Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Slayde Meyer's weight-loss journey leads him to marathon

Slayde Meyer is running in his second Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. That's just one of the many goals he's accomplished since he began losing weight in 2008.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 22, 2012

Slayde Meyer didn't see himself as being that heavy.

But when applying to go on a mission trip in the summer between his eighth-grade and freshman years at Forgan, Meyer calculated his body mass index to make sure he was eligible to be selected.

“According to that, I was obese,” Meyer said. “That's when I knew I had to change.”

So Meyer started with the basics of weight loss — diet and exercise.

Meyer started his weight-loss journey at around 300 pounds.

From October 2008 to April 2009, he lost around 90 pounds. By the summer, he was another 10 pounds lighter.

It didn't take long after Meyer started running, his preferred workout routine, that running a marathon became a goal.

His uncle had run seven marathons.

“I always thought it'd be an amazing thing to do,” Meyer said.

Just two months after he began losing weight, Meyer was running five miles. In the spring of 2009, he entered his first race, running the 10k at the Redbud Classic.

Two weeks later, he ran the half marathon in Oklahoma City.

The next year, he accomplished the goal he'd set when he started losing the weight — to run a marathon by the time he turned 18 — at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

“The moment I crossed the finish line, my life completely changed,” Meyer said. “That was my proudest moment through this process.

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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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