OKLAHOMA CITY - At dawn Sunday, racers in wheel chairs were the first to take off at the 13th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.
Then a sea of shoes crossed the starting line for the 5K, half-marathon and marathon races.
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And in this mix were men wearing their work gear – firefighters with America on their backs. The gear added another 50 pounds to their body weight.
Firefighters from the Oklahoma City and Oak Cliff departments banned together as brothers, conquering the half marathon for Capt. John Werhun.
Amy Downs also ran for those lost in 1995.
“I was buried alive for six-and-a-half hours,” she said. “If I was buried alive for six-and-a-half hours and can make it through that, I can make it through…you can make it through this marathon.
Downs lost 18 of her co-workers, and while she runs past their names she remembers that she is a survivor. Just like Sarah Hunt.
This is Hunt’s second marathon ever. Her first marathon was cut short two weeks ago, less than a half-mile from the Boston Marathon finish line.
“Mixed emotions after going through that,” Hunt said. “Just like when I get to that point of mile 25.”
Each runner had their own reasons for running the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon but the main purpose was to remember the 168 lives lost 18 years ago.
“We said in '95 we will not forget, we will not forget,” Downs said. “Well guess what, we will not forget.”
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