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OKC Memorial Marathon, 2013 edition

by Nate Billings Modified: April 29, 2013 at 7:40 pm •  Published: April 29, 2013
Runners and race officials pause for 168 seconds of silence to honor those killed in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building,  before the start of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Runners and race officials pause for 168 seconds of silence to honor those killed in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, before the start of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

 

At the beginning of my career, I photographed the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon from 2002-2006. When we’d begin to plan for the race, I knew I’d soon have my earliest morning of the year, since I usually work nights.

Yesterday, I woke up at 4:30am and went downtown to photograph my first Memorial Marathon in 7 years. It’s still remarkable to see so many people in the streets of Oklahoma City. And it still makes great pictures.

Garett Fisbeck and I worked the start and the course, while Paul Hellstern covered the finish of the run. Below are a few of my favorite pics. You can see more (86 in total, I believe) in this photo gallery.

 

Runners travel east on NE 4th during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 28, 2013.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman
Runners travel east on NE 4th during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman

 

In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, runners pass the west gate of the Oklahoma City National Memorial as they travel south on Harvey Ave. during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, runners pass the west gate of the Oklahoma City National Memorial as they travel south on Harvey Ave. during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

 

Firefighters in more than sixty pounds of gear cross the half-marathon finish line during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 28, 2013,  By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
Firefighters in more than sixty pounds of gear cross the half-marathon finish line during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 28, 2013, By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

 

Mitch Halliman greets a runner making her way north on Shartel Ave. near NW 40th in the area known as Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Mitch Halliman greets a runner making her way north on Shartel Ave. near NW 40th in the area known as Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

 

-Nate Billings

 

 

 

 

 

by Nate Billings
Photographer
Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did...
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