Memory of victims lives on through race
With a light mist falling down on me, I crossed the start line of the 17th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and glanced over to my left on Harvey Avenue. It was 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning as me and the other runners in Corral A began our 13.1- or 26.2-mile journey through the streets of Oklahoma City.
I was running the half-marathon. Others were running the full. Some were running the 5K. But as my eyes drifted toward the message on the 9:03 West Gate of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, I was realized we were all running the same race.
My eyes fixated on the top line, "We come here to remember ..."
Over 25,000 of us toed the start line of Run To Remember with a similar purpose to honor the 168 people killed in the tragic Oklahoma City bombing in April of 1995.
As I sprinted on by the West Gate, a cool breeze washed over me. It very well could've been the chilly headwind out of the south. It also could've been the rush of emotion that makes your spine tingle when something hits home and sinks into your soul.
I tend to believe it was the latter.