What better way to raise money for Oklahoma City’s chosen beneficiary than to lace up your shoes and
get active. Last year’s race was canceled due to the pandemic, so the Redbud Foundation is happier than
ever to start fresh with a weekend-long arrangement of activities.
Starting Saturday, September 11, a choice of bike tours — 10, 30, and 40 miles — will be available for
families and individuals. There is also a One-Mile Kids’ Fun Run and two inaugural events to ring in the
festivities. Immediately following the Fun Run, Redbud’s newest event, the One-Mile Woof Walk, will
feature a parade of adorable pets. To make the dogs (and their owners, of course) feel extra special, a
medal and bandana will be offered to each furry friend. Furthermore, as if there weren’t enough fitness
options, the 50-Mile Fondo will also be taking place on the 11th.
The excitement continues on Sunday, the 12th, as those with a competitive streak can race in the timed 5k
and 10k. There is also a 5k Wheelchair Event, and for those who want a mixture of chill and adventure,
take part in the Two-Mile Walk and the Two-Mile Baby Stroller Derby. After crossing all finish lines at
Nichols Hills Plaza, the Redbud Bash will be held at 12 p.m., where food trucks, music, family-friendly
games, and beverages from COOP Ale Works will be provided.
The Oklahoma City Police Athletic League is the designated recipient for this year’s Redbud Classic. The
non-profit organization has a goal to “create a safe place for kids to participate in sports and leadership
and to strengthen the relationship between police officers and youth.” Since the race began in 1983, more
than $900,000 has been raised for Oklahoma-based nonprofits.
In response to being 2021’s Redbud Classic recipient, OKC PAL Executive Director Mark Eby said, “The
Oklahoma City Police Athletic League has worked to create an environment where kids are taught the
importance of teamwork, leadership, and pursuing an active lifestyle, and we appreciate the opportunity
Redbud has given us to share our message.” To register for tickets and find more information about the
races, visit redbud.org.