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Runs for Fun and Philanthropy



Redbud Classic

After a winter of bitter winds, brutal cold and overall blahs, something about the spring air makes us want to step outside and stretch our legs.
And if you share the mindset that the only thing better than getting some exercise for its own sake is doing it for a good cause, the OKC metro is just the place for you: from world-class long-range competition to shorter, more whimsical jaunts, the coming month is laden with events to benefit others and get your blood pumping.


Redbud Classic

The Skinny: Saturday-Sunday, April 5-6
Waterford Complex, NW 63rd St and Penn Ave, redbud.org
 
The Beneficiary: The Anna’s House Foundation, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing immediate, stable and loving homes for Oklahoma County’s youngest children in state custody. That’s accomplished through a personally connected network of support for families caring for children in foster care and resources for the unique needs those children share.

The Details: The 32nd annual version of the event that aims to combine “fitness, fun and philanthropy” offers options aplenty for potential competitors: 5k and 10k runs, a 5k wheelchair race, cycling tours of 10, 33 and 50 miles and even a non-competitive 2-mile walk-slash-baby stroller derby and a 1-mile run just for kids. The atmosphere is one of communal conviviality however close the competition gets, and the two-day slate of events normally draws around 6,500 entrants – not counting the 800 or so kids participating in their own free run.

2 Minute 5K

The Skinny: Saturday, April 12
Stars and Stripes Park, Lake Hefner, 951.3333, ywcaokc.org
 

The Beneficiary: The YWCA of Oklahoma City, the central Oklahoma chapter of the worldwide organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and providing help and hope to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Details: Two minutes isn’t the time limit for the race (you don’t have to be The Flash to have a shot at finishing) – it’s the interval between sexual assaults across the United States. Funds raised through pledges and participation in this adult 5k and the accompanying Kiddie K will help bolster local victim assistance programs and strengthen the YWCA’s efforts to reduce the occurrence of these atrocities … as fast as they can.

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

The Skinny: Sunday, April 27
Downtown OKC, NW 5th St & Harvey Ave, okcmarathon.com

The Beneficiary: The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum – which is private and non-profit, and receives no government funds for operation, so this event and the more than five million dollars it has raised for the museum to date remain instrumental in maintaining this symbol of hope and resilience. Recovery after the 1995 bombing was a marathon in its own right, and today’s runners and donors are the driving force in making sure this story is told forever.

The Details: It’s known as the “Run to Remember,” a name that applies both to the tragic loss of life from the Oklahoma City bombing and the positive experience associated with participation in the race itself. Runner’s World has called it one of the 12 “must-run” marathons anywhere, and 25,000 racers from every state and countries all over the world – buoyed by an incredible outpouring of support from the Oklahoma City community – compete in a full or half marathon, relay, 5k or kids’ marathon to remember those lost and celebrate the triumph of the human spirit.

Walk MS Oklahoma City

The Skinny: Saturday, May 3
Wild Horse Park, 1201 N Mustang Rd 488.1300, nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/OKE

The Beneficiary: The Oklahoma chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, dedicated to mobilizing support on behalf of those affected by the disease that keeps people from moving – including education, advocacy, assistance programs and ongoing research to continue the search for a cure.

The Details: It’s not really a race per se, and a more accurate name would be Walk MS OKC Metro, as this year’s event ventures a bit outside the capital city itself into the beauty of Mustang. First and foremost a fundraiser in which individuals or teams set goals and collect donations and pledges, there’s still plenty of room for enjoyment at the event itself. Don’t forget to visit the vendor expo.

OKC Hungryman

OKC Hungryman

The Skinny: Saturday, May 17
Midtown OKC, 20 NW 9th St., 236.0452, okchungryman.com

The Beneficiary: The nonprofit Neighborhood Services Organization, which provides housing and health services to homeless and low-income OKC citizens. Last year the NSO supplied rental assistance, reduced-cost dental care and transitional housing for over 72,000 people.

The Details: This 4-person 10k relay comes with a heck of a hook: before taking off on his or her mile-and-a-bit race through the streets of downtown OKC, each entrant must chow down on a sample of tastiness from local restaurants. In everyday life it’s rude to eat and run; here it’s the only way to win. If you’re honestly not that peckish, there’s also a 5k this year that doesn’t require eating anything. You should still probably wear a costume, though. Because why not?

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January 2018

Dr. Nathan Brown, former Oklahoma Poet Laureate (2013-14), has been keeping journals since he was 12 years old, and they're the basis for this new exhibit at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center...

Cost: $6 adults (see website for all prices)

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
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Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni
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The urban soul sounds of BORN IN NOVEMBER will capture and hold you. With influences from Stevie Wonder and Ray C. Cooke, this talented duo perform R&B with a style all their own. Enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
NOIR Bistro & Bar
701 West Sheridan Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: NOIR Bistro & Bar
Telephone: 405.208.4233
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Commemorating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of art created by or about...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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Dr. Nathan Brown, former Oklahoma Poet Laureate (2013-14), has been keeping journals since he was 12 years old, and they're the basis for this new exhibit at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center...

Cost: $6 adults (see website for all prices)

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni
Website »

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Dr. Nathan Brown, former Oklahoma Poet Laureate (2013-14), has been keeping journals since he was 12 years old, and they're the basis for this new exhibit at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center...

Cost: $6 adults (see website for all prices)

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni
Website »

More information

Commemorating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of art created by or about...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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Dr. Nathan Brown, former Oklahoma Poet Laureate (2013-14), has been keeping journals since he was 12 years old, and they're the basis for this new exhibit at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center...

Cost: $6 adults (see website for all prices)

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni
Website »

More information

Commemorating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of art created by or about...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

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Dr. Nathan Brown, former Oklahoma Poet Laureate (2013-14), has been keeping journals since he was 12 years old, and they're the basis for this new exhibit at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center...

Cost: $6 adults (see website for all prices)

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni
Website »

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Featuring CNN's John Sutter, recently nominated for the Emmy Award for his special series "2 Degrees." 6:00 PM Reception 7:00 PM Dinner and Program 

Cost: $50

Where:
The Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City , OK  73105
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Sponsor: The Kirbas Institute
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Commemorating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of art created by or about...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

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Dr. Nathan Brown, former Oklahoma Poet Laureate (2013-14), has been keeping journals since he was 12 years old, and they're the basis for this new exhibit at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center...

Cost: $6 adults (see website for all prices)

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni
Website »

More information

Oklahoma City's premier platform for improvised comedy theatre features weekly performances with shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Enjoy buy one get one ticket prices with your...

Cost: $10, or see both shows nightly for $15

Where:
The Paramount Theatre OKC
11 North Lee Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: OKC Improv
Telephone: 405-456-9858
Website »

More information

Commemorating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of art created by or about...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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Dr. Nathan Brown, former Oklahoma Poet Laureate (2013-14), has been keeping journals since he was 12 years old, and they're the basis for this new exhibit at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center...

Cost: $6 adults (see website for all prices)

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni
Website »

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Repticon Oklahoma City​ is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise, as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for...

Cost: Adults $10, Children (5-12) $5, Under 5 Free

Where:
State Fair Park – Hobbies, Arts and Crafts Building
3100 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Expos
Telephone: 863.268.4273
Contact Name: Repticon Staff
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Join us for a night of wine and beer tasting, auction and fun in the heart of the Boathouse District benefiting the OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Rowing program.   Wines provided by Boardwalk...

Cost: $75

Where:
Devon Boathouse
725 S. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK  73129
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Sponsor: OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Crew
Telephone: 405.552.4040 x4216
Contact Name: Luke Reynolds
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Oklahoma City's premier platform for improvised comedy theatre features weekly performances with shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Enjoy buy one get one ticket prices with your...

Cost: $10, or see both shows nightly for $15

Where:
The Paramount Theatre OKC
11 North Lee Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Sponsor: OKC Improv
Telephone: 405-456-9858
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A blend of blues, rock, soul and reggae, OKC's Derek Harris plays a mixed set of original songs and cover tunes from Bob Marley to Jimmy Hendrix. Enjoy dinner and craft cocktails from 5p to...

Cost: Free

Where:
NOIR Bistro & Bar
701 West Sheridan Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: NOIR Bistro & Bar
Telephone: 405.208.4233
Website »

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Commemorating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of art created by or about...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

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