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OKC Memorial Marathon: Neighborhoods along route are supportive

People along race route encourage runners, offer water and music.
by Ryan Aber Modified: April 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm •  Published: April 29, 2012

A great majority just keep running, some laugh. A few stop for a quick beer. At least one — a pace runner — takes a chug of Jagermeister as he's cheered on by the revelers.

In Nichols Hills, as runners come up Waverly Avenue around the 11-mile point, the pack is much more spread out than it was in Crown Heights.

Supporters are also less common here as morning rains kept the numbers down.

Ashley Myers, husband Daniel and their children, 3-year-old Addie and 1-year-old Brycen, stay in their spot, though, with a sign cheering on Ashley's cousin, Jessica, who came in from Arkansas to run the marathon.

“We live right up the street, and we routed it last night to find out the best spot and about what time she'd come through,” Ashley Myers said. “She's done such a good job training that we wanted to be out here for her.”

A pace runner quickly drops a noisemaker with each of the children and Addie encourages the runners by blowing it as they come by, still waiting for their cousin.

Closer to the finish line in Mesta Park, Mark Moody is one of around 25 people at the corner of 18th Street and Lee.

His claps are near constant.

“You're almost there,” he cheers. “Just a little bit more. Wonderful, wonderful. Keep going, keep going.”

Others at the corner — many from the First Church of the Nazarene — do the same.

“We did it last year and had a wonderful time,” Moody said. “These people are wonderful and dedicate themselves to this. It gives me a lot of strength seeing what they're able to accomplish.

“The marathon just keeps getting bigger. It's just incredible.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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