The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon will require participants in the 21st Annual Memorial Marathon set for October 2-3, 2021, to either provide proof of vaccination or produce a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their race to participate in the Memorial Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay and 5K. Anyone over 12 years of age participating in the Kids Marathon must also provide the same proof.
In an effort to create the safest environment possible, Marathon race officials have set a race cap at 12,000 – 50 percent of the runners that participated in 2019, and adopted enhanced health and safety policies. These emulate best practices being used in major marathons and public events across the country and throughout the State of Oklahoma.
The changes to the participant policies include:
- If an individual tests positive or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the event, they are asked not to participate in any of the Marathon events.
- Anyone over the age of 12 running the Memorial Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 5K or Kids Marathon must bring to the Health & Fitness Expo personal identification (e.g., driver’s license, 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 (October 2-3) they are registered to run.
- Proof of vaccination can be the original paper copy, legible photocopy, or digital copy of the official COVID-19 Vaccination Card and must be shown with a personal photo ID.
- Individuals unable to provide proof of full vaccination prior to 14 days of race day or a negative test within 72 hours of the race (October 2-3) they are registered to run will not be allowed to enter the Health & Fitness Expo on October 1-2 and will be unable to pick up their race bib and other necessary materials that allow for participation in the event.
- The OKC Memorial Marathon policy recognizes COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Drug Administration and the World Health Organization. Accepted COVID-19 tests are those that have received FDA emergency use authorization (EUA) and include RT-PCR, RE-LAMP, lateral flow, and rapid antigen tests.
- 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. Tested participants will not receive immediate access to enter the Health & Fitness Expo on October 1-2 for bib number pick-up and will be required to wait for confirmation of test results.
- Every participant must provide proof of either full vaccination prior to 14 days of race day or a negative test within 72 hours of the race (October 2-3) they are registered to run and pick up bibs personally. Participants must show their personal photo ID with such proof. 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 in order 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.
- The quickest way to enter the Memorial’s Health & Fitness Expo and receive race day materials is to be fully vaccinated and have an original, legible copy, photocopy or digital copy of your vaccination card.
- Masks will be expected to be worn in the Health & Fitness Expo, on bus shuttles, at the Start Line corrals and after crossing the Finish Line. Masks will not be required while running the course.
- Masks will be 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.
- 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.
- Marathon volunteers will also be wearing PPE for everyone’s safety and protection.
- Participants and spectators are expected to follow best practices on personal hygiene, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, handwashing and social distancing.
- The Race start will happen in waves allowing for distance between runners.