The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon opted to change portions of the courses direction, splitting the half and full marathon at times, in order to ensure a safer and more runner friendly experience this year.
Marathon Course Chairman Jon Hulsey spoke with The Oklahoman about the specific changes to the course, the benefits of those changes, and what role safety played in the decision.
Q: What are the major course changes for this year’s marathon?
A: “This year, on Northwest Classen Boulevard from 50th Street down to 18th Street we are putting cones down the center of that. So as the runners head south, the people that are running the half marathon will be on the left side and the people who are running the full will be on the right side. Then once you turn the corner and head down to 13th Street we’ve actually divided the route up. The people running the half will be running on a different street this year than the people who are running the full.”
Are these areas where there has been too much runner congestion in the past?