From fitness freaks to those terrified of the gym, people around the world have galvanized because of their unanimous Pokmon Go obsession.
Kelsey Quick, a self-described Pokmon enthusiast, has taken it to another level, however. She is blending her love for fitness and Pokballs to make what might likely be the first official Pokmon G o 5k in the country, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, June 30.
The night Pokmon Go “re coming out” I wasted no time putting on my tennis shoes, and I operated longer than I had in a long time without even realizing it, ” Quick told the Daily Dot. “After noticing that the eggs in the game hatched after 5k and 10 k, all I could think about is a race centered around catching Pokmon.
Quick created a Facebook event, Pokmon Go 5kTulsa, which started out as an activity for her and her 50 or so Pokmon-obsessed friends to get together, operate, search for Pokmon, and trade cards. Soon after she created the event last Friday, 500 people corroborated; by the end of the weekend, over 2.5 k were interested.
The event was originally to be held on July 23, but grew so big, she had to postpone it a week to make sure she filed all the required paperwork with Tulsa County Parks and the district attorney’s office.
Other towns and cities are also coordinating Pokmon Go race-like “meetups, ” such as one inCarrollton, Georgia ,but are promptly finding that based on city ordinances they can’t officially be called a 5k unless they cut through local-government red tape first.
I instantly tried out ways to make this thing more legitimate by getting sponsors and ideas together to impress the Pokmon Go -ers attending, ” told Quick. “I also never intended on making any money for the event, so I began looking for a charity that I was comfy with devoting to.
Any money raised by attendees for the Tulsa event will go straight to James Mission, an organization dedicated to adoption and encouraging care services, told Quick. Though participation is free, there are other options for each runner and squad. Besides casual stroll or running, a squad can pay $15 to participate for a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place medal( Valor, Mystic, or Instinct ), or simply volunteer.
The 5k will be followed by a scavenger hunt, where trainers are encouraged to trade cards, hunt for concealing Pokmon, combat in epic gym battles, and scavenge for Pokcenters.
It is required that runners wear at least “one Pokmon-themed article of clothing, ” so if you’re anywhere near Tulsa, grab your Pok-gear and get train.