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The Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon 2014

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The Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon 2014 © Bill Fairchild

In Short:

More than simply a race, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is an inspirational event commemorating the tragedy of April 19, 1995. Begun in 2000, the annual event has grown to over 10,000 participants and has been called one of the "12 Must Run Marathons" by Runner's World Magazine.

The 2014 marathon takes place on April 27th and offers a variety of events including the full 26.2 mile single loop course marathon, a half marathon, a 5 person relay, a 5k Memorial Walk and a Kid's Marathon. Prior to race day, there's also a Health and Fitness Expo.

The starting line is at NW 5th and Harvey, and the finish line is two blocks east, on Broadway just north of NW 7th.

Remembrance:

Called by organizers a "Run to Remember," the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is built around honoring the memory of everyone who suffered due to the events of April 19, 1995 and the celebration of the gift of life. It is a physical event with an intensely emotional purpose.

A service at the Survivor Tree begins the day, followed by 168 seconds of silence for those killed in the bombing. Many runners will wear the name of one of the victims on their shirts during the race.

Races:

The marathon offers a variety of race events.

  • Full marathon is a Boston qualifying USATF sanctioned event on a 26.2 mile single loop course with championship timing. Runners must be 16 or older.
  • Half marathon is run on 13.1 miles, and runners must be 12 or older.
  • Marathon relay is a 5 person relay with legs of 5, 10, and 12k.
  • 5k Memorial walk is a noncompetitive run/walk for families and children.
  • Kid's marathon is a race for children 11 and under on a special course of 1.2 miles. Thunder mascot Rumble serves as honorary chair-bison.

 

Registration:

Online registration is available. Registration fees range from $10 for the Kid's Marathon to $300 for the 5-person relay. The full marathon is $120 per person after April 1st. Check here for full rates.

Runners must pick up their packet in person at the Expo on the 25th or 26th.

Health Expo:

Sponsored by OU Physicians and the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, the 2014 Health Expo takes place Friday, April 25th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the 26th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center. Exhibits from sponsors and fitness vendors will be on hand, and clinics will be conducted on various health and fitness topics. Admission is free.

Sponsors:

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is sponsored by a number of companies including Devon Energy, Chesapeake Energy, The Oklahoman, teleflora, 7-11 and Farmers Insurance.

Restrictions and Gifts:

The following are not allowed on the race course: animals, headphones, rollerblades, skates, scooters, bicycles or strollers. Baby strollers are allowed in the Memorial Walk.

In the past, each participant has received a goody bag, t-shirt, poster, food and beverage while finishers received a finisher's shirt and a custom medal.

Volunteer:

If you aren't interested in running but would like to be involved, consider volunteering. Volunteers are needed in several places including packet pick-up, course breakdown and at the finish line. You can register to volunteer online.

Tips for Participants:

Runners and walkers for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon should check out some of the great resources here at About.com.

Wendy Bumgardner, guide to walking, has an amazing full tutorial for marathon walkers.

And Jesslyn Cummings, guide to running, has a couple of great articles for marathon runners. She asks, "Are You Ready For A Marathon?" and takes you through a 22 Week Marathon Training Program.
 

Nearby Hotels and Lodging:

  • Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel
    One N Broadway Ave.
    Approximately 1 mile from OKC Memorial
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  • Renaissance Oklahoma City Hotel
    10 N Broadway Ave.
    Approximately 1 mile from OKC Memorial
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  • Courtyard by Marriott
    2 West Reno Ave.
    Approximately 1 mile from OKC Memorial
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  • Clarion Hotel
    6200 N Robinson Ave.
    Approximately 4 miles from OKC Memorial
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