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OKC Memorial Marathon: Landrunners running club helps Gracie Latkovski participate in first marathon

WHY I RUN — Seven-year-old Gracie Latkovski has cerebral palsy, but thanks to the Landrunners, she'll participate in Sunday's half marathon, with her uncle Tim Thompson running alongside.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 28, 2012

Sunday can't get here fast enough for 7-year old Gracie Latkovski.

“She's so excited that she can hardly sleep,” said her mom, Christin Latkovski.

Gracie has cerebral palsy and cannot walk. But thanks to the Landrunners, an Oklahoma City running club, she'll participate in Sunday's half marathon.

A modified racing wheelchair was donated to the Landrunners in late 2011.

“We think we can provide a lot of services to men, women, boys and girls who can't do this because of a physical challenge,” said Jim Roblyer, a Landrunners club member who spearheads the project.

In early March, Roblyer was looking for someone to be pushed in the wheelchair during the Oklahoma City marathon. He asked his friend Tim Thompson, who owns the OK Runner store in Norman, if he knew of anyone who might want to participate.

“We knew we had the perfect candidate,” Thompson said of Gracie, his niece.

Gracie lives in Louisville, Ky., but frequently visits her large family in the Norman area. On those visits, she's watched her uncle Tim run. Now, she'll get to run with him.

She'll be pushed Sunday by Landrunners Kevin Lynes and Jennifer Henry, with Thompson running alongside.

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