Participants take part in a previous Redbud Classic event in Oklahoma City. Redbud 2023 is scheduled for the weekend of April 15-16. (Courtesy picture)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Registration is open for the 2023 Redbud Classic, a running and cycling tradition in Oklahoma City that also supports charities.

The event’s 40th year promises to bring fun, fitness and philanthropy to the community, organizers say. It was set for the weekend of April 15-16.

Each year, the Redbud Foundation Board of Directors selects an Oklahoma City nonprofit organization to partner with. Wings Special Needs Community, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of adults with developmental disabilities through social, vocational and residential programs, has been selected to serve as a 2023 grantee.

“As we prepare for race season, we want people to understand that when you register for a Redbud Classic event, you’re not just registering for a race – you’re supporting Oklahoma City through fun, fitness and philanthropy,” said Redbud Classic race director Kristin Hersom. “Your registration goes to those in our community who need it most along with our annual grantee, Wings, to support adults with developmental disabilities.”

Wings is a place where adults with disabilities can feel safe and independent, develop productive job skills, and lead healthy, satisfying, and enjoyable lives while serving their community. In their commitment to improving the lives of these adults, Wings offers two programs, the Day Program and the Social Club, where members learn health, cooking, art and life skills and can develop themselves further. in a fun, safe and social environment.

“We are honored and thrilled to partner with the Redbud Classic and be this year’s beneficiary,” said Wings Chief Development Officer Allyson Wolfe. “We have worked tirelessly to build a strong and stable organization that has a real and lasting impact on the quality of life of our members, and we make sure that we provide relief to families who worry about whether their child will be taken into care. charge and will be able to live a full life after they die.

The 2023 Redbud Classic will feature family-friendly events starting April 15 with 10-mile and 30-mile bike rides, a 50-mile fondo, and a 1-mile kids fun run, in addition to a boardwalk. 1 mile. The events will continue on April 16 with 5k and 10k timed races, a 5k wheelchair and stroller event, a 2-mile walk and a 2-mile stroller derby.

Events will continue past the finish line with the Redbud Bash on April 16 at the Nichols Hills Plaza finish area. There will be a variety of food from some of Oklahoma’s best food trucks, drinks from Coop Ale Works and other sponsors, free games and activities for the whole family, music and other entertainment.

By registering early on redbud.org, attendees will be more likely to receive the lowest registration prices available, their choice of t-shirt size, and a timing tag.

“Everyone deserves to live a full and vibrant life, and through your registration or donation to the Redbud Classic 2023, you will help provide resources to ensure that these members of our community are engaged in educational, social and volunteer that has a profound impact on their quality of life and physical and mental health,” said Hersom.

For more event details, including start times, course maps and registration information, visit redbud.org.