The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon announced Wednesday that it will go virtual for the marathon's 20th anniversary this year.
The announcement was made in conjunction with Tulsa's Williams Route 66 Marathon during a press conference via Zoom.
“While we would all prefer to have 25,000 people at the start line in front of the Memorial Museum on October 4th, it just isn’t possible at this time in Oklahoma City. After considering feedback from runners, the health of Oklahoma communities and advice from medical professionals, a virtual race is the best solution for the 2020 Run to Remember," Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Race Director Kari Watkins said. "The disappointment of not running the Memorial Marathon together is being felt by all of us. But the health and safety of everyone participating – runners, volunteers, and the community support – must be our highest priority.”
The virtual OKC Memorial Marathon races will take place October 4-18. Officials will release more information on the races in the coming weeks.
Runners registered for this year's OKC marathon will be automatically eligible for the virtual races. They also have the option to donate their entry fee to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum or defer their entry for 2021 or 2022.