Later this month companies and organizations from all across Ardmore will compete in a tournament of physical feats to see who becomes the winner. In addition to encouraging fitness and company camaraderie, the funds raised will benefit Cities in Schools and Girls on the Run, two organizations working to encourage and empower area youth.
Mike Whitson has been a part of the event since its inception in 2014. He and fellow board member Thomas Howell helped create the Corporate Fitness Challenge concept.
“I’m on the board of CIS, and Tom and I were tasked with coming up with a fundraiser,” Whitson said. He said they kicked around a few ideas, and their initial plan was to start a three-on-three basketball tournament.
“We discussed it with other board members and before we knew it, we ended up with the Corporate Fitness Challenge,” Whitson said. He added the challenge is a scaled down version of a similar event in Oklahoma City.
The Challenge kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 with a pickleball tournament at the YMCA and a golf tournament at Lake View Golf Course. All other events will take place beginning on May 28, the day after Memorial Day. Slated tournaments include dodgeball, volleyball, basketball, tug of war, and a 5K run.
Whitson said the brackets for this year’s event are set, but he encouraged everyone in the community to come out to the events to cheer on the companies competing. He especially encouraged everyone to join the fun at Noble Stadium on Friday, May 31.
“We try to make the night friendly to spectators, and there’s fun stuff going on all evening. There is a kid’s obstacle course set up, and any parent can bring their child out to participate,” Whitson said. He said parents do not have to be competing in the challenge to bring their children. “It’s just a big community event. Valero will be there with barbecue for sale, and all of that benefits Cities in Schools.”
While the other events for the Corporate Fitness Challenge are already full, Girls on the Run is hosting the annual Glow Run at dusk on Friday, May 31. The event is still open for registration, and offers a 5K and one mile fun run version of the event. Registration is open until Wednesday, May 29 at The 5K is $30, and the fun run is $20. All proceeds from the race will go to Girls on the Run.
For more information about the Ardmore Corporate Fitness Challenge and to see the full schedule of events visit