|Updated: 4/30/2013 9:26 am
||Published: 4/28/2013 10:30 pm
24,000 runners from all over the world ran in in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on Sunday.
Before the race began at 6:30 a.m. a prayer service was held beneath the Survivor Tree and 168 moments of silence were observed in honor of those who died in the Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995. Many of the participants and spectators said the purpose of the event was clear.
“It’s not just about running a mile or a distance it’s about being here and supporting the city,” said spectator Sara McCauley.
Alison Peck attended the event to support her daughter who running the marathon. She told FOX23 reporter Brittany Jeffers there were a lot of emotions centered on the event.
“It’s all very hard to take in,” said Peck, “All of the people who lost their lives in '95 and then you think about their families and what they deal with.”
Oklahoma City Bombing survivor and member of runHERS organization, Sheila Kidder, says the support for the marathon and the city is touching and motivating.
“As long as I can run in others memory than I am going to do that,” said Kidder.
Another runHERS runner, Sarah Walker, says that the bombing in Boston didn’t detour her from wanting to run.
“I don’t think that you can let something like that change your mind or change what you are doing,” said Walker. “You just have to know that it all going to be ok.”
Half marathon runner, Trey Rodman, says the events in Boston inspired him to train even harder for the OKC marathon.
“I’m running for the people who lost their lives,” said Rodman, “Me and a lot of others want to run it even more because of what happened and I do think that we are Oklahoma strong.”
An Edmond man and a Fairfax woman are the winners of the 13th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.
Jake Buhler completed the 26.2 mile course through downtown Oklahoma City Sunday morning in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 13 seconds to win the men's title.
McKale Davis was the top women's finisher — running the course in 2 hours, 53 minutes and 30 seconds.
This year's marathon also included several who ran in the Boston Marathon but were unable to complete the course after bombs exploded near the finish line. Oklahoma City marathon sponsors waived the $150 registration fee for them.