Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Memorial Marathon teams with Tulsa race to award special medal
The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was supposed to be less than three weeks away.
When the coronavirus pandemic caused the race to be postponed until Oct. 4, it gave some runners pause. The Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa is the other major marathon in the state, and it is set for Nov. 22.
For distance runners, doing two long races in less than two months can be difficult -- but the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum made an announcement Thursday to sweeten the deal for runners.
The Memorial Marathon and Route 66 Marathon have teamed up to create an Oklahoma Standard medal. Runners who complete either the full or the half marathon in both events will receive the medal in addition to the medals given out by the individual races.
The medal is oval shaped with "OKLAHOMA STANDARD" on one side and the logos of both races on the other. It hangs from a ribbon that is green on one side, the main color of the Memorial Marathon, and blue on the other side, the main color of the Route 66 Marathon. The underside of the ribbon has 2020 and Oklahoma Standard on it.
"This beautiful medal represents an accomplishment of completing two marathons," Memorial Marathon operations director Jordan Ward said in a statement, "but more importantly, it represents the values of the Oklahoma Standard, a love for Oklahoma and an appreciation for our two great cities."
Destiny Green, Route 66 Marathon executive director, added, "For nearly 25 years, Oklahomans have demonstrated that we come together in times of tragedy to lift each other up and strengthen our community, and the COVID-19 crisis is no different. We want to give Oklahomans another reason to come together and celebrate our strength and spirit by participating in our state's major marathons as one team -- Team Oklahoma."