The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon has a new look this year.
For more than a decade, the basic design of the T-shirts and medals given to participants has stayed relatively unchanged.
After marathon organizers received feedback from a focus group of runners that have participated in several of the marathons, as well as feedback they received when they attended other marathons, both have received a complete overhaul for this year's race.
The changes in the medals are the most dramatic.
Instead of a round die-cut Survivor Tree in bronze, the new medals feature the Marathon's new logo, a “swoosh” of various colors with runners and the 9:03 gate at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
The back of each medal has the Survivor Tree surrounded by the designated color for each race.
“The tree has always been on every medal and we still wanted that to be a focal point,” marathon coordinator Mollie Bennett said. “That will always be a big part of what we do.”
The ribbons take a cue from the colors of the new logo with each background color coded to match the race as well.
The full marathon is green, the half marathon gold, marathon relay maroon, the 5K is blue and the kids marathon is orange.
The medals are oval, with a gold outer ring with a epoxy resin design in the middle.
“The response has been really fantastic,” Bennett said. “We've showed it off on our Facebook page and website and taken it to the last marathon we went to and people really enjoy the changes.”
The T-shirts are similar to the medals, with the Marathon's new logo and the round Survivor Tree logo over “Run to Remember.”
The medals (MTM Recognition) and T-shirts (USA Screen Printing & Embroidery) were both manufactured by Oklahoma companies, as was a sticker given to every runner and volunteer to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The sticker was made by Rainbow Pennant.