Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Camille Herron's second marathon victory didn't come easily

It was a two-hour, 51-minute and 20-second struggle to win the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon for the second time despite adverse conditions that left the Warr Acres resident receiving minor medical attention following the race.
by Jacob Unruh Published: April 27, 2014

As Camille Herron rested on a medical table Sunday afternoon, the reality of her struggle started to come into focus.

“This was a gut-buster,” she said.

To be exact, it was a two-hour, 51-minute and 20-second struggle to win the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon for the second time despite adverse conditions that left the Warr Acres resident receiving minor medical attention following the race.

Herron is a marathon veteran having won 13 different races in 10 states, but Sunday was her personal worst time, though possibly her most impressive performance to date.

“She’s a lot better than I will ever be,” said her husband and coach Conor Holt, the men’s race record holder and two-time winner. “It’s great I’m able to be a part of it and coach her. These things are all part of it and you just got to go with the flow. She’s a trooper, I’ll give her that.”

Severe weather conditions delayed the start of the race nearly two hours, forcing Herron into a tough position with her nutrition intake.

She normally eats 75-90 minutes before a race, but Sunday was forced to adjust and use an energy gel just before the start. That wore off about Mile 10, just as the temperature and humidity began to rise.

“After that, it was like survival of the fittest,” Holt said.

by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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