COVID-19 Health & Safety
What are the health and safety protocols for the Memorial Marathon?
Every participant must bring proof of either full vaccination prior to 14 days of race day or a negative test within 72 hours of the race they are registered to run to the Health & Fitness Expo. All participants must show their photo ID with such proof and personally pick up their bibs. Upon successful verification of a vaccination record or a negative COVID-19 test, registered runners will receive a bracelet which must be worn at all times to access the Health & Fitness Expo, the runner corral, medical aid stations, the medal and food area following completion of the race, and to ride an official Marathon hotel shuttle. All Expo visitors will be required to wear a mask.
How were these enhanced protocols developed?
Marathon officials have reviewed Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, and consulted local hospitals and other marathons across the country to identify best practices. Oklahoma City’s protocols are similar to the upcoming Chicago and Boston marathons. OU Health and INTEGRIS have issued statements of support for our plans.
“OU Health has been the proud presenting sponsor of the OKC Memorial Marathon Health & Fitness Expo for 21 years. Many of our physicians were there in 1995, both in person helping with rescue efforts and in our hospitals caring for the injured. The Marathon holds a special place in our hearts for that reason, but also because it encourages health and fitness in a state that desperately needs that focus. We are extremely pleased that Memorial leadership and the Oklahoma City Marathon planning committee have assessed the COVID-19 risks and are providing a new level of safety to this year’s participants by requiring vaccination or a negative COVID test. Vaccines have proven to be extremely safe, and we encourage all participants to get theirs if they haven’t already. We look forward to a safe and healthy 2021 Oklahoma City Marathon.”
Dr. Dale Bratzler, DO, MPH, MACOI, FIDSA, University of Oklahoma Chief COVID Officer
“INTEGRIS Health is honored to be a sponsor of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and to support this event once again this year. We whole-heartedly support the safety precautions enacted by the planning committee and Oklahoma City National Memorial Leadership, to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours. The marathon is a critical part of Oklahoma City’s past and ongoing commitment to resiliency and health. The additional safety measures put in place, similar to other major marathons and public events, allow us to navigate the pandemic while still honoring those we lost and the rescue workers who did not give up, despite dark days. We appreciate all of the participants who embrace these efforts, who won’t give up, and who are going the distance to keep each other safe.”
Julie Watson, MD MPH, INTEGRIS Health Chief Medical Officer
Should I still run the race if I test positive or have been exposed to someone who tested positive leading up to race weekend?
Individuals who test positive or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the event are asked not to participate in any of the Marathon events.
Who is required to have a negative test or proof of vaccination?
Anyone over the age of 12 running the Memorial Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 5K, or Kids Marathon must show a personal identification (e.g., driver’s license or passport) along with a completed vaccination card of being fully vaccinated prior to 14 days of race day OR a negative test taken within 72 hours of the race they are registered to run. Proof of vaccination or negative test results must be brought to the Health & Fitness Expo. Expo visitors are not required to provide a negative test or proof of vaccination to enter.
I have been vaccinated. What form of my vaccination card is allowed?
Proof of vaccination can be the original paper copy, legible photocopy, or digital copy of the official COVID-19 Vaccination Card, which must be shown with a personal photo ID.
Can my Relay teammate take my ID and vaccination/test results to pick up my bib?
No. Each individual needs to personally provide proof and pick up their bib. Team members do not need to arrive together to receive individual bibs for their relay team. Relay runner #1 will need to pick up the timing chip.
I have not been vaccinated yet. Can I still run the race?
Yes! Individuals can either become fully vaccinated 14 days or more before race day OR provide proof of a negative test within 72 hours of the race they are registered to run.
What types of COVID-19 tests are authorized?
Accepted COVID-19 tests are those that have received Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization (EUA) and include RT-PCR, RE-LAMP, lateral flow, and rapid antigen tests.
Which COVID-19 vaccines count towards my proof of vaccination?
The OKC Memorial Marathon policy recognizes COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the CDC, the FDA, and the World Health Organization.
Will COVID testing be available at the Health & Fitness Expo?
Yes! The Memorial Marathon is partnering with Oklahoma-based IMMYLabs to provide free, on-site COVID testing for registered runners only. Information on testing has been provided to registered runners via email.
Do I have to wear a mask anywhere?
Masks will be expected to be worn in the Health & Fitness Expo, hotel shuttles, the Start Line corrals, and after crossing the Finish Line. Masks will not be required while running the course. Marathon volunteers will wear PPE.
I have to go to the medical tent. Do I have to wear a mask there?
Masks are required to enter the medical tents and will be available near the entrance of each tent. All medical volunteers along the race course will be vaccinated.
What will water stops look like?
Water stops will practice social distancing and have food items individually portioned for runners to pick up. Sanitization stations will be located near all water stops along the course.
Where do I need to wear the bracelet I received at the Expo?
Bracelets are required to access the the runner corral, medical aid stations, the medal and food area following completion of the race and to ride an official Marathon hotel shuttle.
Are spectators still allowed?
Yes! Spectators are critical to the spirit of our race. They are expected to follow best practices on personal hygiene, covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing, handwashing and social distancing. In crowded areas, we encourage spectators to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
Can I get a refund or defer my registration?
We will not offer refunds or deferrals for the race. However, if a registered runner tests positive within 14 days of the race, we will offer a refund of registration fees, minus $25 COVID fee, with proof of positive test results.
Is there swag?
Runners in all races receive a participant T-shirt and a hand-cast bronze finisher’s medal. Looking for more? Visit our store!
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. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam folder or use this link to confirm your registration.
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 difference of the registration cost based on the date and time you are making the change. Click here for instructions on how to 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 its 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.
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 are the pace groups and time?
Red Coyote Running and Fitness will provide pace group leaders. You can meet the pace team, pick up a FREE pace tattoo and find out more information at the Red Coyote Pacer booth at the Expo. Look for the Red Coyote pace signs at the Start Line.
- Marathon pace times: 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:10, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, 6:00
- Half Marathon pace times: 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:25, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00
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?
The race begins in front of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum between 5th and 6th streets and Harvey Avenue.
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 Festival. 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.
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.
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 is located at the Oklahoma City Convention Center. Gear check will be available during the Health & Fitness Expo. Runners can also drop off their gear check bag from 4:00am – 6:00am on Sunday.
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. 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 1:00pm 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. 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?
Runners in the Marathon will have 6.5 hours of course support starting from when the last corral is released from the Start Line. If you’re not to mile 20 by noon you will be shuttled back to Scissortail Park to enjoy the Finish Line Festival.
Runners in the Half Marathon will have 4.5 hours of course support starting from when the last corral is released from the Start Line. If you are not Mile 10 by 3.5 hours after your wave start, you will be shuttled back to Scissortail Park to enjoy the Finish Line Festival.
Where are the Water Stops, Medical Stations and Relief Stations?
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 water stop 13. 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.
Are there items prohibited on the course?
What is not allowed on course: backpacks, rucksacks, any over the shoulder item, air tanks, inflatable costumes, bicycles, scooters, strollers (with the exception of the 5K and Kids Marathon where we ask that all strollers be at the back of coral), roller blades, roller skates, any wheeled item other than wheelchairs. No animals with the exception of ADA approved service dogs.
Running belts, hand-held water bottles and clip on water bottles less than one liter are allowed. In accordance with USATF guidelines, wheelchair athletes must wear helmets. Thank you for helping us keep the Marathon safe for everyone.
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 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 after the race?
Finishers in all races will receive a medal after crossing the Finish Line. Marathon and Half Marathon runners will use the ticket attached to the bottom of their bib to claim their Finisher’s blanket. Finisher’s blankets 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 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. All adult participants receive a link to their Digital Race Bag, full of offers and coupons. 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 #RUNtoREMEMBER!
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 Spectators page for information on OKC’s amazing neighborhoods! Out of respect for other residents, we ask that spectators not use air horns to cheer on runners.