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Attention, runners: If you’re looking for a great way to spend Saturday afternoon, why not sign up for HOPE’s first-ever World AIDS Day Mistletoe Run?

Participants have their choice of three events: a 5K run, a one-mile timed run or a one-mile dog walk. The Mistletoe Run benefits Health Outreach Prevention Education (HOPE), a Tulsa-based nonprofit health organization that provides prevention education, counseling, testing and linkage to medical care and social services for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

According to a press release from the organization, awards will be given for first place in all age groups for the 5K and one-mile run, as well as for the most creative dog costume, most creative holiday dog costume, and most creative dog bandana.

Race participants can have their photo taken in the Route 66 Photo Booth. Mark Gibson will provide live entertainment, and food and beverages will be served at the end of the race. (Runners’ goodie bags will also include a $20 off coupon for Spa Maxx services and a Spa Maxx water bottle, just in case you needed something to sweeten the deal.)

The mission of the Mistletoe Run is to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in Oklahoma, recognize those affected by the disease, and raise funds for HIV prevention and health care services in Tulsa.

Online registration is closed, but you can still sign up for the run on race day. The fun run starts at 1:40 p.m. Saturday, and the 5K begins at 2 p.m., so get there ahead of time to register. The start line is near Cain’s Ballroom. You can find more details and course maps at www.hopetesting.org.

For more information about the race, call (918) 749-8378.

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