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Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

25,500 runners took to the streets of Oklahoma City early Sunday morning and thousands more volunteers and spectators cheered them on – all to Run to Remember.

Scott Downard, a Norman High School Track and Cross Country coach, was the first marathoner to cross the finish line at 2:31:30. “It feels awesome. There’s a lot emotion in this race, it’s eluded me for a while. I’ve run it several times and put all my emphasis on getting the win today. I wasn’t confident til I crossed the finish line,” Downard said after his run.

Camille Herron, the first three time Memorial Marathon champion, broke through the finish tape at 2:54:55. Herron, of Warr Acres, Oklahoma, was also the female Memorial Marathon winner in 2014 and 2012. “After 20 years, I’m still inspired. I have a lot of pride to be a native Oklahoman. I want to inspire the kids from Oklahoma to keep running because it doesn’t stop …you can keep going.” Herron has won a total of 18 marathons world-wide.

This running celebration of life, brings in participants from all across Oklahoma, 46 states, the District of Columbia, and 7 countries including Japan, China, Germany and the UK. Female participants edged out men slightly – more than 60% of the runners are women.

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Voted one of the 12 ‘must-run’ marathons in the world by Runner’s World magazine, the 26.2 miles of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon are packed with cheering supporters and the most beautiful neighborhoods in Oklahoma City. Compete against some of the top runners in the region, and join more than 25,000 participants on the starting line running to remember the 168 people who were killed in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995. This race serves as a testimony that good can overcome evil.

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is a Boston qualifying USATF sanctioned race, but it is also a fundraising event to support the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. The Memorial’s future depends on our runners’ fundraising efforts. Today, Oklahoma City stands as a symbol of hope and resilience. Recovery after the bombing was a marathon in its own right, and our runners and donors are the driving force in making sure this story is told forever.