Andrea Miles remembers what the sports world did for the Yankees after September 11.
As a self-proclaimed die-hard Yankees fan who “has to watch the playoff games at home by myself because I'm such a nut,” Miles watched other MLB teams embrace the Yankees after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Miles decided she wanted to return the favor to Boston.
“When you think about Boston, what do you associate with it?” she said. “The Boston Red Sox. What if everyone wore red socks? What a great visual and it's something everyone can do.”
So the Yankees fan shared her idea with her colleagues and the message spread quickly through the Oklahoma City running community. When Miles runs in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 28, she will be wearing red socks and she's encouraging everyone — runners, volunteers, spectators, kids in the kid's marathon — to wear red socks, too.
She's calling it Red Socks for Boston.
“It's a way we can embrace Boston,” Miles said. “Living in Oklahoma City, we understand, sadly, more than most what Boston is going through.”
Her colleague, Dustin Davis, already decided he will be wearing red socks.
“It’s a great way to show respect and honor to Boston,” said Davis, who already bought multiple pairs of red socks, said.
Local running stores have already fueled the idea. Both OK Runner, located in Edmond and Norman, and Fleet Feet in Tulsa placed special orders for red socks.
Miles is in the process of creating a Facebook page for people to upload links to places where they can buy red socks or share their own ideas. The page, which will be completed by Thursday night or Friday morning, is called Red Socks for Boston.
“We hope to see a sea of red socks on race day,” Miles, who has been running in races since 2007, said.
Most runners, though, are particular when it comes to the socks they wear on race day.
Some like a certain fit or the way they stay dry or that they've never gotten blisters from the specific pair.
Miles is aware of that too. Runners of the Oklahoma City running community have already suggested wearing red compression tights. Some even went as far to suggest cutting the foot part out of a pair of baseball socks and wearing the top part as a legging.
“The running community in Oklahoma has already really supported the idea,” Miles said. “I'm stunned by the enthusiasm, but I shouldn't be. As Oklahomans we always really embrace and support each other.”
GREEN LACES, RED SOCKS
Oklahoma City is supporting Boston beyond just red socks.
Green shoe laces can also be purchased at the race in remembrance of the Oklahoma City bombing, which happened 18 years ago.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial will also be passing out stickers to all runners that have a yellow ribbon surrounded by the words: ‘We Stand Together.' Both the Oklahoma City National Memorial emblem and the Boston Marathon emblem are also included on the sticker.
The stickers are being printed locally at RPM-Rainbow Pennant.
The National Memorial said it's “proud to keep business” in Oklahoma. The medals, flags and road safety equipment were also purchased locally.