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

“I remembered how much it took me to lose all the weight and knew that I could do anything. I was unstoppable.”

Sunday, he'll run for the second time in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

Training this year is a bit different, as he's worked out with Sara Williams, who will run her first marathon this weekend.

But it has helped Meyer stick with the training this time around.

Twice since his first marathon finish, Meyer has signed up for a marathon before dropping out.

“I think it's because I didn't have that accountability,” Meyer said. “Now, training with her, I feel like a failure if I don't train and get myself ready for it.”

While the confidence that his transformed image certainly helped, the knowledge that he had been through that much work to accomplish his goals boosted Meyer just as much.

“I instantly became a goal-setter,” he said.

Meyer started a student council at Forgan High School.

This year, as a senior, he's the student council president, the senior class president and the yearbook editor, among other responsibilities.

He's planning on going to the University of Oklahoma next year and majoring in international business.

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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