OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — Believe it or not, the 2022 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is less than a month away and runners are perfecting their craft before it.
This includes Governor Kevin Stitt and a special group of families and law enforcement officers who are all running for a reason.
“There’s just something about being involved in the community and being active and that’s what I tell people, it’s just that it’s really fun to be involved in this type of thing. event,” Stitt said.
2022 marks Governor Stitt’s fourth year in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon relay race.
This training run on sacred ground brings together people from all walks of life.
“That’s the spirit of what happened on April 19 and in the climb from that, that’s really the epitome of Oklahoma,” runner Chris Fleming said. “I think there is nothing more that you feel connected to the community both with the past and with the future than being involved in this race and this organization.”
This connection is deep; from the 33 “Ran Them Alls” who have participated in each Memorial Marathon, to the families who approach their race as a united front.
“Aidan has struggled with autism his whole life and I’m really proud of him,” said runner David Walsh, accompanied by his son Aidan. “We started running together. He has progressed so much. It was amazing, really.
Every step is a tribute to those we have lost, to those who have survived and to those whose lives have been changed forever.
“My home economics teacher actually lost a grandchild in daycare,” Fleming said. “So we raced for them, raced for Steve Curry’s family, who was a babysitter dad that my cousins and I had grown up with.”
“We’ve all heard the stories of the people who were affected and it still affects our community today,” Stitt said. “Everyone in Oklahoma, come join us. Gather a team, your office pool, your family. It’s so much fun to get out and participate in such an important event.
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