enjoyable and less of a hassle. - Kennedy McAlister
Arbuckle Mountain Original Fried Pies (3721 N.W. 50th St., OKC)
The famous I-35 Davis, OK stop brings their fried goodies to Oklahoma City. It’s perfect
for the family who likes untraditional holiday desserts—you can order a variety of their
fried pies for your family dinner. Their special holiday pies include raisin, apple raisin
pecan, pumpkin and sweet potato.
Pie Junkie (1711 NW 16th St., OKC)
Featured in Buzzfeed.com’s article, “24 of the Most Delicious Pies in America”, Pie Junkie’s
Drunken Turtle pie reigns supreme. Order their Pumpkin Crumble with a maple bourbon
whip and sweet potato pies, and be on the lookout for their Orange Bourbon Pecan pie! They
consider themselves to be a Gluten-friendly bakery, and they can make truly gluten free pies
with 48 hours notice for customers with celiac disease.
That Pie Place (Food Truck)
A new food truck in the OKC Metro area, That Pie Place not only provides delicious
pies; it creates a fun outing for your family! Follow them on Twitter or Instagram (@
ThatPiePlaceOK) to find where they are from day to day, or visit their website (thatpieplaceok.
com) to find out how you can order whole pies.
Sherri’s Pies (704 SW 59th St., OKC)
Perfect for the hostess who has lots of food to make,
Sherri’s pink-lit interior matches the fun-loving, homey
style of their pies. Order in advance one of their
special holiday pies: pumpkin and caramel apple pecan.
Kitchen No. 324 (Downtown OKC)
Kitchen 324’s savory Chicken Pot Pie features all the holiday
goodness with a twist—a fried chicken leg in the middle
of it! Their dessert pies are freshly made in-house every
morning: coconut crème, pecan, and this fall you can enjoy
a pumpkin pie. Perfect for the family who goes out to eat for
GRIEF & THE HOLIDAYS I am far from an expert in this realm. In fact,
everything I am about to share I can almost
guarantee was advice I picked up along the way,
as the journey through the grief process does
not exactly come naturally. I can say that getting
through the holidays without your loved ones is…
tough, to say the least. From being too far away on the
map to see them, to losing them to the inevitable, not
having the option to share this season with the ones
you love can be dang near unbearable. For me, this will
be the first holiday season without my mother. Only
time will tell how well I can actually brave the next
couple of months. However, I do have a pretty good
idea of what it will take to keep myself healthy and do
a little more than just go through the motions.
As this season continues to slowly creep up, I cannot
help but almost obsess over the fact that I will not
wake up on Christmas morning to a stocking filled
by “Santa” and seeing the satisfaction she got out of
spoiling me with awesome trinkets. I literally woke up
every single Christmas morning to date to her smile.
It is pretty wild that this tradition not only lost all of
its joy, but it has ended completely. An article I read
from my mother’s hospice team mentioned that there
is always a possibility to start a new tradition, a new
normal. My first thought was that they are crazy for
saying that I can simply replace this tradition with a
new one and be content with it. However, the more I
think about it, the more it makes sense. And the more
I get excited about what it is exactly that I am going to
do in her memory that she will absolutely love and be
proud of. The possibilities are endless.
My boss mentioned in passing that a good way to spin
a situation like this into something constructive and
fulfilling is to do something for someone else. It really
got me thinking… I need to do what she would want
me to do with my time. She would absolutely hate for
me to feel sorry for myself
and hide out for a couple of
months (which in all honesty,
seems ideal). Instead, I
am determined to funnel
my energy and emotions into
something that positively impacts
someone else, in turn, positively
It will be awesome reaping the benefits of helping
others. However, it is definitely just as important
to help my own self… mentally, physically, and
emotionally. It is okay to feel bad, but it is also okay to
feel good, which is something that I have to give myself
constant reminders about. I have found that talking
about her and sharing the memories of our traditions
with those people in my life that love her like I do is
definitely one thing that makes me feel good. Another
thing that has kept me going this whole time, is
knowing that I am not alone. Everyone is fighting their
own battle. It is up to you to figure out how you will
Erika Raschke is Director of ATI (all things important) at
High Five Media Group and is a living example that positivity
and vulnerability, along with time, can heal people.
What does it mean to be a runner?
People run for fun, for exercise or for
therapy. People gear up at ungodly
morning hours just to go outside and
pound pavement. People run with their pets, they run with
their iPods, they run with their ever-moving thoughts and
they do so systematically or occasionally or erratically.
A History of Greatness
The OK Runner in Norman knows the myriad reasons
people run. They understand the different types of runners
and the different types of gear each of those runners require.
Opened in 1995 the Norman location of OK Runner has not
only survived for 20 years of business, but they have thrived.
A family-owned business, the original owners of the store
tracked their ancestors’ business back to the 1900s. Such
deep roots was one reason the owners decided to plant their
first store in the heart of Cleveland County.
“We chose running because we knew something about
it and we loved the people who we ran with,” said Gus
Thompson, Partner of OK Runner. “We wanted to figure
out a way to serve them.”
OK Runner expanded its reach in 2006, opening a location
in Edmond in the Spring Creek Village. The mission of OK
Runner is simple: “Give all guests a friendly experience
and provide them with excellent customer service, products
and expert knowledge they need.” It is that mission that
has guided the successful business and the reason it is
celebrating its 20 year anniversary this year.
A Different Kind of Shoe Store
Indeed, local runners remain loyal to a brand in the same
way a runner remains loyal to his or her reliable running
trail. OK Runner has remained successful despite the push
for online shopping. Alive before the almighty internet,
OK Runner has carved out a niche that has been able to
weather the online shopping storm so many other shoe
stores have fallen victim to. Thompson believes it’s the
customer service that produces such loyalty. Another
edge the business has is its hands-on approach to helping
customers. OK Runner provides foot assessments, personal
analyses and evaluations as well as coaching, injury advice,
clinics, running camps and training programs for its clients,
allowing it a crucial edge over the Amazons of the world.
All of OK Runner’s attributes can’t simply be added to an
online shopping bag—they’re tangible and impactful. OK
Runner also participates in too many yearly, local events to
count, showing its support to the community and people in
“I think there are three reasons the Norman and Edmond
communities have responded so positively to us,” said
Thompson. “First, we’re a locally owned company. We’re not
a national chain. I think a lot of people like doing business
with a small, locally owned-business, especially a familyowned
business. Another reason is we are part of the local
community. We serve with our churches, with our local
government and the Edmond and Norman communities.
Finally, we participate in events. Whenever there’s a local
event like local races, walks or charity events, OK Runner is
A Stellar Support System
With 20 years of experience comes many ups and downs;
however, it’s the people that keep the employees of the
running shop coming back day after day. A simple scroll
through OK Runner’s website and social media accounts
reveals that the employees value their customers above
everything else. Photos of young, happy, sweaty runners,
elite athletes and middle aged running groups pepper
the pages. The support is tangible. It is this attitude of
acceptance, no matter the skill level or running ability,
that seems to set the OK Runner apart from other cultlike
establishments. Thompson noted OK Runner’s
demographic is diverse and inclusive and one of the reasons
the store has been so successful. Support and an established
support system are two more positive attributes that OK
Runner has. Thompson attributed much of the business’
success to his family’s constant support and involvement
in the business. He also noted the things OK Runner’s
customers appreciate most about the established business.
“Our customer’s appreciate the face-to-face interaction
with our staff. They know they can get more than just a
pair of shoes when they come in. They like to talk about
their training program, their injury history and what’s new
in the market. They respect our opinions, advice, and our
knowledge of the products.”
The employees also make OK Runner unique. It is evident
that they are more like family than coworkers. Their
favorite running moments range from succeeding in their
college-level cross country meets to running in mountain
trails with their pups to becoming NCAA D1 All-American
to Turkey Trottin’ it up with their dads on Thanksgiving
morning. The wide range of interests allows each employee
to reach people in different ways. Those trying to break
their last marathon record are just as welcome as those
looking forward to completing their first ever 5K. In fact,
Thompson mentioned that the majority of OK Runner’s
customers are average, three-times-a-week runners. He
said the belief that all the customers are elite, marathon
runners, is inaccurate. Thompson said the elite runners
make up the smallest percentage of clients, with the second
largest being those individuals who rarely exercised and
were looking for supportive shoes for their everyday life.
The welcoming environment of OK Runner makes even the
most novice runner (or television enthusiast) feel welcomed
Whether you’ve hit the trails in Edmond or Norman,
OK Runner has been there for local runners. The
business’ anniversary celebration serves as a reminder
of its contributions to the community and its important
placement in both Edmond and Norman. Through its many
outreach programs, running support systems and quality
products, it’s assured that the business will be here for many
more runs to come.
Written by Katy Fabrie
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season often
leads to an overload of consumerism and stress.
It seems you can’t turn around without the urge
to buy this and purchase that. Though it’s all well
and good to buy fun gifts for your loved ones, the
meaning behind the holiday season sometimes gets pushed
aside with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness.
Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday), Dec. 1, 2015, is wholly dedicated
to taking time to think of others who truly need help.
The program is a global day centering around giving generously
to those who need it the most. The local Edmond, Oklahoma
City & Choctaw and Harrah communities are getting involved,
too. All it takes is a quick search on givingtuesday.org to locate
a charity that’s participating. A few nonprofits taking part are
HOPE Center of Edmond, Orphan Relief Effort Inc., Regional
Food Bank of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
and the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools. So
on Giving Tuesday, take the time to give back to your local community—
you’ll be happy you did.
Gratefulness comes in all breeds and sizes.
Giving thanks for those
around you is important
during the holiday season,
and what better way to show
your gratitude for man’s best
friend than to adopt a pet?
Hundreds of animals are
waiting to be adopted in
shelters across the city. Nothing
captures the spirit of the
holidays like giving the gift of
a furever friend. You can find
and adopt your furever friend
at the following shelters in
the Oklahoma City and Norman