Tulsa Tough has national impact
BY JOHN D. FERGUSON World Sports Writer
Friday, May 29, 2009
5/29/09 at 5:38 AM
John-Kelly C. Warren simply summed up the impact of the Tulsa Tough bike races during a ceremony at the Children's Hospital at St. Francis on Thursday.
"Bottom line, biking is a wicked awesome sport!" said Warren, who is the CEO of the William K. Warren Foundation.
Warren spoke at the announcement of a national team made up of Tulsa Wheelmen and the impact the Tulsa Tough event has made on competitive and non-competitive biking.
Sharina Johnson was also honored with an official Tulsa Tough jersey for participating in the Tough Kids program and has since become an enthusiastic bicycler.
"You have made Spandex more fashionable," Warren told Tulsa Tough organizers.
"You have allowed Tulsa to achieve its bike friendly city status increased the vibrancy of our downtown and has allowed Tulsa to benefit from a $1.2 million economic impact."
The Tulsa Tough has quickly become a national event to take seriously.
The race has a spot on the national calendar and should attract the world's top riders.
"You have established a first class event which has become a staple in the National Racing Circuit." Warren added.
The three-day event begins Friday in the Blue Dome District, moves to the Brady District Saturday and concludes along Riverside Drive and Galveston Street on Sunday.
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