Registration open for Redbud Classic set for April 9, 10

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2016 race logoOKLAHOMA CITY – It’s time to gear up for the 34th annual Redbud Classic set for April 9 and 10!

According to a press release, Redbud is continuing its tradition of fitness, family, fun and philanthropy with events for the entire family.

The 2016 Redbud Classic has multiple events starting with the 10, 33 and 50-mile bike tours on Saturday, April 9 along with the ever-popular, one-mile children’s run.

On Sunday, April 10, events will include the 5K and 10K timed runs, the 5K-wheelchair event, the 2-mile walk and the baby stroller derby.

“Redbud is in its 34th year, making it the oldest local race in Oklahoma City and all the proceeds go to a local non-profit,” said Patty Anthony, race director. “We have raised more than $500,000 over the years. We are excited that proceeds will benefit Peppers Ranch this year. Race participants are not only keeping themselves healthy but contributing to a valuable local charity.”

Annually, agencies apply to the Redbud Classic as potential beneficiaries.

After reviewing this year’s applicants, the Redbud Classic Board of Directors selected Peppers Ranch, a local foster care community.

According to the release, Peppers Ranch strives to become a home to as many children as possible who, through no fault of their own, have been the victim of abuse and neglect.

It also supports foster parents in their mission of care, provides services to children in need and develops a plan for building hope for a successful future.

Currently, 13 homes are positioned on 280 acres with 12 more planned over the next four years.

Staff and volunteers from Peppers Ranch will be involved on race days by volunteering.

Annually, 5,000 athletes participate in the Redbud events, not including the nearly 800 children who run in the free one-mile children’s run.

“We are so honored to be Redbud’s beneficiary this year,” said Tonya Ratcliff, Peppers Ranch executive director. “Peppers Ranch is changing the face of Oklahoma Foster Care, and it takes time, money and talent to make our mission possible. Our fight for the greater good will not cease until every Oklahoma child has a safe place to call home and a family equipped with love and resources to care for them! The finish line at Redbud is where hope begins for the foster care system, and it’s a race we are privileged to run!

According to the release, the Redbud events continue past the finish line.

The second annual REDBUD BASH will be held Sunday, April 10 at 1 p.m. in the finish area of Nichols Hills Plaza.

There will be a variety of food from some of Oklahoma’s premier food trucks, beverages from COOP Ale Works and other sponsors, free family-friendly games and activities, as well as live entertainment.

Registration is available online, in person or by mail.

Online registration grows every year and is the easiest way to register.

By registering early and online, participants are more likely to receive their choice of t-shirt size as well as a timing tag.

Until April 4, early-bird registration fees are $30 for the run/walk events and $35 for the cycling tours or $55 for both events.

The registration office, located on the north side of Nichols Hills Plaza, officially opens April 4 and will remain open until April 9.

The office is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily.

Participants who register online or by mail can pick up race packets at the registration office during these hours.

Click here for complete event details including start times, course maps and registration information.