Thunder general manager Sam Presti was up late Saturday night for his team's thrilling 99-98 win over Dallas in Game 1 of their NBA Playoff series.
Sunday morning, Presti stood in the rain, handing out medals to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon finishers.
“It was a little bit early, but well worth it,” Presti said. “I wouldn't miss it for the world because I know how much hard work has been put in by the people who run the marathon, and the people who put it on. The least I could do is be here to support it.”
Presti is a first-year member of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum's Board of Trustees, and said volunteering at the marathon was “humbling” for him.
“To see the looks on their faces, it's just pure exhilaration and achievement,” Presti said. “I think everybody that runs the race understands there's a purpose for it, and what it means for the city.”
FINISHING WITH THE FLAG
One relay team of future military men finished Sunday's marathon by honoring the country they plan to serve.
Jack Blaess, a 20-year-old Edmond North graduate and student at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., got a group together to run in honor of those serving in the military.
For the final small stretch of the run, all five members of the relay team returned to the course, with one carrying an American flag across the finish line.
“We just wanted to honor the troops that are fighting, partially, because of this,” Blaess said, referring to terrorism.
The marathon is run in memory of those lost in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
NUMBER OF RUNNERS
The number of runners who finished the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on Sunday was 2,643.
Of that number, 1,118 runners were women and 1,525 were men. The average time for Sunday's marathon was 4:49:09.
In the half-marathon, 8,138 runners finished the race — 4,982 women and 3,156 men.