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OKC Memorial Marathon: Run to remember, and with resolve

by Berry Tramel Modified: April 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm •  Published: April 16, 2013
Runners flow past the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum at the beginning of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 29, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Runners flow past the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum at the beginning of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 29, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Runners flow past the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum at the beginning of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 29, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

My wife has taken up running. Trish the Dish is 53, though she looks 33, and her mother died of cancer at age 53. As a tribute to her mother, the Dish decided to run a half marathon. So she’s been training — is up to nine miles — and has signed up for the Memorial Marathon.

Then came Monday, when an explosion ripped through the Boston Marathon and once again our sense of security in America. The Boston Marathon came 13 days before the Memorial Marathon, which has become an Oklahoma City institution in the wake of the 1995 Murrah Building bombing.

And it left many with questions Monday. Should the Memorial go on? Should runners participate? My sister-in-law called Monday and suggested we talk the Dish into running a half marathon on a course we set up ourselves. She promised to set up all kinds of aid stations and well-wishers and anything else needed, just to keep her sister from running downtown on April 28.

And truth is, lots of people will feel that way. The Dish said the Boston blasts at least gave her pause.

But the Memorial Marathon should go on, and I hope all the runners stick with the race, including my wife. For several reasons. Not the least of which is the full-court press.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the 25-year anniversary of Kansas’ upset of OU in the 1988 NCAA title game. The theme of that game was Kansas’ frenzied first half, when the Jayhawks forged a 50-50 tie with the Sooners, refusing to wilt against OU’s full-court press. Both Larry Brown and his Jayhawks talked about how the only way to respond to a press is with aggression. You’ve got to attack the press, else it never goes away.

Same with terrorism, be it foreign, domestic or just some lulu bird. You can’t give in. You can’t let them win by changing our way of life. Can’t let them win by taking from us the things we enjoy.

Besides, the Memorial Marathon is safer now than it was two days ago. The tragedy in Boston raises the awareness all over. At the London Marathon this weekend, OKC the next weekend, whatever sporting or public events are on tap.

The Memorial is a race for remembrance. So don’t let us forget how we responded to terrorism. With resolve and determination that the bastards won’t win.

 

 

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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