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OKC runner comes up with idea to honor Boston Marathon bombings at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Modified: April 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm •  Published: April 18, 2013

/articleid/3788952/1/pictures/2020414">Photo - RUN / RUNNERS / RUNNING: 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
RUN / RUNNERS / RUNNING: 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

Miles is in the process of creating a Facebook page for people to upload links to places where they can buy red socks or share their own ideas. The page, which will be completed by Thursday night or Friday morning, is called Red Socks for Boston.

“We hope to see a sea of red socks on race day,” Miles, who has been running in races since 2007, said.

Most runners, though, are particular when it comes to the socks they wear on race day.

Some like a certain fit or the way they stay dry or that they've never gotten blisters from the specific pair.

Miles is aware of that too. Runners of the Oklahoma City running community have already suggested wearing red compression tights. Some even went as far to suggest cutting the foot part out of a pair of baseball socks and wearing the top part as a legging.

“The running community in Oklahoma has already really supported the idea,” Miles said. “I'm stunned by the enthusiasm, but I shouldn't be. As Oklahomans we always really embrace and support each other.”


GREEN LACES, RED SOCKS

Oklahoma City is supporting Boston beyond just red socks.

Green shoe laces can also be purchased at the race in remembrance of the Oklahoma City bombing, which happened 18 years ago.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial will also be passing out stickers to all runners that have a yellow ribbon surrounded by the words: ‘We Stand Together.' Both the Oklahoma City National Memorial emblem and the Boston Marathon emblem are also included on the sticker.

The stickers are being printed locally at RPM-Rainbow Pennant.

The National Memorial said it's “proud to keep business” in Oklahoma. The medals, flags and road safety equipment were also purchased locally.

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