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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 60°F (15°C)
Average High: 68°F (20°C)
Average Low: 51° F (10°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.09
Course Score: 98.58

Race Size

2017: 2,213 Finishers
2016: 2,240 Finishers
2015: 2,490 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 5.1%
2016: 2.4%
2015: 4.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

Although the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon course is relatively flat to slightly rolling and can be fast, the weather is typically warmer than ideal. PRs and BQs will depend a lot on the race day weather.

There is only about 140 feet of total elevation difference over the entire course.


Marathon Rankings

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was the 36th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 36th largest in 2015.

This year 5.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 2.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon the 462nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 136th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 98.58 ranks it as the 249th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Oklahoma.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon a PR Score of 98.09. This PR Score ranks it as the 245th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Oklahoma.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1266 feet (385m)
Min Elevation: 1128 feet (343m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

4.7 Stars from 9 Reviews



review of 2017 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

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5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2017 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Well organized with plenty of water stops and aid. The entire city really comes together for this event supporting runners along the entire course. The first several miles have a lot of turns and are ran on narrow streets which makes it difficult to hit your splits if you are in the back starting out. They provide a bunch of pacing groups with pacing leaders who have ran the course several times.

Race Tips

I would recommend starting in corral A or B as it gets very crowded with slow runners and walkers at the back. This course is more hilly than you would expect. The Marathon course has about 700' of El. Gain. The Weather can do anything so if you're travelling be prepared for all types of weather. I've ran this 3 years in a row now and it can be hot and humid or cold and rainy, but it definitely will be windy!

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review of 2017 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Wind is always a factor. Spring weather is sometimes unpredictable. Great turnout. Lots of water stops.

Race Tips

Expect delays. First few miles and back half slow due to lots of slow runners and walkers.

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review of 2016 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Really well run race - tremendous number of volunteers involved - water/powerade stations almost every mile - many giving out pretzels & oranges. Great spectator involvement throughout the course both cheering and giving out the typical things but also many giving very cold bottled water and some odd things like bacon. This is very much an entire city event and it shows - all of the hotels gave extended checkouts - great shuttle system to/from the race - they really have it going on. Race is a little more up and down that you might think but plenty manageable - just be aware that it is very windy in OKC - wind was out of the south today at about 25mph - race is a north south point to point race and it was tough getting back in. I will certainly run this race again.

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review of 2016 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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You can't best the atmosphere. This is truly running for a cause.

Race Tips

Pay close attention to the wind on race day. When we turned going south along Lake Hefner the wind was BRUTAL. My pace dropped 30-45sec/mile in that section.

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review of 2016 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Great Pacers and organization! Great course but can get hot and a tough prevailing headwind near the lake on the return.

Race Tips

The pace groups are awesome. Community support is great.

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review of 2016 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

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This is a very well organized race. Plenty of water stops, aid stations and bathrooms. There is tons of crowd support along the way, especially if you are running the 1/2 marathon. The finishers village is the best I have experienced with food and music for the runners. They have a large medical tent right off the finish line equipped with ice and plenty of staff on hand to provide you with any medical needs. This race includes the marathon, marathon relay, 1/2 marathon and 5K. It is a sea of people at the starting line and is very cramped. They do a good job separating out the corrals, but because of this the first several miles of the race is elbow to elbow with runners until the 1/2 marathoners split off around mile 7, therefore this isn't a race you will want to a PR!

Cons: The weather is totally unpredictable, but you can expect it to be windy. This is not a flat course. There is about 700' ft of elevation gain throughout. The last 5 miles is slightly uphill the entire way and you will most likely be running into a 15-25 mph wind. This is the most difficult section of the course which is not ideal for the last 6 miles in a marathon. Luckily there is tons of crowd support and water stops every mile to the finish.

Race Tips

Take the first several miles slower than goal pace. It is very cramped the first 7 miles and you will want to save some energy for the last 5 miles of the race which is a brutal uphill windy stretch.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Arrive early to the start to take part in the OKC memorial ceremonies. It is very beautiful and emotional.



review of 2013 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

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Well organized. Great course and crowd support. I will definitely travel to OK to run this marathon again.

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I stayed down town. Easy to get to the expo and start.



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