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Registration Open For All Races on April 8 & 9

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Redbud Classic, Oklahoma City’s oldest local racing tradition, will celebrate its 35th anniversary of bringing fitness, fun and philanthropy to the community. Registration is now open for the April 8 and 9 events.

The 2017 Redbud Classic has events for the whole family starting with the 10, 33 and 50-mile bike tours on Saturday, April 8, along with the one-mile children’s run. On Sunday, April 9, events will include the 5K and 10K timed runs, the 5K-wheelchair event, the 2-mile walk and the baby stroller derby.

“As we celebrate 35 years, Redbud has been fortunate to raise more than $525,000 for local non-profits while helping keep the Oklahoma community healthy,” said Patty Anthony, Redbud race director. “We are excited to name Cleats for Kids as the 2017 beneficiary, coinciding with this landmark year for Redbud. Race participants will be a part of Oklahoma City tradition and help children take part in a healthy lifestyle.”

Annually, agencies apply to the Redbud Classic as potential beneficiaries. After reviewing this year’s applicants, the Redbud Classic Board of Directors selected Oklahoma Cleats for Kids, a local non-profit that collects and distributes sports shoes, clothes and equipment to kids in need.

Cleats for Kids believes sports offer kids a way to strengthen their bodies, minds and character and every child should be able to have access to sports shoes and safe equipment. However, too many kids cannot afford sports shoes, uniforms or equipment, and those kids may never get to play sports without Cleats for Kids’ help.

Staff and volunteers from Cleats for Kids will be involved on race days by volunteering. Annually, 5,000 athletes participate in the Redbud events, not including the nearly 800 children who run in the free one-mile children’s run.

“Redbud has done so much for the community, and we are privileged to be this year’s beneficiary,” said Stacy McDaniel, Oklahoma Cleats for Kids president. “Cleats for Kids is dedicated to providing the necessary equipment to kids in need who want to play sports, and we could not think of a more fitting event to represent our mission.”

The Redbud events continue past the finish line. The second annual REDBUD BASH will be held Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m. in the finish area of Nichols Hills Plaza. There will be a variety of food from some of Oklahoma’s premier food trucks, beverages from COOP Ale Works and other sponsors, free family-friendly games and activities, as well as live entertainment.

Registration is available online, in person or by mail. Online registration at grows every year and is the easiest way to register. By registering early and online, participants are more likely to receive their choice of T-shirt size as well as a timing tag. Until April 3, early-bird registration fees are $30 for the run/walk events and $40 for the cycling tours, or $65 for both events.

About Redbud Classic

Since 1983, the Redbud Classic has become an Oklahoma City tradition involving the community through fitness, fun and philanthropy. The race offers 10, 33 and 50-mile bike tours as well as 5K and 10K races. Other events include a 2-mile walk, 1-mile kids fun run and a baby stroller derby. Each year, Redbud Classic determines a local nonprofit as the race beneficiary, raising more than $525,000 since the race’s inception.

For complete event details including start times, course maps and registration information, visit

– (published January 17, 2016

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