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2013 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Why they run

Several people who will run in Sunday's events share their reasons for running.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 27, 2013
/articleid/3804154/1/pictures/2038180">Photo - Jessica Hukill, left, and her mother, Becky Faaborg. PHOTO BY JASON KERSEY, THE OKLAHOMAN <strong></strong>
Jessica Hukill, left, and her mother, Becky Faaborg. PHOTO BY JASON KERSEY, THE OKLAHOMAN


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.


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.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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