Jessica Hukill will run her second full marathon Sunday morning.
Her first came last November, when she completed Tulsa's Williams Route 66 Marathon. That race was particularly emotional; it was her final race in the year 2012, completing a goal of running 18 events to honor her mother's 18 weeks of chemotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer.
“She's amazing,” Hukill said of her mother, Becky Faaborg. “She's amazing. She's a rock.”
Faaborg was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, but still finished the 2011 Prairie Fire half-marathon, which was only 10 days before her surgery.
“It was wonderful,” Faaborg said. “I had no issues at all. When I crossed the finished line, I was pumping my fists saying, ‘I beat you, cancer. I beat you.' I had two very emotional thoughts: First, I ran my first half marathon. Second, I'm beating cancer.”
Faaborg ran the same half-marathon a year later, cancer-free. She isn't running in Oklahoma City on Sunday while recovering from another surgery, but plans to compete in the 2014 event.
“When she got sick, that's when I really stepped it up and started increasing and getting into racing,” Hukill said.
GREER RUNS FOR COMPETITION
Bill Greer, who moved to Oklahoma from San Diego a couple years ago, will run his 10th full marathon — and second in Oklahoma City — Sunday.
Greer, 62, runs one marathon a year, and said the reason he took up running is simple.
“I run because I want to compete,” Greer said. “I want to beat somebody.”
His last 13 years in California, Greer lived on a boat in the San Diego Bay. He said when he decided to move, he picked Oklahoma because it's “so polar opposite” from what he was used to.