Oklahoma Strong Run registration is open, event is May 16

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MOORE, Okla.– The second Annual Oklahoma Strong Run will take place on Sat. May 16 at Marketplace Drive in Norman, which is located at the Andy Alligator/HeyDay Entertainment complex at I-35 and Indian Hills Road. The run starts at 8 a.m. with a one-mile Fun Run/Walk.

The sanctioned 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration is open at oklahomastrongmonument.com and also open on-site, the morning of the run starting at 7:15 a.m. The 5K run fee is $35 and the Fun Run fee is $30. Registration is completed through ChronoTrack Live online.

Oklahoma Strong Monument Chair Becky Boyd-Wood said, “Runners from across the state – as well as out-of-state – are invited to join us in celebration of Oklahoma’s legacy of resilience and strength. We had a great turnout last year and look forward to seeing this annual run continue to grow.”

There will be prizes for all age categories and registrants receive an Oklahoma Strong Run shirt and unique finisher’s medal. All 5K registrants additionally receive a Headsweat’s runners cap from Top of the World.

According to the Oklahoma Strong Monument website, all proceeds benefit the Oklahoma Strong Monument Project which will fund a monument and gardens in the new Central Park in Moore. The monument, designed by Connie Scothorn with CLS and Associates, will be approximately 85’ in diameter and constructed of core-ten steel, with interactive scenery and kinetic lighting and music involved with the design.

Bricks will also be sold as a part of the fundraising campaign and will be used to pave the walkway around the monument. Their goal is to raise $3 million, including an endowment to the City of Moore for upkeep. The new 50-acre park in the central area of Moore will have a community center, aquatic park, farmer’s market and amphitheater.

Boyd-Wood said the celebratory space will pay tribute to all Oklahomans and the strength that has been our theme since statehood. For more information and registration visit oklahomastrongmonument.com or Facebook/OklahomaStrongRun.

Here are some FAQs:

Why We Run “Oklahoma Strong”

In celebration of the resilience and rebirth of our communities and in tribute to the strength of all Oklahomans, a new monument will be built in the center of a new park in Moore, Oklahoma. This privately funded monument represents people from every walk of life that have made our State such a special place. We run because we believe that we are strongest when we come together…never quitting…always pushing ahead. It’s the Oklahoma way!

FAQs

When and where is the race?

The Oklahoma Strong Run takes place on Saturday, May 16th. The Fun Run starts at 8:00 am and the 5K at 8:30 am. The run starts on Marketplace Drive in Norman, OK, between Andy Alligators and HeyDay Entertainment on the northeast corner of NW 36th and Indian Hills Road in north Norman. From I-35, exit Indian Hills Rd. and go west; turn north on NW 36th St.

Where do I park?

Parking will be nearby, west of the Run area. Look for signage.

How much is registration and what do I get? (NOTE: Price increases $5 for each level after May 8th.)

5K Run: $35 First 1000 registrants get a great run shirt

Fun Run: $30 First 1000 Finishers get medal

Dream Team (rather sleep than run): $30 First 1000 5K registrants get Headsweats Cap (also available for sale)

How do I register for the Run?

You can register on here , at packet pick-up, or on the morning of the event.

Can I register on the day of the race?

Yes, however we strongly encourage that you register early and online! Shirts will only be available for the first 1000 registrants. If you do choose to register on the day of the race, you can register at the Registration table. Registration will be open at 7:15 am and close at 7:45 am

Do you offer a group discount?

We do not offer a group discount.

Do I have to register my child for the Fun Run?

If you are pushing your child in a stroller, he or she does not need to be registered. Anyone who will be running or walking, no matter how young he/she is, must register.

Do I have to run the 5K or can I walk?

We warmly welcome walkers to participate in the 5K! The course will be open for one hour, which should allow plenty of time for all walkers to finish.

How can I check to ensure that I am registered?

You will receive an email confirmation within minutes of completing your online registration on Chronotrack.

What happens if I register and then am unable to participate?

You are still welcome to pick up your race bag, dri-fit shirt (and hat, if you are registering for the 5K), but no refunds will be given.

Where is early packet pick-up?

Early packet pick-up will be on Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Tinker Federal Credit Union in Moore (400 SW 6th St in Moore – just north of the Warren Theatre) and Red Coyote Running and Fitness (5720 N. Classen Blvd, OKC).

Can I pick up my packet on race day?

You can, but we strongly encourage all participants to pick up their packet early. Race day packet pick-up is at the Registration table.

What is included in my packet?

Your timing chip and race bib, along with any important race day information. You will also receive your dri-fit shirt and hat at packet pick-up.

What do I need to bring with me to pick up my packet?

We encourage you to print off your confirmation email and bring that with you to packet pick-up. It is not required, but sometimes it is helpful to have that with you.

Can a friend pick up my packet for me?

Yes. Again, it would be helpful if you brought a copy of your friend’s confirmation, but it is not required. Just make sure your friend knows that you are picking up his/her packet!

When will I receive my email confirmation?

If you register online with Chronotrack, you will receive an email confirmation almost instantly. It will be emailed to the email address you provide at registration.

Timing

Is the Fun Run timed?

We will have a clock running during the Fun Run, but the participants will not wear a timing chip and will not receive an “official” time.

Do I need to turn my timing chip in after the 5K race?

Your timing chip is disposable and does not need to be turned in. Please take note of the sponsor before tossing it away!

Weather

What is the weather typically like on race day?

If our prayers are answered, it will be sunny and 65 degrees. Since the run is early, there may be a chill in the air. It’s May..it’s Oklahoma…need we say more? (It snowed on April 14th!)

What happens if it rains?

The race will go on regardless of precipitation. The race will only be delayed or cancelled if weather conditions present imminent danger to participants.

Start and Finish Areas

Where do the races start and finish?

The Run will begin and end on Marketplace Dr. between Andy Alligators and HeyDay Entertainment.

What time do the races start?

The Fun Run begins at 8:00 am and the 5K begins at 8:30.

Where should I park?

Parking will be available on the west side of the race area. Your run packet will include parking information.

What time should I get there on race day?

Arrive at least 30- 45 minutes in advance to allow yourself plenty of time to park and walk over to the start line. Then you can join the pre-run party!

Where are the best spectator venues?

You can cheer at the start and finish line or in designated areas on the access road.

What if I lose something at the race?

Lost-and-found is located at the Registration table.

Course Support

How long are the streets closed?

Streets will be closed until 9:30 am. This gives the 5K participants a full hour to complete the course. Our pace car will sweep the race. Anyone who does not keep up with the hour pace will be picked up and driven to the finish line area.

Is there a water stop on the 5K course?

Two water stops will be provided on the 5K race course.

Are there items prohibited on the course?

NO PETS are allowed on the course. If you are planning to run or walk with a stroller, we ask that you line up at the back at the start line.

Awards Ceremony

Do you give finishers medals?

We do! We have ordered 1000 Oklahoma Strong finisher medals to hand out to those finishing the race.

Will there be an awards ceremony?

Yes, a brief ceremony will begin around 9:20 am. Awards are presented to the male and female overall 5K winners at the Finish Line and age group awards will be three deep to male and female finishers in the standard 5 year divisions. Youth age groups begin at 12 and under. Oldest age group is 75 and over.

Will I be able to purchase race merchandise on race day?

Yes! Runners may purchase merchandise on race day at tables/tents located in the finish line area.

Will I get a swag bag?

The first 1000 participants will get a KFOR goody bag.

Can I have or buy an extra dri-fit shirt?

We can only provide one dri-fit shirt per registered participant. We will have dri-fit and cotton shirts available for purchase in the vendor area.

Will pictures of the race be available?

Yes, details about the run pictures and purchase options will be included in your bag; pictures will also be on the monument website after the race.