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Triple Dog Dare Stair Climb
One of the newest attractions to "Downtown in December" was doozy. Folks put down the holiday sweets and picked up their feet for a dare unlike any other.
"A friend of mine and I had an idea to do something different for a race," says John Hildenbrand, Race Director of Little Willie's Triple Dog Dare. "We've got a single dare, a double-dog dare, and a triple-dog dare," he explains.
Oklahomans chose between the three-- run up and down 22 flights of stairs in one building, 53 flights between two buildings, or 69 flights between three buildings.
"Start at one building, go up and down, run across to the other building and run up and down, and run across to the last building and go up and down," says Hildenbrand.
80-percent of the 250-participants chose the hardest challenge, including Don Hart, who's winning a steady fight against lung cancer. "I wrestled in college and we used to climb stadium stairs and that was my extent of stair-climbing," says Hart.
Athletes of all strengths and ages competed, even children. Amanda Stevens participated, along with a group of children she trains for triathalons. "If they can learn this lifestyle at this age, then you know they're going to carry it on throughout the rest of their lives," says Stevens, who holds the world record for the swimming portion of the IronMan.
These folks took the challenge like champs. "It was a blast, it was fun, it was different. There's nothing else like it!" says Hildenbrand, who plans to make it an annual event and already has some twists planned for next year.
Posted: Saturday, December 1 2012, 11:31 PM CST
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Tornado watch issued for western, central Oklahoma
May 18, 2013 22:57 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for western and central Oklahoma.
The weather system brought severe thunderstorms to the Altus and Clinton areas, as well as Harper County late Saturday afternoon. There were no reports of rotation as evening approached but the tornado watch lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday.
The dangerous weather is forecast to continue into Sunday night as the system progresses to the east.
The tornado watch area Saturday stretched from eastern edge of the Panhandle to include the Oklahoma City area.
Forecasters warn that the system could also bring large hail.
The National Weather Service in Norman reports tennis ball-size hail along U.S. 62 near the border of Harmon and Jackson counties in the state's far southwest.
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