BENEFITING: OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
EVENT: Oklahoma City Marathon 2013
EVENT DATE: Apr 28, 2013
I run to feel…
On April 19, 1995 my world, as many others, changed forever. I was fortunate that after my father passed, that there were kind people who donated time and money which allowed me to pursue my higher education at no cost to me or my mother. Through this generosity I was able to graduate college and later obtain my Juris Doctor at Oklahoma City University School of Law. I can say that without the support of kind and complete strangers, I am not sure I would be where I am today. I am now married, and have three children of my own.
Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about my father. When an event like this happens, you spend years wondering what you can do to help, heal, and cope. For me, the answer came when I met my wife. When I met my wife she was just starting to get into running marathons. Now when I was younger I would say I was pretty athletic, but the idea of running a marathon was far from my radar. When she told me how fun it was and good you felt when all the hard work paid off, I thought I would give it a try and no better place than the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. This year will be my 7th running of the 26.2 mile course.
I have been asked many times why I run and it has taken me a while to come up with an answer. For me it is simple, I run to feel. While I am out on the course running the marathon my mind is free to go back and think about my father and all the good that people have done since this event. As the years pass for me, so has the emotion. But when you are running 26.2 miles starting and finishing in the spot the tragedy took place, emotion is on the surface. Mixed with complete physical and mental fatigue, emotion is present with nearly everyone there, running or not. So, I run to feel. I run to feel the physical pain of hard work and sacrifice that reminds me of all the hard work and sacrifice that complete strangers put in for families like mine. I run to feel the emotion that I suppress 364 days of the year. Finally, I run to feel the love and support that is still there for families like mine.