Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and Half Marathon Wheelchair Divisions welcome athletes of all abilities to participate. The information listed in this policy has been created to promote the safety of all participants, spectators, sponsors, vendors and volunteers.
There will be three wheelchair division awards given to registered participants in the following categories: hand crank, push rim and standard wheelchair.
All wheelchairs authorized to participate must abide by the following rules.
- All registered wheelchair participants MUST wear a protective helmet to participate in any of the events. The helmet must be worn for the duration of the race with the chin-strap fastened, and bib must be visibly seen on the course at all times.
- The use of mirrors is not permitted.
- All wheelchairs must be structurally sound (i.e., no cracks in the frame or welds, no loose or missing spokes, etc.) The athlete must be securely seated in the wheelchair and remain so while racing.
- It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure that no part of their lower limbs can fall from their wheelchair to the ground or road during the event.
- All wheelchair participants must be able to maintain control of their wheelchair at all times. Race officials may immediately and without warning disqualify from the event and remove from the course any participant whose racing style is considered by such official to be dangerous, to interfere with other participants, or to fail to yield the right of way to other participants or volunteers.
- Registered participants may request to push a wheelchair on the course. All special requests should be emailed and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The deadline to make a request is April 1. Please use the contact form.
- The following wheelchairs are prohibited on all of the official race courses, with the exception of number six above: electric or motorized wheelchairs, sports chairs (i.e. basketball wheelchairs), and bobsleds.
- All approved participating wheelchair participants are required to start with the early designated official wheelchair start on race morning. All approved pushed wheelchair participants must start at the back of the corrals.
- All wheelchair athletes competing in the event must check-in with the Start Line Coordinator with the wheelchair they will use in the race no later than 30 minutes before the start of the race on the morning of the event to ensure that the chair meets the event safety requirements. The decision of the Start Line Coordinator is final.
If the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Staff believe that a wheelchair or the athlete using it represents a safety risk, they are authorized to disqualify the athlete from the event and prohibit them from participating. The athlete shall not receive a registration fee refund for failing to follow the above policy and missing the opportunity to participate.