Cherokee Nation Wings Program keeps racers fit

TAHKEQUAH, Okla.—In late March, the Cherokee Nation Wings Program announced their line-up for 2024. The program schedules 17 races, which are 5K each, across Cherokee Nation Reservation. The The Wings program offers both in-person and virtual options for Cherokee Nation citizens and non-citizens to get active and stay healthy. All 5K race events are free for Wings members.

“The Wings races provide a fun way for our citizens and employees to embrace an active lifestyle focused on fitness and wellness,” Deputy Chief Bryan Warner said. “These events bring our communities together, while also promoting the benefits of the Wings program and the importance we place on health and healthy habits in the Cherokee Nation.”

The 2024 Wings race season will visit communities across the reservation including Tahlequah, Bartlesville, Stilwell, Grove, Sallisaw, Pryor, Jay, Webbers Falls, Westville, Vian, Vinita, Nowata, Muskogee, Claremore and Hulbert. In addition to the 5K runs, all races will also feature a fun run event.

Participants can register for the 2024 Wings races and learn more about the Wings program by visiting Race details, registration information for individual events and the Wings membership application can all be found there as well.

Participating in the Wings races is a great way to stay motivated and engaged with the program while experiencing our beautiful Cherokee communities,” Lisa Pivec, Cherokee Nation Public Health Executive Director said.

The Public Health and Wellness Fund Act of 2021 in Cherokee Nation dedicates $100 million in settlement funds from opioid and e-cigarette lawsuits for a variety of public health programs, including $76 million for drug treatment capital projects. The Act, established by Principal Chief Hoskin and Deputy Chief Warner, also dedicates 7 percent of the tribe’s annual third-party health insurance collected to physical and mental wellness programs, such as the Cherokee Nations Wings Program.

The Cherokee Nation hosts a 5K race program to help citizens enjoy communities while keeping fit.

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