Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

  • Taking life in stride, and the kids marathon one step at a time

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    At the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, examples of guts and grit are everywhere. But on Sunday, none was greater than the 8-year-old Luke Stafford with cerebral palsy doing the kids’ marathon.

  • OKC Marathon: Patrick Gomez wins men’s title with help from half marathoner

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    Gomez, 25, had not raced in a competitive marathon before Sunday.

  • Climb every mountain: Double amputee conquers another goal by running half-marathon

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    Driving to high school basketball practice in his hometown of Schell City, Mo., Alexander lost control on a curve, flipping his pickup truck. The 16-year-old wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected.

  • OKC Marathon notebook: Race participation breaks 24,000 despite falling economy

    Complied by Kyle Fredrickson, Jenni Carlson, Scott Wright, Matt Patterson and Trent Crabtree | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    A few weeks ago, Oklahoma City National Memorial executive director Kari Watkins worried whether the Memorial Marathon's participation numbers would be able to finish strong. Would this year's event reach 24,000? That's been a mark for all runners in all events...

  • Paxsons spend first day of marriage running Memorial Marathon

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    Rising before the sun. Waiting in the dark. Then finally, running through the streets of Oklahoma City with several thousand of their closest, sweatiest friends. And they wouldn't have had it any other way.

  • OKC Marathon: Cat Lisle crowned women’s race winner in photo finish after late surge

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    They met at the tape and Lisle burst through at 3:09:14.27 — just a fraction ahead of Hodge at 3:09:14.37.

  • OKC Marathon: Hundreds of 5K runners get stuck behind passing trains near finish line

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    Robert Campos and Bri Reyna reached about the three-mile mark of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon's 5K race Sunday when their path to the finish line was suddenly blocked. The culprit? A railroad crossing arm. "Do we run for it?" Campos, 30, thought. "We heard the train horn and we were...

  • Memorial Marathon: Soon-to-be 80-year-0ld proves you're never too old

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    When Judy Rogalsky crossed the finish line Sunday at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, I knew I had to talk to her. Her half-marathon running bib said: AN 80-YEAR-OLD. An 80-year-old doing the half? And she didn't look totally out of it after going 13.1 miles in the heat and the wind....

  • Memorial Marathon: OKC numbers strong despite difficult economy

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

     A few weeks ago, Oklahoma City National Memorial executive director Kari Watkins worried whether the Memorial Marathon's participation numbers would be able to finish strong. Would this year’s event reach 24,000? That’s been a mark for all runners in all events that the...

  • Shoe-blessing services gives marathoners a running start

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    The Blessing of the Shoes happened Saturday, April 23, in Oklahoma City, the day before runners were to start the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

  • OKC Memorial Marathon: Afterthought of race cleanup a vital part of success

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 23, 2016

    Thousands of runners will converge downtown Sunday for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and they assuredly leave behind some sort of trash or clothing.

  • Marathon motivation varies for OKC officer shot in line of duty, others

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    Jason Burgess will be one of 20 Oklahoma City police officers running in Sunday’s 16th annual Memorial Marathon, with 11 running the full 26.2 miles and nine more running the half-marathon.

  • Preventing a slip between cup and lip

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    An Oklahoma City man has introduced a new product to help runners finish their race this weekend. Runsip is a silicone rubber lid that a runner can carry and use to more efficiently drink cups of water they receive as they pass through aid stations during a race, its inventor says.

  • OKC Memorial Marathon: Kim Abel runs to remember when she couldn't

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    On Sunday, Kim Abel will run her fifth Memorial Marathon and her fourth since recovering from Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare sickness in which the immune system attacks the nerves.

  • An Oklahoma City Marathon training group to Admire

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    MIDWEST CITY — Sheri Admire looked around at the kids sitting crisscross applesauce on the floor. They were in various degrees of running apparel. Some like her were dressed in tank tops and shorts and running shoes. Some had sweats and beat-up shoes. A few even wore jeans. But...

  • OKC Memorial Marathon: Why Kris Wright is half the man he used to be

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    His childhood weight problems followed him into adulthood. He ate doughnuts, pizza and burgers. He filled his free time with video games and Netflix. And once the scale hit 330 pounds, he stopped stepping on it.

  • Takesha Williams one of many OKC Memorial Marathon's unsung heroes

    By Christian Clark Staff Writer cclark@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    Williams was a student at Rose State College in Midwest City getting ready for class. As she prepared to head out that Wednesday morning, something peculiar happened: The ground began to shake.

  • OKC Memorial Marathon: John Hargrove returns to OKC Memorial Marathon for 16th time

    By Christian Clark Staff Writer cclark@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    Hargrove has completed the 26.2-mile race every year since it started in 2001.

  • IN THEIR WORDS: Cancer will not keep Kathryne Cates from running the half marathon at the Oklahoma City Memorial

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    Kathryne Cates will run the half marathon at Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon for the fifth time — but none of those other races will be anything like Sunday for this for the 45-year-old from Oklahoma City. I started running four years ago. During med school and residency, I gained about...

  • Memorial Marathon: OKC runners to get CPR training

    By Ed Godrey, Staff Writer, egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    At the National Running Congress in Los Angeles in February, there was a clear message Kari Watkins and other race directors received from the organizers of the country's biggest marathons. Every person who runs in a marathon should receive CPR training. So Watkins, executive director of the...



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