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OKC Memorial Marathon: Where can I train?


Getting ready to run an event, no matter the distance, can be a challenge.

How do you stay motivated? How do you get in the miles that you need? How do you work on keeping a good pace? And on your longer runs, how do you stay hydrated?

Well, in the Oklahoma City area, there are several groups dedicated to helping you answer those questions and reach your goals.

Red Coyote, the Oklahoma City Landrunenrs and RunHers are three groups that do training runs. With the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon coming up in April, those groups are all focused on getting runners ready for the big event. (And remember, the Memorial Marathon has races from 5K to full marathon, so there’s a distance for everyone.)

Each of the groups do their training runs a bit differently. Some have pace runners, others don’t. Some have water stops every two miles, others are every three miles. Some vary the area where they run, others stay the same.

But here’s what that means for you — there’s a group that’s right for everyone.

So, as I prepare to run the half marathon at the Memorial Marathon, I will be trying different training runs. I’ve already been to one of the RunHers training runs, and it was great. There was water on the route, which was great, but the best part was being in a group of runners who were also trying to reach a goal. It was extremely empowering.

Do you want to get involved in a training group?

We’ve put together a calendar with some options, so if you want to give it a look, click here:

A couple things:

* Red Coyote also has a training program for the marathon and half marathon, but because those programs began in early January, contact the store at 405.840.0033 or go to for information about how you might get involved.

* I know there are other groups out there doing training runs in the OKC area. If you want to have your group included on our calendar, please email I’d love to include any and all options.

Happy running!


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Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›