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OKC Memorial Marathon: Special Olympian has 'perfect' finish

Chris Paynter and Julie Moore have been training together for three years. On Sunday, the friends finished a third half-marathon together.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 29, 2012
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Chris Paynter and Julie Moore crossed the finish line Sunday, marking a personal best in the duo's third half-marathon together.

Paynter, 37, is a Special Olympics athlete, and Moore a 25-year volunteer with the organization. They met 15 years ago and “have been friends ever since,” Moore said.

“About three years ago, Chris asked me to train with him,” Moore said. “I'm not a runner, but I knew if he could do it, I could do it, too.

“He asked, I said yes and I couldn't disappoint him.”

The two have also run together in other races, including the Redbud Classic.

Paynter has won several weightlifting gold medals and is an “amazing athlete,” Moore said, adding that he is her inspiration.

When asked how it felt to cross the finish line, Paynter thought for several seconds before answering, “Perfect.”

He paused again.

“Just perfect.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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