We're just days away from the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and it's time to start solidifying your weekend plans. So whether you're a runner or spectator, here's your go-to, insider's guide to marathon weekend in Oklahoma City!

 

Kick-Start Your Marathon Weekend

Start your marathon weekend with the two-day, open to the public Health & Fitness Expo at the Cox Convention Center. The Expo features a wide variety of products and services geared towards health-minded consumers and is the only place where marathon participants can pick up their race-day packets, so don't forget to attend!

The Expo is held Friday, April 28, 11am - 7pm and Saturday, April 29, 9am - 6pm.

 

Fueling Up Around OKC

Stella

Eating the perfect meal before a race is crucial. And when it comes to carbo-loading before the big race, OKC has no shortage of options for you to choose from. Here's a few of our local favorites:

Joey's Pizzeria - This Film Row staple specializes in serving up delicious personal pizzas and sandwiches you're sure to enjoy

Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria - Comfortable, casual and cozy with a menu jam-packed with fresh, delicious options. Whatever you order, Gabriella's won't disappoint

Rococo Restaurant - Rococo's brings a little East Coast flair to OKC with some of the best seafood and pasta combos around

Empire Slice House - This Plaza District favorite serves up big New York style pizzas by the slice (or whole pizzas for the more adventurous)   

Knuck's Wheelhouse - Grab a slice at this Bricktown favorite! Knuck's unique (and oh, so delicious) pizzas are sure to delight even the pickiest of pizza connoisseurs

Stella Modern Italian Cuisine - This Midtown restaurant gives a true fine-dining experience as well as some highly recommended pasta dishes and oak fire pizzas

Sauced on Paseo - As unique as the Paseo District itself, Sauced on Paseo serves up an assortment of mouth-watering pizzas, sandwiches and appetizers

Pizzeria Gusto - Pizzeria Gusto offers delicious Neapolitan pizza and a variety of small plates and appetizers. And if you're on the hunt for authenticity, Pizzeria Gusto imports their ingredients from Italy!

PortFino's Italian Restaurant - A great assortment of pasta dishes, sandwiches and pizzas

Bellini's Ristorante & Grill - Bellini's not only offers delicious, Mediterranean-inspired dishes, they also have a great patio with a view

 

Best Marathon Watch Spots

You don't have to be a participant to enjoy the marathon! Not only do the runners appreciate the support of the crowd, but following along with the race is the perfect way to explore the city. Enjoy the energy of the marathon as you cheer on the runners at these top spots. 

The Starting Line - There's nothing quite like the capturing the anticipation of thousands of runners eagerly awaiting the starting gun! If you plan on cheering on the marathon runners, you can't miss the starting line

Bricktown (Mile 1-2) - The runners are still settling in and the race hasn't begun to string out yet, so the effect of seeing thousands of runners is still a stunning view

State Capitol Complex (Mile 3) - The Oklahoma State Capitol is a beautiful setting and the ease of access make this a perfect place to view the early stages of the race

Sparrow Park / Edgemere Park (Mile 5-6) - There is plenty of room to view the runners wind through historic neighborhoods from the east side of the park

Crown Heights / Gorilla Hill / Irish Alley (Mile 6-7) - just beyond the 1st relay hand-off and on to where the Half Marathon turns around at Bishop McGuinness High School. Cheer on the marathon runners as they get settled into the race

Nichols Hills / Waverly Ave (Mile 11) - From here, the runners are well spread out and easy to view. Be sure to give them a good shout-out when you see them!

Nichols Hills / Grand Blvd (Mile 19-20) - Park at Nichols Hills Plaza or at 63rd and Grand to easily get downtown to watch the finish

Classen Blvd (Mile 20-21) - This long stretch on Classen includes the crucial mile points in the race where runners need support. Get loud and cheer them on!

18th and Classen (Mile 23-24) - Just before the course turns east towards Broadway, the runners will pass thorough historic Mesta Park and Heritage Hills

The Finish - See the mass of people on the straightaway, finishing to the cheers of enthusiastic crowds

 

Race Week Activities

Art Festival

In addition to the must-see attractions, there's always something fun happening in OKC. So whether you're just here for the weekend or you plan on coming a little early, here are some of the highlights of things to enjoy around our city the week of the big race.

All Weekend

Festival of the Arts

2017 Better Barrel Racing World Finals

Sunday, April 23

A Midsummer Night's Dream presented by the Oklahoma City Ballet

OKC Dodgers vs. Memphis Redbirds

2017 Oklahoma Centennial Horse Show

Extreme Racing at Remington Park

Tuesday, April 25

OKC Dodgers vs. Memphis Redbirds

Soundbites lunchtime concert series at Kerr Park

Diamond Ballroom Presents Tech N9NE

2017 Wheeler Criterium

Thursday, April 27

Art After 5 at the OKCMOA

Lil Wayne in concert at the Criterion

Friday, April 28

Toddrick Hall Presents "Straight Outta Oz" at the Civic Center

Saturday, April 29

The Criterion presents Explosions in the Sky

Frontier City presents For King & Country

Walking Tour at the Myriad Botanical Gardens

Sunday, April 30

Alton Brown Live at the Civic Center

 

Good luck to all marathon participants! We'll be cheering you on!