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Saint Francis Tulsa Tough scheduled to cycle this summer, along with other events

Posted at 8:31 AM, Apr 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-06 20:03:38-04

TULSA, Okla. — Saint Francis Tulsa Tough is cycling on. Officials announced they plan to conduct this year's Tulsa Tough on June 11-13.

Last year, Saint Francis Tulsa Tough had to be canceled due to the pandemic shutting down large gatherings and events for safety.

The decision to move forward to holding this year's event hinged on the infection rate and the percent of the population in Oklahoma trending in the right direction, according to the official Facebook page for Saint Francis Tulsa Tough.

As of right now, officials are looking for ways to hold the event safely due to health precautions. The extent of what the event will look like is still being determined and will be announced as time gets closer to this year's Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, including canceling the event should numbers spike again.

Officials of the events also urge participants and Tulsans who are 16 and older to get vaccinated. Vaccines are available through the Saint Francis Health System's scheduling portal.

“We’ve come all this way, and it would be so disappointing if we didn’t still pay attention to social distancing and masks,” said Ray Hoyt, president of Tulsa Regional Tourism.

With a lot of pent-up demand, tourism and events teams get ready for an active summer and maybe a normal fall, but it all starts with spring.

The lineup of events in May shows Green Country’s vibrancy just might be coming back.

  • The IRONMAN Tulsa is May 23.
  • The centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre will be observed at ONEOK Field on May 31.

“Our regional tourism team is hard at work doing everything they can to ensure as many events as possible are happening now and happening safely,” Mike Neal said, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

After a year of standing still, local MMA fighter Josh Anderson is prepping to step back in the octagon this Friday night.

“From being on the waiting list to finally compete, I can’t wait,” he said.

Anderson will participate in the Xtreme Fight Night tournament at River Spirit Casino.

Osage Casino will also host a knockout event. Its CEO says he is proud of staff for working quickly to return to full operations.

"This has been a year unlike any other for the gaming and entertainment industry, and I'm extremely proud of the Osage Casinos staff for working quickly to return to full operations. We are excited to host nationally recognized events like this weekend's ESPN Fight. We have several safety precautions in place for the well-being of guests, staff and fighters. We are excited to officially return to our full suite of entertainment options at Skyline Event Center here in Tulsa and bring nationally recognized entertainment to Northeast Oklahoma."
Byron Bighorse, CEO of Osage Casinos

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