T.H.O.R. Brings in Younger Crowd; Has Record Turnout

- One of Wichita Falls' extreme events brought thousands of people to town Saturday.

Organizers say T.H.O.R brought in a little more than one thousand runners and they consider it a big success. The event raised more than $70,000 which will be distributed throughout the community.

Organizers say it's the obstacles that draw people from near and far, creating a personal challenge for runners and more people took that challenge 5k than ever before...growth that everyone we talked to say brings a sense of pride to the community.

“I've heard a lot of people over the last three years say it's an event that happens in my back yard,” says Event Organizer, Kevin Bazner.

“It's a trail run, you feel very intimate, part of the actually obstacle itself, your going through woods, you're going through existing trails,” says Bazner.

It's that intimate feel that Bazner says puts T.H.O.R. Above other mud runs across the country.

“It has this huge draw from Wichita Falls and the surrounding communities, as far reaching as El Paso, we've had folks drive in all the way in from El Paso,” says Bazner.

It's those out of town folks that make the events economic reach stretch even further. Bringing in that younger crowd, staying at hotels and eating at local restaurants means extra money circulates through Wichita Falls, making the event a win for everyone.

“The city offers these extreme events to bring people to our town, the economic impact is awesome in addition showing that young clientele, the college age student, the military people, there's great awesome activities here in town,” says President of Pride in the Falls Jim Heiman.

The money raised during the race will be split between Leadership Wichita Falls and Communities in Schools and organization that adds extra support for teachers and students with a goal to keep kids in school.  

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