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Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Edmond runner Eric Cayot plans to double up

Eric Cayot plans to run 26 miles in the hours before the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon begins Sunday morning, and then immediately afterward run the marathon.
by Ed Godfrey Modified: April 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm •  Published: April 26, 2012

Cayot said his motivation is simply to raise awareness for the Memorial Marathon. Of all the races he has entered, the Memorial Marathon is the one that means the most to Cayot. It's a sentiment shared by many Memorial Marathon participants.

“There is not a race around that compares to it, primarily because of the reason behind it,” Cayot said. “I find myself thinking about it during training runs and it sometimes just gets the better of me. The Memorial Marathon is easily the most emotional run because there is so much meaning behind it.

“Running in itself is emotional for me and there is absolutely no feeling like when you finish the Memorial Marathon. I bet there are more tears shed at that finish line than anywhere else in Oklahoma City at any time of the year.”

Cayot was a high school student in Okeene when 168 people were killed in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building.

“I remember the TV coming on at the time and everybody huddled up around it, just like they did everywhere else around the country,” Cayot said. “We couldn't believe what we saw. It's great to have the marathon so nobody forgets.”

Cayot invites other runners to join him for the double-marathon if they want.

“I would love to have some company,” he said. “I think it is going to be a pretty enjoyable time, if the weather cooperates.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
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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