Overall Rating
Overall Rating (65 Reviews)
4.6
(65 Ratings)(65 Reviews)
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3.1
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4.1
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4.5
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4.2
2020 EVENT RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL. Per race website: “Due to public health concerns, the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum will be closed temporarily beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020. The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is postponed until fall 2020. Likewise, Memorial officials are busy planning the 25th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony to … MORE
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    TDuckwall REPEAT RUNNER '15

    Crowd is spectacular! Terrain changes frequently from upscale neighborhoods to the running around the lake. You can't beat Oklahoma City for a wonderful run. The finish line if very well … MORE

    Crowd is spectacular! Terrain changes frequently from upscale neighborhoods to the running around the lake. You can’t beat Oklahoma City for a wonderful run. The finish line if very well organized and runners get the royal treatment. Family is easy to find.

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    jalaina REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I may be biased because I’m from the OKC area but this is consistently a well run race! I love seeing the different areas of the course. The banners with … MORE

    I may be biased because I’m from the OKC area but this is consistently a well run race! I love seeing the different areas of the course. The banners with the names of the victims is inspiring. Tons of spectators. The stretch by the lake is the only area that I’ve found that’s hard to enjoy. The wind usually picks up there.

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    aispuroar03 FIRST-TIMER '16

    This race was very overwhelming for me since i was still fairly new to running and was my 4th 5k race that i participated in. The expo was crazy busy … MORE

    This race was very overwhelming for me since i was still fairly new to running and was my 4th 5k race that i participated in. The expo was crazy busy and crowded the day before whenever i went to do packet pickup. Lots of cool vendors and local places had booths available.
    On race day, all the 5K runners were on a separate street from the Half & Full runners but we were staggered out depending on excepted running pace. Whenever the race started, everyone went towards the start line. They did not have a staggered start time for each corral so it was crowded for the first 1.5-2 miles until the 5k runners split away from the long distant runners. At the finish line, they had essential post race food (banana, chocolate milk, fruit cups) along with hamburgers, Mylars, & of course your medal.
    Since then, they have changed up how they do start. Now each corral is staggered out by 5-10 minutes, and the 5k runners go after all the Full, Half, and Relay runners have gone.

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Every year is better! This race is near and dear to my heart. The cause is amazing, and they really honor the victims and those impacted by the Murrah Bombing … MORE

    Every year is better! This race is near and dear to my heart. The cause is amazing, and they really honor the victims and those impacted by the Murrah Bombing in OKC. The crowd is amazing every year, even with bad weather. The post race food is always great! Carls Jr burgers in addition to the normal things (bagels, oranges, bananas, etc). The organization of the HUGE crowd and participants is getting better each year too. If you only do one Oklahoma race, this has to be it!

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The race directors finally caught up with the running community with their swag! They now have tech shirts instead of cotton and finisher shirts for half marathoners and changing (and … MORE

    The race directors finally caught up with the running community with their swag! They now have tech shirts instead of cotton and finisher shirts for half marathoners and changing (and bigger) medals. Each year, there is more and more crowd support, which is exhilarating! You NEED to do this race!

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '15

    This year was a fun one! There are so many people that come out with snacks, drinks, alcohol, etc. and every year, I’m afraid I will puke or won’t finish … MORE

    This year was a fun one! There are so many people that come out with snacks, drinks, alcohol, etc. and every year, I’m afraid I will puke or won’t finish and don’t partake. This year, my group decided that we were going to have fun and not care about time. We had popsicles, bacon, chocolate, donuts, chicken nuggets, shots of fireball, shots of vodka, beer, full hotdogs, mimosas, among other things! The crowd was amazing! Every year they are! The race is very well put on and the crowd makes it better!

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '14

    This year, the swag improved!! Each year, the Memorial just gets better and better! This is a race you definitely need to do. There is so much heart and emotion … MORE

    This year, the swag improved!! Each year, the Memorial just gets better and better! This is a race you definitely need to do. There is so much heart and emotion behind this race—both the reason and the people. If you are wanting to do an Oklahoma race, this is the one. You will truly experience Oklahoma.

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '13

    This was not my first Memorial, but it was my first Memorial full. This was about 2 weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing, which made it even more emotional than … MORE

    This was not my first Memorial, but it was my first Memorial full. This was about 2 weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing, which made it even more emotional than previous races. The thing I love the most about the Memorial is the reason it is put on and how much it exemplifies the resilience of Oklahoma City. As for the marathon course compared to the half marathon course, there were far less people along the course. The part along Lake Hefner was beautiful, but very windy. Continuous changes for the better with the race directors, too!

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '12

    The weather this year was perfect! I was able to enjoy the race even more this year. There were small changes in the organization to make this an even better … MORE

    The weather this year was perfect! I was able to enjoy the race even more this year. There were small changes in the organization to make this an even better event.

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    raispuro FIRST-TIMER '11

    This was my 1st half marathon. The weather was not great, at all. Everything else was amazing. The course was great, the “swag” was a cotton t-shirt and a medal. MORE

    This was my 1st half marathon. The weather was not great, at all. Everything else was amazing. The course was great, the “swag” was a cotton t-shirt and a medal.

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    mcneill FIRST-TIMER '19

    Emotional run seeing all the photos of everyone who died from the OKC bombing, arrive a day or two early so you can visit the memorial museum. Allow half a … MORE

    Emotional run seeing all the photos of everyone who died from the OKC bombing, arrive a day or two early so you can visit the memorial museum. Allow half a day to really see it all and absorb the history.
    The run was well supported. Enthusiastic volunteers.

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    kaylabilladeau FIRST-TIMER '19

    Ample aid stations, great community support, wonderful runner support. For as many runners as they had here, it went super smooth. The only thing that i missed out on was … MORE

    Ample aid stations, great community support, wonderful runner support. For as many runners as they had here, it went super smooth. The only thing that i missed out on was getting my finisher shirt… it wasn’t in the finish area, but rather another part of a park. Oh well. Live and learn.

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    sarastew May 20, 2019 at 12:41pm

    I emailed after the race with a request that they were very accommodating and helpful. Maybe send an email and ask for your shirt?

    I emailed after the race with a request that they were very accommodating and helpful. Maybe send an email and ask for your shirt?

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    sarastew FIRST-TIMER '19

    I ran this half marathon back in 2016 and can only tell you it’s gotten better. They changed the route for the full but this was my first time running … MORE

    I ran this half marathon back in 2016 and can only tell you it’s gotten better. They changed the route for the full but this was my first time running the full. It was IMMACULATE and beautiful the entire course! Lots of porta potties along the course.

    While the tragic events that caused this marathon to take place are hard to absorb, the tribute this race provides is incredible. The memorial is open before the race and you can pay your respects and join the morning prayer. Before the race starts there is a 168 second moment of silence to honor each of the victims that were killed in the bombing.

    As the race begins it’s as the sun is rising and you enjoy downtown OKC. As you progress along the course the streetlights have banners with the names of the victims on them.

    It’s extremely emotional. I just fell in love with the kind reminder this race holds. I’m honored I was able to participate and defiantly recommend this one!

    The only downfall is it gets hot and humid as the day progresses. I finished in just under 4 hours but was definitely starting to feel the heat.

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    M_Sohaskey May 22, 2019 at 1:20pm

    Well done and well said, Sara! One of the best things about running is being part of something bigger than ourselves, and races like OKC and Marine Corps definitely fit… MORE

    Well done and well said, Sara! One of the best things about running is being part of something bigger than ourselves, and races like OKC and Marine Corps definitely fit that bill. Congrats on an impressive finish in the heat, and thanks for another inspired review! LESS

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    smileykitty FIRST-TIMER '19

    Wonderful race!! The museum is one of the best. Course was awesome and goes through much of the need to sees of okc. The photo company is terrible though. They … MORE

    Wonderful race!! The museum is one of the best. Course was awesome and goes through much of the need to sees of okc. The photo company is terrible though. They don’t bother tagging the photos or using OCR or facial recognition technology like other photo companies that do races. Don’t count on getting your photo unless you want to go through 700 pages of lost and found photos. It’s a shame since every other part of the race was well organized and very well done!

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    usamhall FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my sixth marathon in Oklahoma and my first in OKC. The expo is one of the best I have been to with lots of booths. I received two … MORE

    This was my sixth marathon in Oklahoma and my first in OKC. The expo is one of the best I have been to with lots of booths. I received two shirts and a heavy medal. We started out cool with a waterfall corals. I had run a marathon the day before. So I ran the first 5 miles and then did intervals the rest of the race. I was with many of my maniac friends so it was a social race for me. The highlight I believe is Gorilla Hill. Lots of cheering fans and food/drinks including champagne. I think is maybe a race I repeat. As for after the race, it was well organized and the thing I loved; those that finished late had all of the food and beer that they could drink also the band was still playing. That could be five stars for me after a few disappointments at other races.

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    RLyle0951 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I thought this race was terrific on so many levels. The emphasis on remembering the victims, survivors, families, first responders, etc., of the 1995 bombing made the entire weekend memorable. … MORE

    I thought this race was terrific on so many levels. The emphasis on remembering the victims, survivors, families, first responders, etc., of the 1995 bombing made the entire weekend memorable. Having the chance to hear so many stories about that tragic day and visiting the memorial was emotional. The race was more challenging that I expected but was so well done. The number of volunteers and their passion was amazing. I would highly recommend this event to anyone.

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    jhtraveler REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I participated in the first leg of the marathon relay and then continued on to complete the half marathon course. It's a well attending and well supported race. There are … MORE

    I participated in the first leg of the marathon relay and then continued on to complete the half marathon course. It’s a well attending and well supported race. There are sections of the course that you no fan support. The half marathon course has some hills throughout but heavy during the later part of the course.

    The expo is okay, the bib pickup and race shirts are not close together (opposite end of the facility from each other).

    On race morning, there is a pancake option at the First Church (next to starting corrals) which is a nice touch. I would caution if you have a bag to check, pay attention to location that this occurs. It’s not at the starting area but several blocks away (at finish line).

    The medal is great! Also, the tech shirts are nice.

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    caseylee FIRST-TIMER '19

    The city and residents really show up for this race, offering tons of course encouragement/spectators throughout the half. The course is a little more hilly than expected but not unmanageable, … MORE

    The city and residents really show up for this race, offering tons of course encouragement/spectators throughout the half. The course is a little more hilly than expected but not unmanageable, a nice challenge — ran it about 4 mins slower than my PR. Pretty well organized from my perspective and you get two tech shirts — a race shirt and a finishers shirt.

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    17taylorkeller FIRST-TIMER '19

    These were 4 of the best 4 hours of my life! So glad this was my first marathon and I hope to be back every year for as long as … MORE

    These were 4 of the best 4 hours of my life! So glad this was my first marathon and I hope to be back every year for as long as my legs will run!

    Hopefully next year my knee makes it the whole way though!

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    lbauerle REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I highly recommend this race. The cause is awesome and emotional, especially to the locals. The banners of those killed in the bombing are inspirational, as you run. It is … MORE

    I highly recommend this race. The cause is awesome and emotional, especially to the locals. The banners of those killed in the bombing are inspirational, as you run. It is a challenging course, with unpredictable weather. Winds and some hills make it more difficult than you might expect. The crowd and enthusiasm make it one of my favorite yearly events.

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