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Release Date: May 30, 2019

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • AYA is a Chickasaw Nation-produced interactive mobile walking app designed to keep users moving while learning about Chickasaw history and culture. It is now available to the public at no charge, downloadable on iPhone and Android smartphones.

  • The Chickasaw Nation is hosting the annual Loksi Malili' (Turtle Run) 5K run and 1-mile fun walk Saturday, June 8, at the Ardmore Regional Park, 2704 N. Rockford Road. The event is open to the public at no charge.

ARDMORE, Okla. – The Chickasaw Nation is hosting a 5K run and 1-mile fun walk Saturday, June 8, at the Ardmore Regional Park, 2704 N. Rockford Road. The event is open to the public at no charge.

Participants can pick up race packets beginning at 7:15 a.m. The 1-mile fun walk begins 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m.

Those who are walking the 5K are asked to stay to the right of the course.

To receive a race T-shirt, register online at TurtleRun5k.itsyourrace.com before May 31.

On-site registration will be available the day of the run. Race T-shirts are not guaranteed for on-site registration.

Strollers are permitted. Pets are not allowed. For more information, contact Beth Cartwright at (580) 559-0880 or email ChickasawRun@Chickasaw.net.

AYA – Your Fitness Journey

Runners and walkers can learn about Chickasaw history and culture with AYA, a free and interactive mobile walking app now available to download on iPhone and Android smartphones.

The Chickasaw word “AYA” means “to go” or “to journey.” Using step-tracking technology, the app rewards users as they move and unlock traditional prayers, hymns, locations and Chickasaw words.

Their journey is mapped along the same route Chickasaw ancestors walked during Removal from the Chickasaw Homeland to Indian Territory, a path that is reversed for the app from current-day Oklahoma to Mississippi. Along the way, users will get acquainted with historical sites and landmarks.

AYA syncs to step counters in Fitbit devices or directly to phones with Apple Health kit.

For more information and updates regarding AYA, visit AYAWalk.com, Facebook.com/AYAWalkApp, Twitter.com/AYAWalkApp or Instagram.com/AYAWalkApp.