Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma’s (BCBSOK) mascot, Blaze the Braggin’ Blue Dragon, is looking forward to running the inaugural Mascot Mile on Saturday, Nov. 19 during this year’s Williams Route 66 Marathon event weekend.
Blaze started training for his race alongside BCBSOK President Bert Marshall. Blaze’s biggest focus is to stretch properly and avoid straining the illiotibial band (ITB) in his tail – a common injury for dragons that run.
At 7-feet-tall and 285 pounds, Blaze resembles your average blue, six-year-old dragon. Unlike most dragons, who breathe fire, Blaze has vowed to be a smokeless dragon. He understands the dangers of smoke, so he travels the state teaching kids to avoid cigarettes and tobacco.
Although Blaze doesn’t plan to use his wings in the race, he promises to fly across the finish line in November.
Cheer Blaze on during the Mascot Mile. The one-mile fun run is open and free to all Tulsa-area mascots. It will take place alongside the Williams Route 66 Marathon 5K and the original one-mile fun run. The Williams Route 66 Marathon, half marathon and marathon relay are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 20.
To register your school or company’s mascot in the Mascot Mile, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.