Thousands Expected To Pack Downtown Tulsa For 'Tulsa Tough' Race Friday

Thursday, June 3rd 2010, 4:45 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, OK – For the first time, this year's Tulsa Tough race will be televised.

Cox will air Friday's professional race time-delayed around 9:15 p.m., after the conclusion of the Minnesota Lynz vs. Tulsa Shock WNBA game.

That's just one thing that has organizers excited this year. At Thursday's kick-off party, they said race entries were up.

There are people from 35 states and five countries participating. And, they say Tulsa Tough is getting national recognition as one the top three cycling events. The event is expected to attract 1,500 riders, nearly 2,000 racers, and 15,000 spectators. It's expected to generate up to $2 million for Tulsa's economy.

"We're not surprised that we could do it because we always believed we could," said Malcolm McCollam, Tulsa Tough Event Director: "But it's been rewarding to know that the rest of the country has seen that too."

Registration for the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough race opens at 5:15 p.m. Friday night in downtown Tulsa, with the first race starting at 6:20 p.m.

To see the race course, and more race times, click here.

This year's Townie Ride is Sunday, June 6th, at 2 p.m, just south of 15th and Galeveston Streets on Riverside Drive in Tulsa. The ride is designed for all age groups.