On April 19, 1995, a bomb was detonated in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. It claimed the lives of 168 people, including 19 children. Thirteen years ago, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was set up for Oklahomans to remember and raise money for the memorial. Yesterday the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was held downtown.
I love this event. Not just because of what it represents, but also because there are events for everyone. There’s a Kid’s Fun Run (1 mile), a 5K, a marathon relay, a half marathon, and a full marathon. So no matter your activity level, you can still participate! Me, Huff the Hubs, my sister Bridget, and two of our friends ran the relay yesterday.
It. Was. Awesome.
I ran the second leg of the relay, so I had to wait around for about an hour after the start. My relay spot was at a church, so I really go the good end of the deal. They provided snacks before the race started (something a preggo really appreciates).
I also got to run the “fun hill” (is there a such thing as a “fun” hill? My calves say no). This stretch of the race, Gorilla Hill, is awesome and famous for marathon vets.
While running up GH, you see some hilarious sights: people dressed as bananas, a man in a gorilla suit, and even a guy smoking a cigar and pouring mixed drinks for the runners. (I also saw a pair of 60-something men stop at a curb where there was a tub full of beer, pop open a Coors Light, chug it, crush the can, and take off running again.)
I love the energy and spontaneity of the Memorial Marathon. You never know what or who you’ll see. You may see a kid with a unicorn mask holding a sign that reads: “Taste the rainbow” and holding a basket of Fun Size Skittles, you may see an 80-year-old man wearing a rainbow wig, and you may even see an Oklahoma legend:
The spectators are awesome, the runners are inspirational, and the reason we run is heartfelt. Even though I was a little nervous, running basically a 5K while 4 months pregnant, but I’m glad I did it.
I now have a medal from every single event at the marathon except the Full Marathon. I am determined to do the full next year. A few people think I should wait (since Hermione is due in September and I may not be 100% by then) but I think I can do it. Maybe I’ll recruit some of my teammates to run with me.