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Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Jake Buhler of Edmond wins second straight marathon

Buhler shaved more than a minute off his winning time from one year ago despite having to take a bathroom break.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 28, 2013

Jake Buhler of Edmond on Sunday became the second man to win back-to-back Oklahoma City Memorial Marathons.

Buhler, a third-year dental student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, shaved more than a minute off his winning time from one year ago despite having to take a bathroom break along the course.

“I took a minute pit stop about mile 14,” said Buhler, who jumped into a port-a-potty around the Lake Hefner exchange. “Someone was getting out right when I approached. After that, I felt really good.”

Buhler's winning time on Sunday was 2 hours, 26 minutes and 13 seconds. His winning time last year was 2:27:30.

“I was happy with the time,” said Buhler, a former collegiate distance runner for Utah Valley. “The weather turned out to be all right. I caught a second wind around the 20-mile mark, which usually doesn't happen.”

Buhler's time was the second fastest in the 13-yeear history of the marathon. Conor Holt, a former University of Oklahoma track standout who is now coaching at Oklahoma City University, set the course record in 2004 at 2:22:54.

Holt is the only other man to win back-to-back Memorial Marathons, also winning the race in 2003.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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