Sunday, April 28 | 6:30AM
The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is a Boston qualifying USATF sanctioned event on a certified 26.2-mile single-loop course. It’s been rated one of 12 “must-run” marathons by Runner’s World magazine.
The course begins at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and winds through downtown, Bricktown, past the State Capitol, through northeast Oklahoma City and through some of the city’s most beautiful and historic neighborhoods. Crowds of spectators line the course to cheer on runners. And along the way, 168 banners — each bearing the name of one of those killed in the Oklahoma City bombing — reminds us of Why We Run.
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 Marathon runners are not to the course split at Mile 7.5 by 8:45am, they will be directed to the Half Marathon course. To complete the Marathon without being disqualified, you need be at mile 20 by noon, or you will be shuttled to Scissortail Park to enjoy the Finish Line Festival.
The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is the largest fundraiser for the privately owned and operated Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. As an additional benefit to running in any of the races, each participant will receive one free admission to the Museum.
Why We Run Weekend Series
Want extra swag? Sign up for the Why We Run Weekend Series (5K + Full Marathon) and earn a special Why We Run medal and shirt! You must be registered for the Why We Run Weekend Series to earn the additional shirt and medal.
Marathon Course MapThis fully interactive map enables you to turn layers on and off, view elevations and zoom in and out.
Conor Holt of Norman, OK | 2:22:54 (2004)
McKale Montgomery of Stillwater, OK | 2:41:07 (2022)
Richard Vaughn | 4:31:02 (2015)
Steven Scalzo | 1:32:34 (2023)
David Satre | 2:52:13 (2023)
The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Wheelchair Division welcomes athletes of all abilities to participate. The information below is designed to help ensure the safety of all participants, spectators, sponsors, vendors and volunteers.
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 visible 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, interfere with other participants or 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 one month before Race Day. 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 pre-confirmed, approved pushed wheelchair participants must be registered and will start just after the wheelchair athletes at 6:25am. Please contact us to ensure you and your pushed participant are on our early start list.
- All wheelchair athletes competing in the event must check in with the Race Timer 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 Race Timer 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.
Abbott World Marathon Majors
The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is proud to be a qualifying race for the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Rankings.
Any athlete achieving the Automatic Qualifying Time for their age group will receive an immediate invitation to the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.
Runners who do not achieve the Automatic Qualifying Time still have the opportunity to receive an invitation to enter the World Championship depending on the full field size, the number of athletes achieving the qualifying time and the number of athletes who take up their immediate invitation.
So, instead of a runner needing 2 results in a qualifying period to be invited to the World Championships, they can be invited immediately after running the Memorial Marathon. Even for those runners that did not hit the Automatic Qualifying Time, their one best result still may be enough to get invited.
Search by name, age group and gender to see your current world ranking.
Check out this beginner’s Marathon Program developed by three-time Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon winner, world record holder and Oklahoma native Camille Herron. The 16-week program is designed to provide you with the resources needed leading up to race day.
If you’re looking to meet new friends in your area and train with runners practicing for a goal race in OKC, check out the groups below who are all looking for the same opportunities as you and start training today!