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OKC Memorial Marathon: Andrew Hwang does some heavy duty running

The 27-year-old Oklahoma City resident has finished five marathons, so he expects to suffer from painful cramps.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 29, 2012
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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.”

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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