This race is very special to me personally for many reasons. Most of you know I have been on a personal health journey over the last couple of years and the ability to run for two hours and 13.1 miles is certainly a culmination of that. I have always been invested in this community because of the example my parents and our family has shown me, civic participation and community involvement was not an option in our family, it was a requirement and furthermore something to be honored. However, this race honors something much deeper, and much broader than my personal experiences or motivations. Yes, this is a race to remember, to remember those who died that day, to remember how we felt in Oklahoma and across this nation, to remember the first responders and their incredible bravery, to remember and to honor all of them. But in the words my own father helped to put so eloquently : "We come here to remember Those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity." This race is also about surviving, and maybe more importantly, living!! The Museum, which my Mother helped to form, is truly a "living memorial." An ongoing and ever changing testimony to surviving terrorism and violence and choosing to live well, accepting the past, changing the future, and even forgiving. I honor all of that when I run. I will run with friends, with peace in my heart, and with love for my amazing family. Let me take a moment to thank my loving and supportive wife without whom I certainly would not be running, and none of this would be possible. Thank you for our children and for our life and for choosing me. You are my light and my love and I am so thankful for you!