“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.”