Tulsa Port of Catoosa reports August 2017 shipping tonnage; announces Sept. 23 Harbor Dash

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa announces its inaugural Harbor Dash, a 5k – 10k running event to benefit Dream It Do It Oklahoma.

On September 23, the Tulsa Port of Catoosa will host the inaugural Harbor Dash 2017, which is a 10K, 5K and Fun Run to benefit “Dream It Do It Oklahoma”, under the nonprofit OK2Grow.

“We are so excited about this first-time-ever event,” said Sheila Shook, Port Maritime Education Coordinator. “Runners will enjoy the scenic views along the Verdigris River, with all the towboats and barges moving down the waterway. It will truly be one of the most unique runs held throughout Oklahoma.”

After the race, the Tulsa Port of Catoosa is also hosting a mini festival featuring food trucks, inflatables and music for participants, friends and family, which is open to the public.

“We want this benefit event to have something for everyone,” Shook said. “The runners will enjoy a beautiful run, and everyone can have fun afterwards with all the other festivities. We hope it is a great day to remember for everyone that comes out.”

Dream It Do It Oklahoma, which is a part of OK2Grow, helps develop a workforce pipeline by creating an understanding of careers in manufacturing, and it works to increase economic wealth and quality of life for Oklahomans.
“We are pleased to partner with this nonprofit,” Port Authority Chairman Chip McElroy said. “We know through our work at the Port that there are workforce opportunities for trained workers, and our industry—like many industries—is in need of its next generation of leaders.”

Runners and walkers of any age can register by visiting The Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K and 10K at 9 a.m.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone to see the Tulsa Port of Catoosa and learn about the importance of the inland waterway—all while getting exercise with the whole family,” Shook said. “We hope to see lots of Tulsa families out at the Port on September 23 to enjoy the day.”

August 2017 total barge tonnage shipped through the Port of Catoosa was 179,955 tons.  Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in August 2017 was 1,006,676 tons.


About the Tulsa Port of Catoosa

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is a singular combination of a multi-modal shipping complex and 2,000-acre industrial park resulting in an annual economic impact of $300 million to Oklahoma. The complex hosts roughly 72 companies and employs nearly 3,200 Oklahomans.

Located at the head of navigation for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in Northeast Oklahoma, it is one of the largest, most inland river-ports in the United States. The Tulsa Port of Catoosa’s unique position allows companies to move millions of tons of bulk freight by barge each year, at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact of rail or truck. Just a few of the bulk freight industries utilizing the Tulsa Port of Catoosa include portions of fertilizer distributors, industrial gas suppliers, wheat growers and manufacturers of consumer goods.

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is managed and operated by the City of Tulsa–Rogers County Port Authority and provides development services through Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa Facilities Authority. To find out more about the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, visit or follow the Port on Facebook or Twitter.

About OK2Grow/Dream It Do It Oklahoma

The nonprofit’s mission is to facilitate the development of Oklahoma’s future workforce by creating awareness of careers and promoting pathways that build confidence and excitement for workplace success. OK2Grow is a small business–driven workforce development nonprofit, founded in 2012 by three small business leaders: Larry Mocha, Jerry Holder and Lynda Wingo. OK2Grow focuses on entrepreneurship and career awareness activities through three initiatives: Youth Entrepreneurship, Career Pathways and Dream It Do It Oklahoma. Visit for more information.


Dream It Do It Oklahoma develops the workforce pipeline by creating an understanding of careers in manufacturing to increase economic wealth and quality of life for Oklahomans. The manufacturing industry is high-tech, sophisticated, safe and well-paid, and it provides great benefits. The average salary in Oklahoma for manufacturing positions is $62,473. There are opportunities for both men and women, and the industry is in need of its next generation of leaders.



Register for the Harbor Dash on September 23, 2017, benefitting OK Dream It, Do It!

Fun Run, 5K and 10K, family-friendly event including food trucks, inflatables, music and more!