Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Anxiety about running marathon is normal

Because of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, organizers of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon say it's normal for people — especially children — to be anxious about the April 28 race in Oklahoma City.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 19, 2013

photo - RUN / RUNNERS / RUNNING: Runners start the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 29, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
RUN / RUNNERS / RUNNING: Runners start the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 29, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Because of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, organizers of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon say it's normal for people — especially children — to be anxious about the April 28 race in Oklahoma City.

They have been distributing to parents and teachers a handout with suggestions from Dr. Robin Gurwitch, a child psychologist that works with the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum on various projects, on how to deal with children about their fears.

“Part of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum's mission is to teach our children that the world holds far more good than bad,” said Kari Watkins, executive director of the memorial and museum.

“Send a positive message and let your family know the marathon's highest priority is the safety of all runners. We are confident the appropriate safety measures are in place.”

Among the tips offered to parents by Gurwitch include:

*Don't let your own fears be contagious. Process them with your peers, not your students or children.

*Give a positive message. Don't say, “I'm worried, too, but we just need to get over our fears.”

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by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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