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Altus man returns home after trip to hospital following Oklahoma City marathon

Jeff Greenlee, of Altus, went to a hospital during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on Sunday. He returned home Monday.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: April 29, 2013 at 9:41 pm •  Published: April 30, 2013

/articleid/3804645/1/pictures/2039838">Photo - Irving, Texas fireman David Lewis helps a collapsed marathoner Sunday during the Memorial Marathon. 
Irving, Texas fireman David Lewis helps a collapsed marathoner Sunday during the Memorial Marathon.

“My mistake is coming out the first half and running the first half at a seven minute and 15 second pace,” Greenlee said. “That was just too fast for me. I would have been on pace for a three-hour and 10-minute marathon, and I knew I couldn't do that. I was kind of shooting through Mile 19 before I blacked out.”

Greenlee wears a device to track his steps while he runs. It creates a map that he can view after the race of what his path looks like. His route from Sunday gets interesting toward the finish line, he said.

“It looks like a kindergartner got a hold of a Crayola and just squiggled lines everywhere,” he said. “I don't know what I was thinking or what was going on through there, but I was everywhere.”

This won't be Greenlee's last marathon, though. He finished Sunday with a time of 3:27:57 and said he hopes to be able to run in the Boston Marathon in 2014.

“I like the challenge of seeing what I can improve on with the time, and I feel fortunate that I have the good knees and joints to do that, and that's the reason I push myself,” he said.

Contributing: Leighanne Manwarren, Staff Writer

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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