Andrew Hwang crossed the finish line, almost immediately went down on his back and began stretching his tired legs.
Hwang, 27, isn't built like a runner. So oftentimes when he finishes a race — Sunday marked his fifth full marathon — he suffers from painful cramps.
“Just about every time,” Hwang said. “I'm too heavy. I'm carrying a lot of weight, almost 200 pounds. It's a lot of pressure on my legs and knees.”
Hwang moved back to Oklahoma City, where he was born and raised, from Michigan, where he went to college, in 2008 and promised himself he'd run in the marathon every year.
“Just for personal accomplishment,” Hwang said.
His first long race was in 2006, when he ran the half-marathon in Oklahoma City.
Hwang doesn't spend all year training for the races like some marathon runners do. In fact, he usually starts just about a month before the race.
“I'm not a competitive runner,” he said. “I just do this for fun.”