Jogging for a cause

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This past week the OSU Cowboys left Stillwater to play and dominate Louisiana Lafayette 54-28 but without a game to attend on Saturday, the town of Stillwater was left in total chaos. There was only one solution to this dilemma, Eskimo Joe’s to the rescue.
Every year during the beautiful fall season Eskimo Joe’s sponsors the Juke Joint Jog in which hundreds of Stillwater residents, OSU students, and OSU alumni come donate their time and money to help support a better cause. The 23rd annual event was a sanctioned 5k race for those looking to have the wind in their hair but also hosted a Fun Run mile for other supporters just wanted to help the foundation. All proceeds from the Juke Joint Jog went to the Stillwater United Way program. Joe’s also partners with the United Way in another event benefiting those less fortunate; The Three Amigo’s Golf Classic which takes place in May.
This year the event took place on Saturday October 9th in which the all day affair was filled with a Fun Zone for the kids, Joe’s famous cheese fries, and of course water to keep the runners hydrated. Once the weather cooled down around 4:30, runners took their mark at the starting point. The mapped out course made the jog even more enjoyable traveling from Eskimo Joe’s, around OSU’s stunning campus, and finishing up back at Joe’s. What made the run even better for participants was the beer and hotdogs waiting for them at the finish line. The first 5 people to cross the finish line first received logo medals to show their accomplishment.
I did not get to participate in the race this year. However, I did witness the event take place. I was able to see children of all age’s race alongside their parents knowing that they were helping someone in need. I watched elderly people put aside their struggles and walk a mile to help a cause stand strong. Finally I observed a town with so many differences come together as one.
Plenty of OSU alumni attended the event and did what they always do best; help enhance the town that gave them the education to succeed. Along with alumni, several students, local families, and Joe’s employees volunteered throughout the day to launch a successful and charitable event. Way to go Joe’s and way to go Stillwater. Until next game day, Go Pokes.

Check these sites out for clips about the Juke Joint Jog:

http://www.okcfox.com/newsroom/morning_news/videos/vid_1551.shtml

http://www.eskimojoes.com/community/united-way

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