Celebrating its 38th year in 2020, the Redbud Classic is an Oklahoma City tradition involving the community through fitness, fun, and philanthropy.
The Redbud Foundation, Inc. held the first Redbud Classic in the spring of 1983. It consisted of the 10k and 2-mile running and walking events and drew approximately 1,100 participants. Over time, the Redbud has enhanced its roster with additional events, including the 10-, 33- and 45-mile cycling tours, the 5k wheelchair event, and the ever-growing 2-mile baby stroller derby. The inaugural Redbud BASH, the official post-race celebration, was held in 2015. The Redbud is also proud to see a growing number of children participate in the 1-mile Children’s Fitness Run. In the past thirty-seven years, the Redbud Classic has attracted more than 200,000 registrants.
In addition to offering a top-quality competitive event, the Redbud Classic has donated over $750,000 to various community and beneficiary partners in the Oklahoma City 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, Infant Crisis Services, Children’s Medical Research, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, the Tripp Lewallen Memorial Foundation, Positive Tomorrows, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, Safe Kids of Oklahoma, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County, Whiz Kids, Peppers Ranch Foster Care Community and Teach For America-OKC. The 2020 Redbud beneficiary is the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League.
Since 1983, 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. It continues to hold its rank as the second-largest competitive event in Oklahoma City.
After the success of the 2000 Redbud Classic, the Redbud Foundation began an endowment to sustain its future progress and improvement. As the Redbud Foundation embarks on its 38th year of fitness, fun, and philanthropy, prospective participants can expect the same excitement, enthusiasm, and community involvement that helped start the event in the spring of 1983.