BENEFITING: OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Apr 28, 2013
I'm a history teacher and a runner. And this event speaks to both those parts of me. As a history teacher I seek to read about, go to and teach middle school students about sacred places. For me, a sacred place is not only where something significantly historical happened, but also where a great loss occurred. The loss was such that it holds the power to give us lessons not only about the events that took place, but about our world today and our own place in it. The Oklahoma City National Memorial is such a place. I first went to the Museum and Memorial of the site of the 1995 bombing a couple years ago. I was able to spend a couple hours there alone, walking, reading, viewing and reflecting upon the lessons of 168 innocent lives lost. It was a very moving visit.
Running is an activity I took up about the same time I first went to Oklahoma City. Aside from the physical health benefits, it is an activity that gives me time to reflect, process and contemplate. This year's annual Oklahoma City Marathon, which starts and ends at the memorial site, will be my fifth marathon. I chose this marathon location specifically so that I might run in the midst of this site and bring together the seeking out of lessons from history and from running. The marathon itself, in addition to being a positive, healthy community event designed to contrast the tragic events of April 19, 1995, is a fundraiser for the Oklahoma City Museum and Memorial.
I think it is important that we support such places across our American landscape. They are places where we can properly remember and honor, but also look forward and ponder the more perfect union that we have been seeking and failing to find for a long time. Please support this run I'm doing by considering a gift to the Oklahoma City Museum and Memorial. Thank you.