OKC Memorial Marathon notebook

Published: April 28, 2008
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Runner happy with 8-hour finish time
Colorado resident Michael McBride doesn't mind answering the same questions over and over. He's just happy to have the ability to answer them.

McBride, 54, finished the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon not in the time he wanted, but he did finish.

Striving for a time of 7 hours, McBride came in at 8 hours, 13 minutes.

He finished, and his oxygen cart wasn't too far behind. A friend created a combination of a rickshaw and a trailer device for McBride to place all his oxygen tanks. It can hold up to 100 pounds.

McBride suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung ailment that more than 13 million Americans suffer from.

"It was just great to be out here,” McBride said. "I'm a little hot, and my feet hurt. In other words, I'm just like any other runner.”

This was his second full marathon.

•Honolulu kid keeps trucking: Honolulu native Tom Knoll isn't sure what will make him stop running.

At 75 years old, he still enjoys it. Knoll completed yet another marathon Sunday at the Memorial.

"I love to run, and this is a great cause. You can't beat that,” Knoll said.

Knoll said once he feels like he can't do it anymore, he won't. But Knoll was done in 7:06:59, so he said he still has some more left.

•All 50 states: It never gets old for Eugene Defronzo. After completing the marathon in 6:30:20, Defronzo has raced a marathon in all 50 states.

"It never gets old,” he said.

•Manirakiza sets record in half-marathon: Bernard Manirakiza continued a family tradition in winning the men's half-marathon, but he did so faster than anyone before him.

Manirakiza set the record with a time of 1:08:06, bettering the mark of 1:09:09 set last year by Jazz Carreon.

Manirakiza is the cousin of Gilbert Tuhabonye, who placed first in the half-marathon in 2005 and 2006 and was runner-up in 2007.



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