A pair of runners from Norman have won the 2014 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Severe storms forced organizers to delay the Marathon just before runners were set to take the course.
Sunday's race was scheduled to start at 6:30 a.m., but inclement weather that formed west of the city moved into the area around sunrise. Organizers pushed the start of the race by nearly two hours to let the storm move through. Downtown buildings opened to provide shelter to the runners.
“Tonight I’ll run five miles through my neighborhood, a task that at one time seemed Herculean and has almost begun to feel downright routine. I’ve been intentional about weaving running into my life, it has become almost irreplaceable as a source of sanity for me.”
Nathan Gunter wrote these words in his blog just last month. Starting in late January, Gunter planned out a three-and-a-half month training program for first-time runners.
Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 7:07 pm
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The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill three people and wound more than 200 in what FBI investigators said evidence shows was a coldly calculated attack.
Since 2001, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum has held the marathon to commemorate the bombings in that city, which killed 168 people and injured more than 800 others.
But given the events at the Boston Marathon, Oklahoma City marathon organizers are cautiously evaluating security plans and making their decisions one day at a time.