OKC Memorial Marathon: Edmond's Jake Buhler outdistances the field
Jake Buhler's first experience with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon came in the half-marathon last year. He set a goal to win the full marathon this year
Jake Buhler's first experience with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was last year when he ran the half-marathon.
The former collegiate distance runner at Utah Valley was struck by all the support he received on theÂ race course that day.
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â€śI had thousands of people cheering me on out here, remembering that tragic day,â€ť said Buhler, who lives in Edmond. â€śJust to be out here and feel that energyÂ isÂ awesome.â€ť
So Buhler, 25, set a goal to win theÂ Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon this year,Â which he did SundayÂ in a time of 2:27.30, easily outdistancing the rest of the field.
His time was four minutes off of his personal best, which he set at a California marathon in December.
â€śI ran the half last year because I had taken about a year off and was trying to get back into shape,â€ť said the second-year dental student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. â€śI did a year of training and then I came out here and did this and it felt good. I felt strong today.â€ť
Buhler, who works at the OK Runner retail store in Edmond, was paced by his friend andÂ store manager, Jerry Faulkner, for the first six miles of the race.
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