Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is held every April in Oklahoma City. Runner's World magazine called it one of the 12 ‘must-run’ marathon events. An inspiring run through scenic Oklahoma City neighborhoods with crowds of cheering supporters lining the streets is a truly inspiring experience. Every year, it attracts about 25,000 runners and walkers from all 50 states and other countries.
The Marathon starts at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, then goes around the Capitol, and several historic neighborhoods. It is an official Boston Marathon qualifying event. The Oklahoma City Marathon offers full marathon course, half marathon, marathon relay (5-person teams), 5K, and kids run.
The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon honors the victims of a domestic terrorist truck bombing on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that happened in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. This tragic incident also is known as "The Oklahoma City bombing." Runners can see 168 banners with the names of one of those who were killed in the attack along the course. The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was initiated to celebrate life and benefit the National Memorial and Museum of Oklahoma City in 2001. About 5,000 runners participated in the first year.