OKC Memorial Marathon: Camille Herron shatters women's marathon course record
Camille Herron wins Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and sets a course record. It was also the fastest time by a woman in an Oklahoma marathon.
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.
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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.