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
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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

*Let children share their thoughts and feelings with you. Don't ask them if they are scared or afraid about running the race. Say, “Tell me what you think about running in this race.”

*You cannot promise them that nothing will happen. Let them know that there are people, police, fire, all kinds of helpers whose job it is to do everything they can to make the run as safe as it can possibly be.

*Teachers, parents, caregivers, family members and friends should be encouraging. Tell children that “I strongly believe that this run will be safe for you. Everything that can be done to keep the race safe is being done. I support you in running this race.”

*Remind them to watch out for each other and to tell an adult if they are worried about anything.

*Their message can be, “I'm running to show there are more good people in the world than bad people, and violence doesn't win.”

*Be vigilant and not fearful.

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by Ed Godfrey
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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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