The Oklahoman sports reporters have been writing some great stuff this week as they’ve been telling the stories of some of the people who are running in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on Sunday.
The coverage began this past Sunday when Jenni Carlson wrote about the impact of the Oklahoma City Memorial on Thunder player Royal Ivey.
But then the coverage shifted away from professional athletes and to the everyday people with a story to tell.
Ryan Aber wrote a piece about Slayde Meyer, a teenager from Forgan who has lost more than 100 pounds and is running his second marathon. He’s changed his life.
Ed Godfrey told the story of Brendan Brustad, who will be running a half-marathon while carrying a 168-pound pack on his back. Seriously … 168 pounds? I’m not sure I could carry that pack for 13 feet, let alone 13 miles.
Jenni Carlson wrote about the Pendleton family, which participates in the marathon every year as a reminder of survival. Their son was at the YMCA day-care facility and survived the blast in 1995. Todd Pendleton was on the scene moments after the bombing, holding his bloodied son Evan and helping others to safety.
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