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The Hope Race is coming up - “Run, White, and Blue” for Education!
The Hope Race is coming up - “Run, White, and Blue” for Education!
Jamie Brace
Tuesday, November 05, 2019

The Hope Race is coming up - “Run, White, and Blue” for Education!

In light of budget cuts to education across Oklahoma, people are always inquiring about ways to give back—Claremore students are paving the way for you to do so. The annual Hope Race will be held on November 9th, at Claremore Lake. Come 8 AM, the Claremore High’s National Honor Society will have a Fun Run, 5K, and 10K set up and ready for you. All monies raised registration, shirts, and sponsors will go directly back into the school. 

The Hope Race registration sign-ups will continue until the day of the race. “Because this is a fundraiser, we will also accept sponsors and donations on the day of the race as well,” added our NHS Vice President, Reese Merriman. There are three levels of sponsorships: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Online registration and sponsorships can be found at:  

What makes this charitable event different? STUDENTS! The event is organized, from sign-ups, sponsor recruitment, promotions, logistics, budgets, correspondence, site selection, registration, and follow-ups are all completed by NHS members. This race is fostering the opportunity for students to engage in philanthropy, “the love of mankind,” and the learning and executing of a large-scale event. These students have seen the issues in their school, and are working to inspire change.  

The Hope Race has continued to grow each year that it has been put on. The inaugural race in 2014 raised funds to help one of their own who suffered the loss of his arm in a boating accident. Since then, the race has produced over $10,000 that has funded grants to different activities throughout the High School though the Career Development, Digital Video Editing (ZTV) Lip Dub, Math, and History departments. 

NHS President Chloe Zickefoose, “Making an impact in our school while collaborating with our community has been a very humbling and exciting experience. It is empowering to work with people who love and want excellence for our school.” 

The old Chinese proverb, “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime.” is true with this altruistic project. Whether you run or offer support from your business – one thing is for sure. You are donating to a cause that is teaching students to fish, and that will pay dividends to the Claremore community over time.  

At the time of print, the investments made by the following sponsor are helping these students accomplish their fundraising and educational goals. 

Gold investors include AXH, Baker Hughes, Brace Place, Cherokee Nation, and Nees Realty. 

Silver investors include Bancfirst, Cedar Point, David Merriman - State Farm, DuPont, Dr. Hyden, Karen Willhoite, DDS, Laura Willhoite DDS, Longhouse Inventory, Melton Sales, MoreClaremore, Pixley Lumber, RCB, Summit, The District on Main, Titan Homes LLC, Waste Water and Solutions.

Bronze investors are 6:19 Nutrition,  Clay Algeo, DDS, Carl’s Coney Island, Claremore Police Academy, Crap Shooter, Dorothy’s Flowers, El Maguey, Eye Care of Claremore, Keller Dentures, Marty Quinn, Melinda Steelmon D.O, Oklahoma Royal Homes, Per4ormance, Skyco Painting, Tails a Wagin’, and United Rentals.


Chloe Zickefoose, NHS President, [email protected] 

Jamie Brace, NHS Adviser,  [email protected].