Annual Cavanal Killer slated for May

Spring is in the air, so put some spring in your fitness routine. Will you accept the challenge of walking or running to the top of the World’s Highest Hill?Consider joining the sixth annual Cavanal Killer 5-mile Walk-Run. The walk/run will be Saturday, May 11. Registration for runners will begin at 7:30 a.m. and registration for walkers will start at 8:30 a.m. at Poteau Elementary School. Those running in the Killer will leave the school at 8:15 a.m.; walkers will leave at 9:30 a.m. The race will end at the pavilion atop Cavanal HillOnce again, the Chamber of Commerce will be working with DG Productions, Inc., an electronic timing company from Oklahoma City, to provide electronic timing and more accurate results for both walkers and runners.The Chamber sponsors the event to promote physical and emotional wellness. The 5-mile climb is a good physical workout that has you gaining 1,500’ in just 5 miles with an average gradient of 8 degrees, with some sections tilting upward at 14 degrees. While the Cavanal Killer is not a race, organizers recognize many people like to set personal goals, so awards are given to those finishing with the best three times in the walk and in the run. There is also an award given out for team competition with the “most members finished” in the walk.Several water and health checkpoints will be located along the way, but participants may want to bring their own water, too. Porta-potties are located along the route also. A light snack will be served at the top for those who pre-register. Transportation will be provided down the hill. For the participants' safety, it is asked that you do not drive personal vehicles to the top of the hill before the walk/run or call for transportation to the bottom of the hill. Everyone who registers before noon May 1 will receive a Cavanal Killer T-Shirt. The first 250 registrants will receive a Cavanal Hill backpack. The cost is $20 before May 1, and $25 thereafter.There will be a pre-event spaghetti dinner on Friday, May 10, at the Lowrey Hotel downtown Poteau from 6-8 p.m. Paid participants for the walk will receive one ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased for $6 each. Participants may pick up their registration packets, T-shirts and backpacks during the dinner.Registration forms are available online at, at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce office at 201 S. Broadway, or call (918) 647-9178.