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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

OKC Memorial Marathon

Each year since 2001, thousands of runners have gathered in downtown Oklahoma City to take part in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The “Run to Remember,” which begins and ends near the OKC National Memorial, has grown since its inception, now drawing more than 25,000 runners from across the U.S. as well as Japan, China, Germany and the UK. The event has even been labeled one of the "12 Must Run Marathons" by Runner's World magazine.

From the 168 seconds of silence before the race begins to the green banners carefully hung throughout the course, which pays tribute to the victims, the race is certainly not one to miss. It is a reminder of the hope, perseverance and pride in our community that grows stronger each day.

Get involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 29, whether you want to support a runner, volunteer or run races of several different lengths – a full or half marathon, a relay, a 5k and even a kids marathon completed with a 1.2-mile kids fun run -- as part of the day’s festivities. The full marathon is a Boston-qualifying, USA Track and Field (USATF)-sanctioned event.

Register to run or sign up to donate or form a team to raise money for the Memorial’s mission. A separate web page is for those who want to volunteer.

If you would like to cheer on the runners, some of our favorite places include:

  • Starting line
  • Bricktown
  • State Capitol Complex
  • Edgemere Park
  • Crown Heights
  • Nichols Hills
  • Classen Boulevard
  • 18th and Classen
  • Finish line

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is the sole beneficiary of Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon event proceeds. This is the Memorial’s largest fundraiser. To learn more about the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, click here.

museums, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Land of a lot of lakes

Lake Hefner

Oklahoma City is one of the premier places for water sports in the country. There are more than 30 lakes within an hour’s drive of OKC. In fact, Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any state in the Union and more shoreline than the east and Gulf coasts combined. With so many lakes in Oklahoma it would take weeks to cover all you can do, so let’s just focus on what to do within OKC’s city limits.

  • Lake Hefner: features 2,500 surface acres, heated fishing docks, boat ramps, 9.1 miles of biking and jogging trails and is famous for sailboats and windsurfers. Hefner is also home to the Oklahoma City Boat Club.
  • Lake Draper: features 2,900 surface acres, four covered fishing piers, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, jet skiing, boating and sailing are all permitted. Skiing is allowed in open waters.
  • Lake Overholser: features 1,500 surface acres, covered fishing pier, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, sailing, boating and jet skiing are permitted. Lake Overholser is also attached to the wondrous Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.
  • Arcadia Lake: features 1,820 surface acres, picnicking, camping, swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, disc golf and an equestrian trail. A heated, covered dock is provided for year-round fishing.
cycling, equine, family-friendly, fishing, outdoor recreation, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

MAPS 3 projects are making progress

MAPS3 Streetcar delivery

If you have been around Oklahoma City for long, chances are you have heard about the Metropolitan Area Projects and how they have transformed Oklahoma City into the vibrant hub that it is today (we confess that it is one of our favorite topics). Right now, construction is underway on several of the eight MAPS 3 projects that voters approved in 2009. Read on for an update on the progress that is moving Oklahoma City forward.

MAPS 3 Trails
Because of MAPS 3, Oklahoma City is becoming better connected and healthier through the addition of three trails to the Oklahoma City trails system. The MAPS 3’s Will Rogers Trail opened in March and it connects Lake Hefner with the Oklahoma River – that’s 8.1 miles added to the trail system, and all but two blocks are protected for pedestrians and cyclists.

Also in March, city officials broke ground on the MAPS 3 Lake Draper Trail, which circles Lake Stanley Draper with a 13-mile path. The $12.6 million trail is expected to be completed this fall. The Lake Draper and Will Rogers trails join the 7.5-mile West River Trail, which was completed in 2015, in connecting thousands of residents, workers, shoppers and visitors to the growing Oklahoma City trails system.

Oklahoma City Streetcar
Have you noticed all the construction in downtown Oklahoma City? While it may be inconvenient now, those growing pains are leading to the completion of the MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Streetcar, the future of public transit in Oklahoma City. The first streetcar was delivered to Oklahoma City in February and testing has already begun on the completed rails. Want to see the streetcar for yourself? The public is invited to the MAPS 3 OKC Streetcar open house on March 30. The first 300 people get a free streetcar t-shirt at the event, which runs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the OKC Streetcar Storage and Maintenance Facility at Southwest Seventh Street and Hudson Avenue.

Oklahoma City Convention Center
Conventions and events are big business in Oklahoma City. In fact, the hospitality industry is the third-largest in our region – and it’s growing. A big part of that growth is the MAPS 3 Downtown Oklahoma City Convention Center, which will replace the aging Cox Convention Center.

The new convention center and its adjacent headquarters hotel will allow Oklahoma City to compete for 80 percent or more of the events held in the United States, further developing the region’s hospitality industry. The $277 million center, which is projected to open in 2020, will feature nearly 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 30,000-square-foot ballroom and 45,000 square feet of additional meeting space. Oklahoma City Council has approved designs and opened the bidding process for construction is open, with the groundbreaking scheduled for later this year.

Can’t get enough of the debt-free public projects that are transforming Oklahoma City? Sign up for the MAPS 3 newsletter

cycling, MAPS, outdoor recreation, public transportation, running, streetcar
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Will Rogers Trail

Will Rogers Trail Grand Opening

Over the past decade, Oklahoma City has invested heavily in its trails system in an effort to remake the city and promote more healthy living.

Oklahoma City’s first neighborhood trail opened in March as civic leaders cut the ribbon on the  MAPS 3’s Will Rogers Trail. As the second of three trails funded by MAPS 3, Will Rogers Trail connects Lake Hefner with the Oklahoma River. The final of three MAPS 3-funded trails, at Lake Stanley Draper, broke ground this month.

Outside of the newest additions to the trail system, Oklahoma City has many options throughout the metro that residents can choose from when looking for a nice exercise trail. The trail system of OKC currently has 10 intertwined trails stretching across the majority of the city. These trails include the Bert Cooper Trails, Earlywine Trail, Hefner-Overholser Trail, Katy Trail, Lightning Creek Trail, Overholser Trail, South Grand Trail, Tinker-Draper Trail and the West River Trail. Recreational activities abound around each of these trails, so the options are endless. The Bert Cooper Trails are located along Lake Hefner with easy access to the restaurants along the East Wharf, fishing docks, Stars & Stripes Park and the Lake Hefner Golf Course. The Overholser Trail is another trail with fun amenities including kayak and canoe rentals, a café, and even zip lines. If you are feeling really adventurous and sporty we recommend the Oklahoma River Trails. You can run and bike along the river and stop at OKC’s famed Boathouse District and grab a canoe or kayak. No matter your interests, Oklahoma City’s expanding trail system will give you a way to enjoy the great outdoors.

cycling, MAPS, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Decembering up downtown

Devon Ice Rink

The calendar is about to change from November to December which means one thing…. Downtown in December! If you are new to our fair city, you might be wondering what exactly is Downtown in December. Basically, downtown Oklahoma City turns into a winter wonderland of holiday cheer.

The very best thing about Downtown in December is most of the activities and events are free. Here are some of our favorite events, but be sure to check out their website for more.

  • Devon Ice Rink
    The ice rink is open at Myriad Botanical Gardens and is ready for you and your friends, family and/or honey lambs to make some memories whilst making lazy circles in the ice and doing your best to stay level and off your backside. Click here for schedule and prices.
  • SandRidge Santa Run
    Run a 5K with various Santas, elves, reindeer and other assorted Christmasy characters as you work off some of that cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole (either in or out of a costume). It’s an all-ages event, with a Kid’s Dash and 1-mile Fun Run part of the festivities as well. Saturday, Dec. 9 is the day and activities begin at 8:45 a.m. at SandRidge Energy, 123 Robert S. Kerr. Get more info here.
  • Devon’s Saturdays with Santa
    Each Saturday in December the world famous Santa Claus will be at the Devon Energy Center to hear want toys your kids want under the tree. Learn more here.
downtown, family-friendly, festivals, holiday, kids, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Better Life: health

Family exercising on trails

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, Oklahoma City is putting its money where its mouth is by investing in world-class health amenities. Recent investments in trails, bike lanes and the Oklahoma River have made OKC an outdoor lover’s dream. Oklahoma City is home to a wide variety of active living experiences, ranging from 140 miles of walking, running, bicycling, and skating trails to 26,000 square feet of terrain for skateboarding, in-line skating and BMX freestyle biking and even whitewater rafting and kayaking.

To learn more about active living opportunities and health care options in Oklahoma City, check out the Health section of www.abetterlifeokc.com.

cycling, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A better life: health

Family exercising

While we are all about to gorge on the sweet, sweet Halloween candy, it is important we think about our health for a second. We know health is one of the most crucial aspects of relocating to a new city. Whether it is healthy living through outdoor activities or outstanding medical care, having options when it comes to the lifestyle you want is extremely important when picking a new hometown.

During the past decade, Oklahoma City has made huge investments in walking/biking trails, sidewalks, watersports and just about any matter of outdoor activity you can think of. The metro is also home to some of the most prestigious medical care facilities in our part of the country. For more on health in Oklahoma City, visit www.abetterlifeokc.com/health.

community, cycling, outdoor recreation, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Rollin’ on the river

In addition to hosting the Regatta annually, the Oklahoma City Boathouse District serves as a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site year-round. But it is also a place for a ton of family fun and adventure.

The newest addition to the river is RIVERSPORT Rapids, a MAPS 3-funded whitewater center that offers rafting, kayaking and tubing. The center opened in May 2016 and hosted the Olympic trials for canoe/kayak slalom that year. For tamer entertainment, rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for the day or test your skills on the climbing walls.

But if watersports aren’t your style, you can also take your adventurous spirit to new heights with the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! Both the 700-feet zip line across the Oklahoma River and the 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail will make you feel like a kid again. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly anyone who appreciates the great outdoors will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River. No matter your activity level, the Oklahoma River and the Boathouse District are sure to have something for you to enjoy.

Boathouse District, cycling, family-friendly, kids, MAPS, outdoor recreation, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The sporting life

You don’t have to live in Oklahoma City long to realize people here love their sports. Be it Thunder, Cowboys, Sooners, Energy, Dodgers or anything in between the people here are fanatic about their favorite teams. The Sporting Life section of our website gives you a great snapshot of athletics in the 4-0-5. Team sports not your bag? We (really Oklahoma City) have you covered. On the page you can also find info on golf courses, lakes, the Oklahoma River, running, cycling and more. Do you see something we missed? Be sure to let us know and we will get it added.

Thunder, water sports, cycling, Dodgers, football, golf, live sporting events, OKC Energy, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Great lakes

Lake Hefner Lighthouse

Oklahoma City is one of the premier places for water sports in the country. There are more than 30 lakes within an hour’s drive of OKC. In fact, Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any state in the Union and more shoreline than the east and Gulf coasts combined. With so many lakes in Oklahoma it would take weeks to cover all you can do, so let’s just focus on what to do within OKC’s city limits.

  • Lake Hefner: features 2,500 surface acres, heated fishing docks, boat ramps, 9.1 miles of biking and jogging trails and is famous for sailboats and windsurfers. Hefner is also home to the Oklahoma City Boat Club.
  • Lake Draper: features 2,900 surface acres, four covered fishing piers, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, jet skiing, boating and sailing are all permitted. Skiing is allowed in open waters.
  • Lake Overholser: features 1,500 surface acres, covered fishing pier, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, sailing, boating and jet skiing are permitted. Lake Overholser is also attached to the wondrous Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.
  • Arcadia Lake: features 1,820 surface acres, picnicking, camping, swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, disc golf and an equestrian trail. A heated, covered dock is provided for year-round fishing.
camping, cycling, equine, fishing, Lake Hefner, outdoor recreation, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Trails for days

Family Biking

Whether you run, bike or hike, Oklahoma City has many options throughout the metro that residents can choose from when looking for a nice exercise trail. The trail system of OKC currently has 10 intertwined trails stretching across the majority of the city. These trails include the Bert Cooper Trails, Earlywine Trail, Hefner-Overholser Trail, Katy Trail, Lightning Creek Trail, Oklahoma River Trails, Overholser Trail, South Grand Trail, Tinker-Draper Trail and the West River Trail. Recreational activities abound within each of these trails, so the options are endless. The Bert Cooper Trails are located along Lake Hefner with easy access to the restaurants along the East Wharf, fishing docks, Stars & Stripes Park and the Lake Hefner Golf Course. The Overholser Trail is another trail with fun amenities including kayak and canoe rentals, a café, and even zip lines. No matter your interests, Oklahoma City’s expanding trail system will give you a way to enjoy the great outdoors.

cycling, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Run to Remember

OKC Memorial Marathon

Each year since 2001, thousands of runners have gathered in downtown Oklahoma City to take part in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The “Run to Remember” which begins and ends near the OKC National Memorial has grown since its’ inception, now drawing more than 25,000 runners from across the U.S. as well as Japan, China, Germany and the UK. The event has even been labeled "12 Must Run Marathons" by Runner's World magazine.

From the 168 seconds of silence before the race begins to the green banners carefully hung throughout the course which pays tribute to the victims, the race is certainly not one to miss. It is a reminder of the hope, perseverance and pride in our community that grows stronger each day.

Get involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 30, whether you want to support a runner, volunteer or run races of several different lengths – a full or half marathon, a relay, a 5k and even a kids marathon completed with a 1.2-mile kids’ fun run as part of the day’s festivities. The full marathon is a Boston-qualifying, USA Track and Field (USATF)-sanctioned event.

Register to run or sign up to donate or form a team to raise money for the Memorial’s mission. A separate web page is for those who want to volunteer.

If you would like to cheer on the runners, some of our favorite places include:

  • Starting line 
  • Bricktown 
  • State Capitol Complex 
  • Edgemere Park 
  • Crown Heights
  • Nichols Hills 
  • Classen Boulevard 
  • Finish line

A new addition to the race is the Standard Stretch. At 23rd and Classen, runners will through the 9:03 gate. For watchers there will be food trucks, sign-making stations, games and more.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is the sole beneficiary of Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon event proceeds. This is the Memorial’s largest fundraiser. To learn more about the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, click here.

museums, OKC National Memorial, running, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

HefnerFest

Lake Hefner Lighthouse

Beautiful sunsets, a 10-mile trail and iconic lighthouse in the middle of the state make Lake Hefner a must see travel destination for visitors and residents alike. Instead of simply driving by this iconic lake again on Lake Hefner Parkway, why not stop by for a fun-filled day?

Hefner Fest is a free event for people of all ages taking place April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience all that Lake Hefner has to offer with free sailing experiences, stand up paddle board rentals, kayak rentals, tailgate games and so much more. Hefner Fest will also feature live music, food trucks and a beer garden.

Most people see Lake Hefner as a great place to take a stroll or ride your bike but Lake Hefner also offers all kinds of water sports fun. In fact, plans were just released to enhance the historic Lake Hefner Boathouse to help increase the amount of activity on the lake.

After the event, take a stroll along the 10 mile trail that surrounds the lake or stop by one of the many restaurants along Lake Hefner’s waterfront to enjoy a beautiful sunset that only Lake Hefner can provide. Lake Hefner is more than just that pretty lake next to the highway, so be sure to stop by and experience all that it has to offer. 

beer, cycling, food, Lake Hefner, live music, restaurants, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick\'s Day Celebration

Remember in elementary school when St. Patrick’s Day was that holiday where you would pinch people if they didn’t wear green? Well, it’s a lot more than that in OKC (although, the pinching is still very important, too).

Join in on the St. Patrick’s Day fun by heading to the Myriad Gardens on March 17 to learn about Irish heritage with music and fun crafts for kids. Or, head to Bricktown for the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party, where you can enjoy live music, great food and even a few surprises.

Feel like going to Midtown instead? Then head to McNellie’s for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Party for food, drinks and music. If you want to make a difference this St. Patrick’s Day, consider participating in the 7th Annual Run Lucky 5k on March 12. All proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Bricktown, holiday, live music, Midtown, Myriad Botanical Gardens, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Making a mark on aviation history

While the Wright brothers may not have hailed from Oklahoma, plenty of other aviation pioneers did, allowing our state to leave an indelible mark on the industry’s history. Aviation pioneers Clyde Cessna, Will Rogers, Shannon Lucid, Wiley Post, and John “Lee” Atwood all contributed to the craft of aviation while living in Oklahoma, with Will Rogers and Wiley Post both calling Oklahoma “home” for the majority of their lives.

Post first made headlines in 1931 when he and his navigator broke the record by flying around the world in just eight days (hey, it was 1931). This accomplishment made Post a national celebrity (on par with Charles Lindbergh). In 1933, he became the first person to fly solo around the world. For most people, that would be enough accomplishment for a lifetime, but not for Mr. Post. He also developed one of the first pressure suits and discovered the jet stream.

Another Oklahoma aviation and military pioneer is Major Gen. Clarence Tinker, who was born in Osage Nation near Pawhuska, Okla., in 1887. He began his distinguished military service in 1912, when he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. During World War I, he rose in rank to major, and in 1919 he was transferred to the place where he would spend the bulk of his career, the Air Corps.

After rising through the ranks, he was named Commander of the Seventh Air Force in Hawaii after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. In 1942, Tinker was promoted to major general, becoming the first Native American to reach that rank and the highest-ranking officer with Native American ancestry in the U.S. Army at that time. Tinker demonstrated the hands-on, get-things-done nature of Oklahomans when he personally led a force of B-24s against the retreating Japanese naval forces during the Battle of Midway on June 7.

During that battle, Tinker became the first American general killed during World War II, but his legacy was commemorated in a lasting way a few months later when the Oklahoma City Air Depot was named Tinker Field in his honor. That air depot served its country faithfully during World War II and is still serving faithfully today as Tinker Air Force Base and the Air Force Sustainment Center.

This year is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Tinker Air Force Base and the impact it has on our community. The base turns 75 this year and will host events all year long to celebrate including a half marathon and air show. Check out a list of events to get involved. 

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aviation, festivals, history, running, Tinker
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Race for the Prize

5K Run

Before putting on your dancing shoes, kick off the evening (or that 2017 resolution) a little early with Opening Night 5k. Just think, you can squeeze in one last run in 2016 and make a big difference in our arts community at the same time. 

The run starts at 4 p.m. just east of Bicentennial Park downtown (where the Opening Night Finale takes place). This isn’t your normal race though. Don your best costume of neon and glitter or dig out your superhero cape because the most festively dressed wins an original piece of art. The best part? Every participant gets an Opening Night wristband. That is what we in the fun business call a win-win.

outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

These are a few of our favorite Downtown in December events

Santa Run

Your friendly neighborhood TBL writers do love us some Downtown in December events, and not just ‘cause we happen to be downtown… in December (and the other 11 months of the year, for that matter, not only because we work here, but also because downtown is awesome. But we digress.) Anyway, here are some of our favs (but of course, don’t limit yourself to just these— there are heaps!).

Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival Presented by Sonic
Mayor Cornett teams up with Santa Claus himself to fire up your holiday spirits as well as the lights on the big Christmas tree. Head to the 3rd Base Plaza at the ballpark (2 S. Mickey Mantle Dr.) on Friday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. to enjoy live music, face painting, food trucks, conversations with Santa (maybe ask what he wants for a change?) and general merriment. More info: downtownindecember.com/bricktown-tree-lighting/

Snow Tubing Winter Festival at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
Get ready to snow tube your colorful woolen socks off starting Saturday, Nov. 26. In addition to two slides (big and little), other perks including Santa’s Workshop, a children’s train and plenty of holiday décor dictate that the Festival promises fun for all. Check hours and prices here: downtownindecember.com/snow-tubing-winter-festival/

Devon Ice Rink
The ice rink is open at Myriad Botanical Gardens and is ready for you and your friends, family and/or honey lambs to make some memories whilst making lazy circles in the ice  and doing your level best to stay level and off your backside. Check out downtownindecember.com/devon-ice-rink/ for schedule and prices.

SandRidge Santa Run / ego boost
A race with Santa? We’re betting you got this one in the bag. I mean, we’re not sure what kind of shape you’re in, but frankly, Santa just doesn’t look that fast. Anyway, run a 5K with various Santas, elves, reindeer and other assorted Christmasy characters as you work off some of that cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole (either in or out of a costume). It’s an all-ages event, with a Kid’s Dash and 1-mile Fun Run part of the festivities as well. Saturday, Dec. 10 is the day and activities begin at 8:45 at SandRidge Energy, 123 Robert S. Kerr. More info: downtownindecember.com/sandridge-santa-run/

Check out all the events at downtownindecember.com/.

downtown, family-friendly, festivals, holiday, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Happy trails to you

Whether you run, bike or hike, Oklahoma City has many options throughout the metro that residents can choose from when looking for a nice exercise trail. The trail system of OKC currently has 10 intertwined trails stretching across the majority of the city. These trails include the Bert Cooper Trails, Earlywine Trail, Hefner-Overholser Trail, Katy Trail, Lightning Creek Trail, Oklahoma River Trails, Overholser Trail, South Grand Trail, Tinker-Draper Trail and the West River Trail. Recreational activities are abounding within each of these trails so the options are endless. The Bert Cooper Trails are located along Lake Hefner with easy access to the restaurants along the East Wharf, fishing docks, Stars & Stripes Park and the Lake Hefner Golf Course. The Overholser Trail is another trail with fun amenities including kayak and canoe rentals, a café, and even zip lines. No matter your interests, Oklahoma City’s expanding trail system will give you a way to enjoy the great outdoors.

cycling, family-friendly, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Rollin’ on the West River Trail

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and explore your new hometown, and Oklahoma City’s extensive network of trails will help you do just that. Through MAPS 3, Oklahoma City’s current capital improvements program, the community will have invested more than $39 million in its trails by the end of 2017. MAPS 3-funded trails include the West River Trail, which opened in 2015. This outdoor trail, stretching 7.5 miles from Lake Overholser to the Oklahoma River Trail, provides residents a place to be outdoors and engage in bettering their health. With a scenic view winding through the trees along the river, the West River Trail offers you a little getaway the next time you are looking to get out and about.

Other MAPS 3-funded trails include the Will Rogers Trail (which will connect Lake Hefner to the Oklahoma River trails) and Lake Draper Trail. Both are scheduled to be complete by the end of next year.

cycling, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Run to Remember

Memorial Marathon sign

We run to remember the victims of April 19, 1995.
We run to honor the survivors and first responders.
We run to never forget.
And we run to ensure the future of the
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

Each year since 2001, thousands of runners have gathered in downtown Oklahoma City to take part in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The “Run to Remember” which begins and ends near the OKC National Memorial has grown since its’ inception, now drawing more than 25,000 runners from across the U.S. as well as Japan, China, Germany and the UK. The event has even been labeled "12 Must Run Marathons" by Runner's World magazine.

From the 168 seconds of silence before the race begins to the green banners carefully hung throughout the course which pays tribute to the victims, the race is certainly not one to miss. It is a reminder of the hope, perseverance and pride in our community that grows stronger each day.

Get involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 24, whether you want to support a runner, volunteer or run races of several different lengths – a full or half marathon, a relay, a 5k and even a kids marathon completed with a 1.2-mile kids’ fun run as part of the day’s festivities. The full marathon is a Boston-qualifying, USA Track and Field (USATF)-sanctioned event.

Register to runSign up to donate or form a team to raise money for the Memorial’s mission. A separate web page is for those who want to volunteer. Don’t miss the Health & Fitness Expo at the Cox Convention Center where you can pick up your race gear and other awesome swag!

If you would like to cheer on the runners, some of our favorite places include:

  • Starting line
  • Bricktown
  • State Capitol Complex
  • Edgemere Park
  • Crown Heights
  • Nichols Hills
  • Classen Boulevard
  • Finish line

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is the sole beneficiary of Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon event proceeds. This is the Memorial’s largest fundraiser. To learn more about the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, click here.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Something for everyone

Lake Hefner Trails

If you prefer drier modes of transportation, there’s plenty of other MAPS 3 projects coming that will keep you moving and exploring our great city. From trails that will connect lakes Hefner, Overholser and Draper and the Oklahoma River, to a modern street car system that will link Bricktown, Automobile Alley, Midtown and the Central Business District, the momentum in OKC is unstoppable.

And the truly fun thing, is we are just getting started. In the coming years, we’ll add a fabulous 70-acre park in the heart of downtown OKC connecting the Central Business District to the Oklahoma River. Other additions will include a state-of-the-art convention center and hotel to be built south of Chesapeake Energy Arena as well as a new Expo Center at State Fair Park.

It's easy to stay up-to-date on what's happening with MAPS 3. Sign up for the MAPS 3 newsletter to stay informed about upcoming community meetings, groundbreakings and other progress.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Downtown in December

Downtown in December Sandridge Santa Run

We know, we know … Winter doesn’t technically start for another month. The trees still have leaves but we can’t help but look ahead to one of our favorite times of the year in Oklahoma City. Nothing wrong with planning ahead right?

There’s no place like home for the holidays… isn’t that how the song goes?! At any rate, there’s no truer statement in Oklahoma City. Just because the temperatures are cooling off, doesn’t mean that the fun is slowing down.

Downtown in December kicks off in a few weeks and it will be chock-full of fun, family activities that we’re sure you and your little angels will want to be a part of. Just watch out for Santa as he makes his way through downtown on his Segway. He’ll be handing out treats for boys and girls of all ages.

Fun family activities include:

  • Free Holiday Water Taxi Rides: All aboard for a fun-filled cruise on a Bricktown Water Taxi! On designated evenings in November and December, everyone can enjoy a fun-filled float down the beautifully-adorned Bricktown canal.
  • Saturday with Santa: Bring the kiddos downtown on to the Devon Energy Center each Saturday in December, to visit meet Santa himself, make crafts, and participate in holiday-themed activities.
  • Prance, dance, jog or run through downtown as part of the SandRidge Santa Run. The ultimate goal is just to have fun! Events include a 5K race, a one-mile fun run or a free Santa Claus kids' dash. Did we mention this is also a fabulous chance to Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls?
  • We triple dog dare you to take part in Little Willie’s Triple Dog Dare. The stair climbing challenge will test your endurance and speed as you climb 138 flights of stairs or recruit a couple of friends to take part in the relay challenge.
  • Hit the slopes for a little snow tubing at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Choose either the bunny slopes regular slope for the true adventure seeker.
  • Get in the holiday spirit while you learn about Oklahoma’s diverse Native American culture at the Red Earth Treefest. Trees will be decorated with ornaments honoring tribes including the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, Chickasaw Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Comanche Nation, Osage Nation.

There are plenty of indoor activities to get you in the holiday spirit as well. Check out the following family-friendly performances throughout the season.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

On and Around Lake Hefner

The beautiful sunset views at Lake Hefner aren’t the only reason to visit the reservoir in north Oklahoma City, which is basically bound by Lake Hefner Parkway on the east, MacArthur Boulevard on the west, the Northwest Expressway on the south and Hefner Road on the north.

Lake Hefner is one of three urban reservoirs that store Oklahoma City’s drinking water, but you can also fish in it and take boats out on it with proper permits. Get out on the lake through the Oklahoma City Boat Club Oklahoma City Boat Club, Sailorbrains or Sail Lake Hefner, LLC. You can also surf on a kiteboard through 405Kite or Lake Hefner Kiteboarding or ride a stand-up paddle board. Also check out Friends of Lake Hefner and Oklahoma Outdoors if you really want to explore.

Off the water, the Bert Cooper Trails, formerly known as the Lake Hefner Trails, surround the lake and are wide enough for bikers as well as joggers and pedestrians. Play golf on one of the two 18-hole courses at the Lake Hefner Golf Course, or enjoy a picnic lunch at Stars and Stripes Park off of Lakeshore Drive and North Portland Avenue.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Happy Trails to You

It is that time of year. We get it. We are going through the same thing. It has been almost four months since New Year’s Eve. We all did great at first. We hit the gym, we ran through the neighborhood, counted the calories and were glued to our Fitbit. This was the year. No doubt about it. We were sticking to our New Year’s Resolution and staying in shape.

One skipped workout might have turned into two. Maybe a little winter cold threw you off your game. Well, that stops now. It is time to dust off your athletic shoes of choice and get your groove back by hitting the trails. Be it on a bike, your two feet or even roller blades, you can head out to an Oklahoma City trail, take in the beautiful weather and get back to being active.

Oklahoma City has extensive trail system that has seen millions of dollars in investment over the past decade. Bond issues in 2000, 2007 and the recent MAPS 3 initiative will help add more than 200 miles of trails to our city (with construction of some of that well under way). The best part is the trails are motor free so you and your family and/or friends can enjoy the outdoors in complete safety (assuming you don’t go Mat Hoffman on everyone).

So hop onto the city’s website to find a trail close to you (we promise there is one) or check out the city’s master plan for what is on the way.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

OKC Remembers April 19, 1995

As we’ve written about, this Sunday also marks the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. To commemorate all the lives lost and changed forever, you can get involved in a variety of ways. At the top of that list is the Oklahoma Standard campaign. You can read more here, but it is pretty simple: commit one act of service, honor and kindness in the month of April. As always, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon (which is will take place April 26) is a great way to show your support. Also be sure to visit the newly renovated OKC National Memorial sometime in the month of April.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Memorial Marathon is a ‘Run to Remember’

Memorial Marathon Finish Line

Get involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 26, whether you want to support a runner, volunteer or run races of several different lengths – a full or half marathon, a relay, a 5k and even a kids marathon completed with a 1.2-mile kids’ fun run as part of the day’s festivities.
The “Run to Remember” marathon started in 2001 and now features more than 25,000 runners running along the streets of Oklahoma City, starting and ending downtown near the OKC National Memorial. The full marathon is a Boston-qualifying, USA Track and Field (USATF)-sanctioned event.

Register to runSign up to donate or form a team to raise money for the Memorial’s mission. A separate web page is for those who want to volunteer.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hit the trails

One of our favorite things about springtime is the ability to get out and explore the great outdoors. Luckily, OKC is home to several trails to help you stay fit while you explore all the city has to offer. And speaking of trails – these are increasing all of the time.

Our personal favorite is the Bert Cooper Trail at Lake Hefner. Who doesn’t love to run, bike or skate around a beautiful body of water? And Lake Hefner has it all – beautiful scenery including a lighthouse and sail boats, a slew of fun things to do including parks for the kiddos, picnic areas and paved running and bike lanes around the entire lake.

If water really isn’t your cup of tea, explore Oklahoma City’s Adventure District on the Katy Trail. You’ll get a new view of the Oklahoma City Zoo, Science Museum Oklahoma, Remington Park, Railroad Museum, Firefighters Museum and National Softball Hall of Fame.

There are a numerous other trails throughout OKC and each trail has a unique feel and varies in distance. For a complete list of Oklahoma City, click here.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Race for the Prize

Looking to stay a little more active in 2015? Why not get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution by participating in the 2nd annual Opening Night Finale 5K? Before putting on your dancing shoes on New Year’s Eve get one last run in for a good cause.

Presented by INTEGRIS the run starts at 4 p.m., just east of Bicentennial Park downtown (where the Opening Night Finale takes place). This isn’t your normal race, though as there is also a costume contest and the prizes are original works of art. The best part? Every participant gets an Opening Night wristband. That is what we call a win-win.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A need for speed

One of our favorite holiday traditions is cruising down one of the country’s largest manmade snow-tubing slopes at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Seriously, where else can you snow tube when it's 50 degrees? No matter the weather, sledders of all ages can enjoy the slopes with a separate slide and smaller snow tubes available for the tikes.

If you require more of the type of speed furnished by your own two legs, prance through the streets and explore downtown Oklahoma City as part of the annual Santa Run. The event includes a 5k race, a 1-mile fun run and a free Santa Claus Kids' Dash. Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls will be on hand to get all runners pumped up for the event. Or for thrill seekers, check out Little Willie’s Triple Dog Dare which challenges participants to race 138 flights of stairs through the north and south towers of Leadership Square and the Oklahoma Tower. The 138-floor race is open to people of all ages and there’s even a Firefighters Division – racing in full gear of course!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Crankin’ in the Country

For bicyclists who love hitting the road to feel the wind in their hair and pavement under their wheels, Oklahoma offers a variety of landscapes. The Oklahoma Bicycle Society’s “Crankin’ in the Country” series offers a unique perspective to explore our state. From the Tecumseh Loop, Sulphur Loop, Lake Overholser to El Reno, Indian Point, Tribbey Loop, Hilly Ride, Norman to Paul’s Valley and Hinton Loop, riders will have an opportunity to learn about the state’s history while enjoying a great workout.

Those who enjoy walking and running have a number of excellent choices for recreational areas in the Oklahoma City metro including Dolese Youth Park, Eldon Lyon Park J.L. Mitch Park and Hafer Park (Edmond), Joe B. Barnes Park (Midwest City), Lake Hefner, Lake Overholser, Martin Nature Park, Chisholm Trail Park (Yukon) and Earlywine Park.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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