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Oklahoma City Memorial Kids Marathon connects students, shared history

More than 120 students at Monroe Elementary School will finish the last 1.2 miles of their Kids Marathon this Sunday, and Kimray Inc. has paid their entry fee. Thomas Hill, president of Kimray, is one of the founders of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: April 27, 2012 at 9:28 am •  Published: April 27, 2012
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The company paid the $10 entry fee for each Monroe student who wanted to run.

“We're in a very low socio-economic school,” Kremeier said. “Whenever you have sponsors like Kimray that can help our kids out in our community, it just makes things happen.”

The president of Kimray, Thomas Hill, also is a co-founder of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. He said connecting young people with the Oklahoma City National Memorial and its mission becomes more important as each year passes.

“We have to transition to teaching the lessons of peaceful resolution,” Hill said.

“We have to teach that to younger generations — younger generations that didn't experience what we did firsthand.”

Knocking out the $10 entry fees for students at Monroe Elementary is about more than making a donation, Hill said.

He wants to send a message to students that they can achieve their goals regardless of income, geography and circumstances.

“Their current circumstances and their current situation doesn't define them,” Hill said.

“Their response defines them. That's what Oklahoma City learned. The evil didn't define us. The response to that evil defined us. Teach these kids they can control their destiny by their actions. Who wouldn't want their kid to believe that?”


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