Not only did Camille Herron win the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Sunday, she shattered the women's course record by nine minutes.
“I felt like I needed to get the women's record to keep it in the family,” Herron said.
Herron, who just moved back to Oklahoma last summer, ran the 26.2 miles in 2:45:13, beating former University of Oklahoma All-American Catherine Lisle's record of 2:54:22 set in 2010.
Now both Herron and her husband own the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon course records.
Herron's husband, Conor Holt, is a two-time champion of the race and set the men's course record of 2:22:54 in his 2004 victory.
The couple left Oklahoma six years ago but moved back to Oklahoma City last summer when Holt accepted the position as cross country head coach at Oklahoma City University.
Holt, a native of Ireland and former University of Oklahoma runner, previously was on coaching staffs at Oregon State and Purdue.
“My whole family grew up here so it means a lot to come back and win a marathon in my home city,” said the 30-year-old Herron, who was running in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon for the first time.
Herron's time Sunday also was the fastest by any woman in an Oklahoma marathon. Her father and grandfather played basketball at Oklahoma State University.
“So I grew up as an athlete, playing basketball, and just happened to find my niche in running when I was in junior high,” she said.
Herron was a cross country state champion at Westmoore High School, but a series of stress fractures cut her collegiate career short at the University of Tulsa.
She had quit running but started training again in 2005 and has won six marathons since. Herron is coached by her husband and she represented the United States in the Pan American games last fall.
Herron also ran a personal best marathon time of 2 hours and 37 minutes at the Olympic trials this year. She has Olympic aspirations for 2016.
“This year it took 2:26 to make the Olympic team,” Holt said. “She is going to have to improve about 10 minutes in four years, but four years ago her best time was 2:46 so she has improved nine minutes basically in four years. If we can stay on the same track, you never know.
“If I can keep her healthy, I think she will be pretty good in four years.”