Frequently Asked Questions
When is the race?
The Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, Memorial 5K and Kids Marathon will be held Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Can I register on the day of the race?
No, there is no Race Day registration. If entries are still available after online registration closes, late registration for available spots in any of the races will be held at the Health & Fitness Expo.
How can I check to ensure that I am registered?
You will receive an email confirmation within minutes of completing your online registration transaction. Click here for confirmation.
Can I switch my registration from one race to another?
You may change your race until the race sells out. You will be charged a $20 service fee plus the balance of the registration fee if you are moving up a race. You will be charged a $20 service fee if you are moving down a race. Click here to sign in and change your race online.
What happens if I register and then am unable to participate?
The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon has a No Refund / No Deferral policy. All entries are considered final upon payment. Transfers to another person are not allowed. Any athlete who allows someone else to participate in their place will face disqualification from the event and not be allowed to participate in future events. There are no exceptions to this rule as it is a requirement of our insurance provider. Excess funds raised from the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon are used to support the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and it’s year round operation.
Click here for Expo and packet pickup information.
Can I pick up my packet on Race Day?
There is no packet pickup on Race Day. Packet pickup will be held at the Health & Fitness Expo. Packets will NOT be mailed.
What do I need to bring with me to pick up my packet?
Each participant will receive a final confirmation sent via email during race week. Bring a photo ID and your bib number to the Expo to pick up your packet. If for any reason you do not receive or misplace your final confirmation, please visit the bib look up computers inside the Expo.
Can a friend pick up my packet for me?
Yes. Your friend needs to know your bib number and present a copy (printed or digital) of your driver’s licence.
Do I need my final confirmation?
No. You must present your bib number and ID to pick up your packet at the Expo. We also ask that you review the information sent in your bib confirmation email for accuracy. This is the perfect time to let us know if your address has changed or will change, and if your gender, age and wheelchair status is correct. This will ensure proper division placement for the official race results. If for any reason you do not receive or misplace your final confirmation, please visit the bib look up computers inside the Expo.
Bib Numbers and Timing
How can I find out my bib number?
You will be notified of your assigned bib number when you receive your final confirmation the Thursday before Race Weekend. Bib number assignments are not available via email and will only be released with final confirmations. If for any reason you do not receive or misplace your final confirmation, please visit the bib look up computers inside the Expo.
We use the Chronotrack timing system to ensure that everyone receives an accurate time. Per USATF Rule 245.1, Open Men’s and Women’s and Master Men’s and Women’s top three awards in the Marathon and the Half Marathon will be based on gun time (the order in which the athletes cross the finish line). Age group and Relay awards will be based on timing system time (the actual time elapsed between an athlete reaching the Start Line and Finish Line). Digital clocks will be located at each mile and at the 5K splits to indicate the unofficial running time. The digital clocks at the Finish Line display your unofficial time. Official time is determined by the Chronotrack timing system.
In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm your bib is:
- Clearly visible on the FRONT of the torso.
- Unaltered or modified. Do not fold or wrinkle or you risk breaking the timing chip.
- Pinned in all four corners so the timing chip stays flat.
- Not covered with jackets, water bottles, etc so as not to block the reading of the timing chip.
What is the weather typically like on Race Day?
Famous Oklahoman, Will Rogers, said that if you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait 5 minutes! It could be cool and damp, it could be warm and dry.
What happens if it rains?
The race will go on regardless of precipitation. The race will only be delayed or cancelled if weather conditions present imminent danger to participants.
Start and Finish Lines
Where does the race start and finish?
The race begins in front of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum between 5th and 6th streets and Harvey Avenue. It ends two blocks east of the Memorial between 7th and 8th streets on Broadway Ave. in Automobile Alley. Click here for a course map.
What time do the races start?
The wheelchair athletes begin at 6:25am. The Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay begin at 6:30am, the Memorial 5K begins at about 7:00am and the Kids Marathon begins at 8:15am.
Where can I meet my family and friends after the race?
The easiest way to find your family and friends after the race is to have a plan beforehand. Meet up at the post-race Finish Line Concert located at 4th and Broadway. In this area, you can pick up some Official Memorial Marathon merchandise and grab some more food!
What time should I get there on Race Day?
There’s lots going on before the race kicks off. Join us at 5:30am at the Survivor Tree for an inspiring pre-race sunrise service. Announcements start at 6am and include the 168 seconds of silence, one for each of those killed in the Oklahoma City bombing, that runners tell us creates the most moving race start anywhere. Cheer on the wheelchair athletes as their race begins at 6:25am before you take off at 6:30am.
Are shuttles available?
There will be shuttles running a continual loop to and from designated hotels and the start/finish area. There will also be shuttles running continual loops to and from the start area to the Relay Exchanges. Shuttle schedules will be posted as we get closer to the race. Click here to view the shuttle and hotel map.
Where can I park on Race Day?
There are several privately owned parking lots close to the Start and Finish Lines, many of which provide free or discounted parking. Please do not park in any residential, church or business driveways or parking lots that are not listed on the parking map. You can be towed. Click here to view the Parking Map.
What type of bag may I check?
You will receive a gear check bag with your T-shirt at packet pickup. This bag is the ONLY bag you may check before the race. The bag is 17″ x 21″ in size, clear in color and has a drawstring closure. No other bags are accepted at gear check. Please complete the gear check information form and insert face out in your bag for easy retrieval after the race.
Where is the baggage check located?
Gear check opens at 5am and is located at 6th and Robinson.
How do I check my bag and claim it once the race is over?
Gear check is available for Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay and 5K participants. You will find a baggage check tag attached to your race bib. The tag is printed with your bib number. Detach the tag and attach it to your bag and bring your bag to gear check. All runners will check their gear that has been placed in the gear check bag at the gear check tent on Robinson and NW 6th. An additional baggage claim ticket is attached to the bottom of your race bib. After the race, visit the baggage check area and present your baggage claim ticket to retrieve your bag.
What happens to my bag if I forget to claim it after the race?
Gear check closes at 1pm on Race Day and all bags must be picked up before that time.
What if I lose something at the race?
Lost-and-found is located at the Gear Check booth at 6th and Robinson. Items discarded along the race route will be collected and donated to local shelters.
How many bags can I check?
Due to space limitations, we are only able to check one bag per runner. Baggage check will only accept the gear check bag you receive with your race packet.
Can I leave jewelry, computers or other valuables at gear check?
We strongly recommend that you leave your valuables at home. The Memorial Marathon is not responsible for lost or stolen property, including any and all property checked at the gear check.
How long are the streets closed?
Streets along the course route are closed and supported by police and course marshals from 6:30am to 1pm.
Why is there a time limit?
To comply with the permits and agreements the Memorial Marathon has with the cities of Oklahoma City, the Village and Nichols Hills, streets on the course route must reopen to cars on a set schedule.
Where are the Water Stops, Medical Stations and Port-o-Potties?
Official Memorial Marathon Water Stops, manned by volunteer groups, are located every mile along the course. In addition to entertainment and enthusiastic cheering, each Water Stop provides water and Powerade to participants. Some Water Stops also provide oranges, pretzels and other snacks. Many neighborhood and other groups set up their own water stops and provide a variety of drink and snack options. GU is available at mile 14. Medical Stations are located every other mile beginning at mile 5, and every mile from mile 19 to the finish. Port-o-Potties are located every mile starting at mile 2. All Medical Stations and Official Water Stops are marked on the course map.
Are there items prohibited on the course?
Here is a partial list of what is NOT allowed on the timed course: runners going backward; runners not wearing a bib; animals of any kind; bicycles; baby joggers; strollers; roller skates and rollerblades; and any wheeled vehicles other than wheelchairs. In accordance with USATF guidelines, wheelchair athletes must wear helmets. Runners or walkers participating in the Memorial 5K or Kids Marathon may push strollers. We ask that you line up at the back of the corral with your strollers.
Is gun or tag time (chip time) used to determine prizes?
Per USATF rules, gun time is used to determine winners. Tag time (chip time) is used to determine all age-group winners and other award recipients.
Are there awards?
All awards including age group and Relay, awards will be shipped to you by FedEx after the event.
Qualify for Boston
Can my Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon time qualify me for the Boston Marathon?
Yes! The Boston Marathon accepts qualifying times from the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Qualifying times for the Boston Marathon vary by age group. The Memorial Marathon will send a complete list of finishers to the BAA about a week after the race.
Click here to view the new Boston Marathon qualifying times.
How do I submit my time to the Boston Marathon?
When registering for the Boston Marathon, enter your finishing time, finishing place, race name, and location and date of the race in the section entitled “Qualification Information.” Be sure to indicate if the time you entered is gun time or tag time (chip time).
Will the Boston Marathon check to confirm my time?
Yes. The Boston Marathon automatically receives a list of all official finishers of the Memorial Marathon and their tag (chip) and gun times. The time entered on your Boston Marathon registration will be checked against the official time that is on file. For questions regarding qualification for the Boston Marathon, please contact the Boston Athletic Association.
Where do I get my medal and Finisher’s shirt after the race?
All finishers in all races will receive a medal after crossing the Finish Line. Marathon and Half Marathon runners will use the “finisher’s shirt” ticket attached to the bottom of their bib to claim their Finisher’s Shirt. Finisher’s Shirts are available to Full and Half Marathon participants.
Will I be able to purchase race merchandise on Race Day?
Yes! Runners may purchase official race merchandise on Race Day at the Merchandise Booth located on 5th street in the Finishers Plaza. Click here for official Memorial Marathon merchandise.
Is there swag?
Runners in all races receive a participant T-shirt and a beautiful, hand-cast bronze finisher’s medal. Marathon and Half Marathon finishers receive finisher shirts. All adult participants receive a link to their Virtual Goody Bag, full of offers and coupons. Kids Marathon participants receive a Goody Bag. All participants receive our Oklahoma hospitality, food and drinks along the course and at the finish line. Vendors at the Health & Fitness Expo often hand out free samples.
Can I have or buy an extra T-shirt?
We can only provide one T-shirt per registered participant. There is a variety of Official Memorial Marathon merchandise available for sale at the Expo, in the merchandise tent on Race Day and online.
Is the Marathon on social media?
Yes! Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Post photos, thoughts, and motivational comments for your fellow runners to see and use the hashtag, #OKCMarathon.
Can runners be tracked on the course?
The Memorial Marathon has an App available for Android or iPhone and is available free in each respective app store. Runners will be tracked at their splits and can be followed by a name or bib number search.
Where are the best spectator venues?
Check out our Support a Runner page for information on OKC’s amazing neighborhoods!