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Oklahoma City Memorial 5K ~ 2013 Edition

Sunday, April 28, 2013


I have been looking forward to the Oklahoma City Marathon for months, and in some ways even more so since the bombings at the Boston Marathon. I am Happy and Proud that the Oklahoma City Marathon people reached out to the Boston Marathoners who didn't get to finish Their Race. They were invited to Run in Oklahoma City for Free. Typical behaviour for Runners, I think.
One of the Meteorologists from our local NBC Channel (KFOR) Emily Sutton sang the National Anthem and B-O-Y!! If she ever wants to give up her career in Weather That Girl can SING!! She and one of the other reporters - Joleen Chaney -- ran the Full Marathon and posted a Video about their preparation and why they run on the KFOR Website. It is titled "Team Jo and Em Run2Remember OKC Memorial Marathon". I would post the link if I could, but I am not sure how to get it posted here or if this Laptop will do that?

AT the beginning of the Race, we always have 168 Seconds of Silence to remember the 168 Men, Women,and Children killed in 1995. It is hard to describe how "Silent" it is when a crowd of over 20,000 excited people goes Completely Quiet. I have NEVER heard anything like it!! One year it was raining, and I swear even the rain slowed down during that 168 Seconds!! This morning we added 3 Seconds of Silence in Tribute to the Three people killed in Boston. The only sound this morning was the throb of the helicopters hovering above us.

This is the 4th time I have walked this 5K. The First time -- in 2010 -- was my First Ever 5K!! I was not at all sure what to expect really. I finished that Race in 60 minutes. This morning I finished in 51 Minutes. I was hoping to make it in under 50 minutes, but I will just have to try again next year!! I think I am hooked on 5K's, LOL!!
There was a noticeable Police Presence, but there always is. I was more aware than usual of the Two Helicopters that circled above the Route the entire morning. They maybe are there every year, I am not sure. I also don't remember seeing vehicles and Officers from the Department of Homeland Security there before, but they may have been.

As a show of solidarity and support for Boston, the Organizers of this Race asked everyone to wear Red Socks and Green Shoe Laces this morning. I don't think you could buy a Red Sock in Oklahoma City right now if you tried!! A LOT of people wore them!! I tried to find some all week, and had to settle for some red & blue striped Socks. They looked H-A-W-T with my Lime Green slacks, LOL!!!

After the Race, by the time we walked back to the Parking Area, I had over 10,000 steps on my Pedometer!! To be honest, this is the First time that I really feel like I "Worked" at a race. I usually walk or workout on Sunday afternoon after the Marathon, but I think today I will give myself the day off from the Gym. But most likely I WILL go for a Short Walk later.
We stopped for Breakfast and still made it home in time for Church -- wearing my Race T-Shirt, of course!! I am thankful I have an understanding Church Family!!
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  • LJR4HEALTH
    emoticon on beating your time Thank for sharing the photo's from the race . What a nice show of support for the Boston Marathoners . Still brings tears to my eyes about the OKC bombing nice to see there is a run in memory of those who lost their lives that day I know where I was when I felt that bomb go off that day
    1316 days ago
  • CATLADY52
    emoticon on beating your time. Next year you can try for under 50 mins.
    1318 days ago
  • OKIEGETTINFIT
    Congrats on your time. That is great. As for Emily Sutton, my son and I heard her sing yesterday and we were like "WOW". He was like if she ever needs another job....

    1318 days ago
  • 2BEEANEWME
    Hey!!! I ran right past you and your husband... Sorry didn't say hello, lots of people around when I was passing and couldn't get over. Glad you two had a great time!!!
    1318 days ago
  • LOVINGAFRICA
    I really enjoyed your blog. Thak you
    1318 days ago
  • IKACEY
    emoticon Blog ! emoticon on your time improvement and thank you for sharing the experience with us. As for next year emoticon emoticon
    IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team
    1318 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    emoticon We visited the Oklahoma City Memorial site in 2000 and found it emotionally very moving. So much senseless violence that seems to be becoming more commonplace.
    1318 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    Great photos, wonderful tribute for all the lives lost in senseless violence!
    1318 days ago
  • SISSIE21
    Great race! I remember some years back being in Oklahoma City for a conference and going by myself to visit the memorial. It made such an impression on me, from the beginning with hearing the actual meeting right before hand to the little glass cases with children's shoes and belongings. Outside is so beautiful and peaceful with all those chairs. I have never forgotten how I felt when I was there.
    It must feel good to be able to walk for something so meaningful. And what an accomplishment! emoticon
    1318 days ago
  • NASFKAB
    great job congrats
    1318 days ago
  • TORTILLAFLATS
    Thanks so much Jeannie, That is an accomplish to me proud of!

    Hugs, Gail
    1318 days ago
  • LADYVOLSFAN1954
    That was a great race. Thanks for sharing this wonderful memorial race with us. emoticon emoticon
    1318 days ago
  • NAPPIGURL
    Congratulations on your accomplishment and your time improvement! emoticon emoticon
    Last year's race was my first half marathon ever & it was truly a touching experience. This year I was on volunteer bathroom duty (the early shift) at first church. It was great to see all of the runners and supporters come through. The spirit of the race is so unifying...just awesome!
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    1319 days ago
  • ANDI571
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    1319 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    Runners and walkers with hearts! Well done, and thanks for sharing. My own next HM is next Sunday, here locally, and they have already sent e-mails out telling us of changes to security procedures. I will be there. Getting really pumped for it at this point.
    1319 days ago
  • GETSTRONGRRR
    Sounds like a great time! The OKC marathon was my last marathon....in 2010 as well, so we may have crossed paths! 2010 was hot, muggy, and windy! Hope it was better today....and thanks for remembering Boston!
    1319 days ago
  • STUDLEEJOE
    It was a great race. I enjoyed what was shown on tv. I remember so well that awful day 18 years ago. It is wonderful that OKC has chosen this way to remeber. emoticon
    1319 days ago
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