OKC Memorial Marathon: Edmond's Jake Buhler outdistances the field

Jake Buhler's first experience with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon came in the half-marathon last year. He set a goal to win the full marathon this year
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 29, 2012

Jake Buhler's first experience with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was last year when he ran the half-marathon.

The former collegiate distance runner at Utah Valley was struck by all the support he received on the race course that day.

“I had thousands of people cheering me on out here, remembering that tragic day,” said Buhler, who lives in Edmond. “Just to be out here and feel that energy is awesome.”

So Buhler, 25, set a goal to win the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon this year, which he did Sunday in a time of 2:27.30, easily outdistancing the rest of the field.

His time was four minutes off of his personal best, which he set at a California marathon in December.

“I ran the half last year because I had taken about a year off and was trying to get back into shape,” said the second-year dental student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. “I did a year of training and then I came out here and did this and it felt good. I felt strong today.”

Buhler, who works at the OK Runner retail store in Edmond, was paced by his friend and store manager, Jerry Faulkner, for the first six miles of the race.

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by Ed Godfrey
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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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