Celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2017, the Redbud Classic has become an Oklahoma City tradition involving the community through fitness, fun & philanthropy. The 2017 beneficiary is Cleats for Kids. To commemorate this milestone year Redbud has launched a new program, Kids Run Redbud, which offers discounted registrations (scholarships available) for area school students to run the 5K or 2 mile at the Redbud. Schools will compete for most runners, fastest school and most spirited school! The goal is to get kids involved in running by giving them this opportunity at an early age.
The first Redbud Classic was held in the spring of 1983. It consisted of the 10 km and 2 mile road race and walk and drew approximately 1,100 participants. Over time, the Redbud has been enhanced with additional events on its roster including the 10 and 30 mile bicycle tours; the 50 mile timed bicycle event, the in-line skating event, the wheelchair event and the ever-growing baby-stroller derby. In the past twenty-eight years, the Redbud Classic has attracted more than 200,000 registrants.
These figures do not reflect the growing number of children who show up each year for the free one mile Children’s Fitness Run. In recent years, nationally recognized special guests and celebrities have been included in the activities by offering workshops and lectures. Past guests have included Joan Benoit Samuelson, Dr. George Sheehan, Kim Alexis, Jim Valvano, Casey Meyers, Dan O-Brien, Edwin Moses and Troy Aikman.
In addition to striving to offer a top quality competitive event, the Redbud Classic has also been able to donate over a quarter of a million dollars back to the community. Beneficiaries began with the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and have also included Junior Achievement, Lyric Theater, the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, a Chance to Change, Schools for Healthy Lifestyles, Infant Crisis Services, Children’s Medical Research and the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. After our 2011 event, the Redbud Classic was able to make a donation of $35,000, to CASA of Oklahoma County and in 2012 a $30,000 donation was made to Citizens Caring for Children. In 2015, The Boys and Girls Clubs received a $25,000 donation from the 2015 event.
Between the very first Redbud Classic and where we are today, the Redbud has experienced tremendous growth and strong community support. The event has been listed by “Runner’s World Magazine” as one of the top 75 running events in the country and continually holds it’s rank as the second largest competitive running event in the state. After the success and restructuring of our 2000 event, the Redbud Foundation was able to begin an endowment to continue its future progress and improvements.
As we embark on our 32nd year of fitness, fun & philanthropy, we’re looking forward to more excitement and enthusiasm, as well as our partnership with the 2014 beneficiary The Anna's House Foundation.
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