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What they're saying about the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

Compiled by Erik Horne Published: April 25, 2014
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“With Oklahoma City, the big factor is always the weather. In all likelihood, it’s going to be windy. You don’t know what the weather conditions are going to be.”

— Mary Mikkelson, Landrunners Oklahoma City running club

“Oklahoma City is probably one of the most enjoyable in that the terrain is not the most challenging, but the number of people that come out and support it is really inspiring. It’s a lot of fun to run.”

Jason Soper, marathon participant

“This course I think it’s a very fair course. You’ve got some rolling hills and things like that, but I think the biggest thing for Oklahoma City is the wind. To me, personally, that’s my biggest enemy when it comes to running. When you have to buck that headwind for a long time, it really takes a lot out of you.”

National Distance Running Hall of Famer and motivational speaker Dick Beardsley

“The running community countrywide talks a lot. The word gets around. A lot of people will come to a first-time event, especially with such a great cause, and they won’t return if the efficiency isn’t in the race. I hear every year multiple times ‘you have to run this race. They treat you like you’re an elite runner.’”

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon liaison Mark Bravo

“I’ve raced a marathon on five continents. I’ve won a marathon on five continents. What I like (about Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon) is that I just thought there was such a response. It’s powerful.”

National Track and Field Hall of Famer and four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers