WHERE THIS HAPPENS
Owen Park – Owen Park Neighborhood – Roosevelt Elementary School
The Cyntergy Hurtland takes place in Owen Park and on the grounds of Roosevelt Elementary School adjacent to the Owen Park Neighborhood. These are all special places and it is a privilege for us to be here showcasing this historic area. Here’s the backstory.
In 1832 the federal government sent the U.S. Rangers to this area along with several civilian observers. One of them was the well-known author, Washington Irving. During their travels they paused briefly at a hilltop where Irving enjoyed a panoramic view of the countryside. He wrote about the view in his book, Tour of the Prairies. A monument to this event was dedicated in 1915. You can visit it by walking 400 meters up Easton Boulevard, which is just west of the racer staging area. Walk up there with your kids and touch the monument.
You can also visit the oldest surviving house in Tulsa which sits in the Northeast corner of Owen Park across from the Tulsa Children’s Museum. It was built in the early 1880s by a Methodist missionary minister, Rev. Sylvester Morris. You can’t go inside though. It’s old. Just look at it.
Owen Park was Tulsa’s first municipal park. It was named after Chauncey A. Owen, an entrepreneur and Civil War veteran. He married a Creek Indian woman in the 1870s and when she died in 1902 he inherited the land you will be racing on. He sold it to the City of Tulsa in 1909 for $13,500, which was a controversial move for the City at the time because of the land’s high price and distance from downtown. In those days, it was considered to be too far out in the country. Owen Park officially opened on June 8, 1910.
In 1913, the ravine in Owen Park was dammed to create a small lake which was used as a city swimming hole. During the Cyntergy Hurtland you will have the opportunity to cross this ravine eight times each lap of the course. Really. Count ‘em.
On July 4, 1915, the Tulsa World newspaper announced, “Lots are going fast in [the Owen Park Neighborhood] Tulsa’s most beautiful residence suburb . . . .” The oil boom had made many wealthy and was also providing jobs for a growing middle class. New homes were in demand and residential construction progressed rapidly. By the end of the 1920s, the lots were filled with homes ranging from craftsman bungalows to mansions. Owen Park Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 9, 1999.
Theodore Roosevelt Junior High (now housing TSAS) was built in 1926. You will have the great pleasure of carrying your cyclocross bike up two sets of stairs on the Roosevelt School grounds. We’re sure the founders would admire your grit and determination. Be strong. Make them proud.
Alert users of Google Earth will no doubt notice that our race venue is adjacent to a neighborhood with numerous side streets. Don’t park there. Those streets are narrow and we have better parking options for you at the venue.
At the venue two designated parking areas are available. Both offer excellent proximity to the course and even closer proximity to the porta johns. Parking attendants will be on hand graciously provided by American Parking, Inc. Be polite to them.
Parking on Saturday, Nov. 11
For those pre-riding the course during the designated pre-ride time between Noon – 5:00 p.m., parking is available on the south end of the course. See the course map for exact location. Enter this open grass lot from the west off Quanah Ave.
Parking on Sunday, Nov. 12
Public parking is available in the lot on southeast of the course and on the infield of the track. Team and participant tents are allowed and encouraged on the infield of the track. Enter from the north off of Edison Street. On event day we ask that teams and individuals with oversized vehicles park in the lot on the south end of the course. See the course map for exact location. Enter both of these locations from the west, off Quanah Ave.
Reigning U.S. National Champion, Jeremy Powers, who has said, “courses in this country need to be harder” designed the Cyntergy Hurtland course. The mission was to design a championship caliber course with a spectator-friendly focus.
To excel on this challenging course will require a complete set of both skills and physical ability. The course will both flow and be disruptive to flow. It will have fast smooth sections and slow technical sections. It will include steep drops and steep climbs. In other words it should require you to use every tool in your toolbox. A diagram of the course map can be found in the Appendix.
MORE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Coffee & Breakfast Items
Sunday morning from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. our own Shelly Womack, the pastry chef from DoubleShot Coffee Co. will be on hand dispensing hot coffee and serving tasty creations from her kitchen. Look for her by the registration tent. She accepts cash, credit cards and tips. Definitely tips.
We certainly aren’t. And neither are you. For the most part, we really enjoy producing events like the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough and the Cyntergy Hurtland. We love experiencing the energy, passion and fun.
What we don’t love is when some Cat. (insert number here) starts screaming about how he was horribly wronged by some heinous act or decision of one of us or one of our officials. Don’t do that.
If you watch the World Series, the NBA, the NFL or just about any sport you know that mistakes are made. Officiating can require judgment calls. Sometimes you’ll like them. Sometimes you won’t. If you disagree with an official’s call, politely discuss it with him or her and see if you can get it resolved. Our officials are hard-working people with the best of intentions. Be nice to them.
You Can’t Say “Thank You” Too Much
We’ve been planning the Cyntergy Hurtland for well over a year. The hours volunteers have put in behind the scenes are staggering. During the week of the event, volunteers – many of whom are also sponsors – will be spending untold hours setting up the venue, organizing registration and doing all the things it takes to produce this event. Many will take vacation time to do this.
When you see them staffing registration, standing at a course crossing, repairing torn course tape, handing you an award or any one of the hundreds of chores necessary to make this event happen, thank them. They will notice it and appreciate it.
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