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Away from the storm

K.T. King Published: May 1, 2014

As the sun rose on Sunday, April 27, the haze lifted from downtown Oklahoma City to reveal the powerful storm clouds overhead.

Runners in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon crowded the streets for as far as the eye could see, while the clouds began to break apart. Torrential rain poured from the sky and the crack of thunder nearby sent runners and security workers into a panic.

 

Rain begins to pour down on the reflecting pool at the Oklahoma City National Memorial before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it's original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman
Rain begins to pour down on the reflecting pool at the Oklahoma City National Memorial before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it's original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman
Runners crowd the street and pass time by sitting down and covering up with ponchos and trash bags to avoid the rain before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it's original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman
Runners crowd the street and pass time by sitting down and covering up with ponchos and trash bags to avoid the rain before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it's original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman

The initial start time of the race at 6:30 a.m. passed with little fanfare. The second start time passed, this time, delaying the race for more than an hour.

As the rain poured down, it seemed like it might never end, and runners were frantically urged into the nearby parking garages for their own safety.

 

Runners were told to immediately take shelter in neighboring parking garages to avoid the rain before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it's original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman
Runners were told to immediately take shelter in neighboring parking garages to avoid the rain before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it's original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman
A runner dressed as Captain America takes shelter in a parking garage before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it's original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman
A runner dressed as Captain America takes shelter in a parking garage before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it's original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman
Marathon runner James Strahorn runs for cover in a parking garage to escape the pouring rain before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it's original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman
Marathon runner James Strahorn runs for cover in a parking garage to escape the pouring rain before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it's original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman

 

Nearing the start time of 8:20 a.m., the downpour suddenly ceased. The sun peaked out from behind the cloud for the first time. The most welcome sight I had seen in what seemed like months.

The race would go on and all of the waiting was worth it.

 

Storm cloud hang over the 9:03 Gate of Time at the Oklahoma City National Memorial on the day of the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed several hours due to weather. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman
Storm cloud hang over the 9:03 Gate of Time at the Oklahoma City National Memorial on the day of the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed several hours due to weather. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman
A line of people stand in a shallow truck docking bay in attempt to stay out of the rain before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it's original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman
A line of people stand in a shallow truck docking bay in attempt to stay out of the rain before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it's original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman