Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
|Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon|
|Location||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Official site||Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon|
The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is an event commemorating the Oklahoma City bombing.
On April 19, 2001, the inaugural Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was run. Called by organizers a "Run to Remember," the race was created, according to the official web site, for the purpose of providing financial support to the Oklahoma City National Memorial. It also serves as one additional means of offering comfort, strength, peace and hope to all Americans affected by what was truly a larger than life tragedy on a national scale.
The annual event has grown to over 25,000 participants and has been called one of the "12 Must Run Marathons" by Runner's World Magazine. The Oklahoma City National Memorial is the sole beneficiary of Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon event proceeds. The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon has contributed $2.175 million to the Memorial since its inception.
The marathon weekend races consists of a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay (5 member teams), 5k, and kids marathon. The race is an official Boston Marathon qualifying event.
The course begins at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, winds through Bricktown, the Capitol campus, Nichols Hills, Lake Hefner trail, and several of Oklahoma City’s historic neighborhoods. Along the way, runners pass 168 banners, each bearing the name of one of the bombing victims.
The starting line is on N. Harvey Ave., between NW 6th and NW 5th at the west entrance of the National Memorial. The finish line is at Devon Energy, at the corner of Hudson Ave and Sheridan Ave.
- "The Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon 2013 - Profile of the 2013 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon". Okc.about.com. 1995-04-19. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
- "About Us". Okcmarathon.com. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
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