22nd Annual Run to Remember.
Since its inaugural race in 2001, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon has grown to host as many as 25,000 runners and walkers from around the world annually, has been named a “must-run marathon” by Runner’s World magazine and has helped many runners qualify for the Boston Marathon and Abbott World Marathon Majors.
One of Oklahoma City’s signature events, the Marathon is about much more than running. The Run to Remember is a community-driven celebration of life bringing together runners, spectators, neighborhoods and supporters from near and far to honor the lives of those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
The celebration spans three full days, April 22-24, with ways for all ages to participate! You can get the latest news from the weekly Run to Remember Memorial Marathon Podcast available on okcMarathon.com, Apple, Spotify, Amazon and Google.
Friday, April 22
Feel the weekend’s anticipation build as you begin an adventure in OKC! You can find fun things to do nearby the Oklahoma City National Memorial by visiting its destination page. For a list of Marathon Partner hotels with special rates for participants, as well as shuttle and transportation information, click here.
Free Museum Admission with Bib
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Stop by for a tour of one of the country’s top museums and get free admission with your race bib all Race Weekend long. Interactive exhibits and galleries tell the story of the Oklahoma City bombing and detail the outpouring of support that followed, along with lessons learned.
Health & Fitness Expo Day 1
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you’re participating in a Memorial Marathon event, the Health & Fitness Expo is where you’ll pick up your bib and event packet. The two-day free event — open to the public — brings more than 50 exhibitors with the latest running and fitness gear and accessories. KFOR News 4 and The Franchise will be covering the event during the afternoon before World Record Holder Marko Cheseto, double amputee, tells his inspiring story of recovery from frostbite to making history.
Run to Remember Podcast Live Recording
Here’s your chance to see how the podcast magic is made, live at the Health & Fitness Expo. Join host Kristin Fares as Hall of Famer runners including Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Dick Beardsley tell their stories. While you’re there, pick up a special Run to Remember journal at the Running Legends booth.
Better Conversations – Evolution of Running
Join a stimulating discussion with a host panel of running legends as they discuss running industry trends, changes and where the future of running lies. Better Conversations is a recurring event by the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum with the goal of providing a safe space for meaningful, sometimes challenging conversations.
Finish Line Festival Free Concert & Fireworks
Head to Scissortail Park’s Great Lawn to enjoy a free outdoor concert with music by Josh Abbott Band and special guest opener Jason Scott and The High Heat. A spectacular fireworks display will end the first of three days of fun at the Finish Line Festival at Scissortail Park.
Saturday, April 23
Off to the races! The action begins at the Start Line between 5th and 6th on Harvey Ave. and continues throughout the day, ending with the Finish Line Festival and final day of the Health & Fitness Expo.
The first race on the Run to Remember schedule is the 5K. It’s a great option to experience all the excitement and emotion of the race with a course accessible to anyone who wants to participate.
Finish Line Festival
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Enjoy food trucks, yard games, face painting and live entertainment as you welcome runners to the finish line at Scissortail Park.
Beginning with a warmup led by OKC Thunder mascot RUMBLE, kids in 6th grade and younger complete the last 1.2 miles of their Marathon, with the other 25 miles logged earlier throughout the year. It’s a fun way to encourage healthy lifestyles, incorporate important lessons from the Memorial and Museum and teach the Oklahoma Standard.
Health & Fitness Expo Day 2
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Head to the Oklahoma City Convention Center to browse dozens of running and health-conscious vendors. From 11 a.m. to noon, you can catch running industry legends Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Dick Beardsley, Bart Yasso, Dan Little and Marko Cheseto as they share personal marathon stories.
At noon, you’ll get to experience a live Better Conversations session with 34 Ran Them All participants, who have run in every Memorial Marathon since 2001. Immediately after, Oklahoma marathoner Dan Little tells his story of conquering the World Marathon Challenge: 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents. And Marko Cheseto returns for a second appearance.
Sunday, April 24
From early morning reflection to exciting racing action to celebrating in Scissortail Park, the Run to Remember moves you through the gamut of emotions for an unforgettable experience.
Beginning at 5 a.m.
Race Day begins with moments of tranquility: sunrise mass at St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral followed by a candle vigil at the Jesus Wept Statue and a sunrise service under the Survivor Tree led by First Church Pastor Chris Dodson. After gear check and a pancake breakfast, it’s time to commence the day’s events.
Marathon Wheelchair, Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay
Beginning at 6:25 a.m.
Make your way to the 9:03 Gate to witness the thrill of thousands of runners taking their first steps into the Run to Remember. Before the Marathon, Relay and Half Marathon: the National Anthem sung by Miss Oklahoma, Ashleigh Robinson, and 168 Seconds of Silence to honor each person killed in the bombing.
Start times are staggered by event and can be found at okcmarathon.com, as can a list of best places to join the cheering crowd along the most exciting portions of the course. Bring a sign or just your voice; runners rely on spirited spectators to motivate them to the Finish Line!
Run to Remember Challenges
Three opportunities to participate all weekend.
Whether you’re part of the “Ran Them All” club or it’s your first time, the OKC Memorial Marathon has an event for you to join, and each comes with exclusive merch! The Why We Run Weekend Series is a way to double your participation and contribution to the event’s mission. Participants will be running the 5K on Saturday and either the Marathon or Half Marathon on Sunday.
In collaboration with Tulsa’s Williams Route 66 Marathon, the OKC Memorial Marathon presents the Oklahoma Standard Challenge, inspired by the generous acts of service, honor and kindness that followed April 19, 1995, and that continue to shape Oklahoma’s culture today. To complete the challenge, run the Marathon or Half Marathon in both races during the same calendar year.
Governor Kevin Stitt will again take to the streets of OKC to challenge Oklahomans to beat his Relay team’s overall time. Do it and get an “I Beat the Gov” running shirt!
Finish Line Festival
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
With such a worthy cause for celebration, be sure to get the full experience at the final day of the Finish Line Festival. Food trucks, yard games, face painting, music and photo ops return as a fun backdrop for congratulating participants and meeting with friends and family.
See you April 22-24!
We can’t wait to celebrate drive, determination, resilience and a job well done by all participants in the Run to Remember. What’s your favorite part of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon?