Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
Why We Run!
Fourteen years ago Darrell Burnett and his grandson Benjamin Wilkins began a family tradition of participating in the Memorial Marathon. It began with the Kids Marathon when Benjamin was 2 years old. This year they will run the 5K and while the moments they spend together on the course will always heartfelt, they will also be remembering Colleen Guiles, a member of their family killed on April 19.
Did you realize the OKC Memorial Marathon runs through three different cities? We are so grateful that all three municipal officials are working hard to ensure the course is wide open for our runners. The number one questions runners have been asking “will the course be ready?”
Here’s an update from them on construction progress downtown and what our neighborhood cities are doing to make this the best course to #RunOKC!
VIP Runner Experience
This year we are introducing our VIP Runner Experience Package. This package comes with everything you need to enhance your Marathon experience. We’re offering several comforts and conveniences to help make your Marathon weekend, truly a #RuntoRemember.
Rules for Participant Safety
On race morning, you may check all of your personal items at the Gear Check Tent using the clear bag provided to you in your registration packet. There will be NO back packs, hydration vests, CamelBaks, ruck packs, air tanks or any over-the-shoulder bags for use by participants or spectators on the Marathon course, this includes hotel and relay exchange shuttles. Running belts, hand-held water bottles, or clip on water bottles that hold less than one liter are allowed.
We know some runners prefer to use hydration vests, but we join other major marathons across the country in enhancing our security around the course. After attending the National Marathon Safety and Security Summit and working with local police departments and Homeland Security we made these changes to ensure we provide the safest course possible to all of our runners. –Kari Watkins, Race Director
Thank you for helping us keep the Marathon safe for all runners, volunteers and spectators!
The Marathon is not only the largest race in Oklahoma, but is the largest fundraiser for the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. The Memorial does not receive annual operating funds from any local, state or federal government, but rely solely on the support of generous donors like you to help us maintain and preserve the Memorial and Museum year-round.
Today, we ask that you join us in our fundraising efforts. When you raise or give $10 or more, you become Tied to Our Mission and receive 2018 commemorative shoe laces. Your efforts will help teach future generations the stories from April 19, 1995.
You do not have to be a registered runner to participate. We encourage everyone to get involved and help us exceed our $50,000 Tied to Our Mission fundraising goal.