Early storm forces delay of Oklahoma City Marathon

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A pair of runners from Norman have won the 2014 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

Jason Cook, 32, won his first Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in a time of 2:42:29. It was his eighth OKC Marathon.

Camille Herron, 32, crossed the finish line in 2:51:20 to take the women's title.

Severe storms forced organizers to delay the marathon just before runners were set to take the course.

Sunday's race was scheduled to start at 6:30 a.m., but inclement weather that formed west of the city moved into the area around sunrise. Organizers pushed the race back until around 8:15 a.m. to let the storm move through. Downtown buildings opened to provide shelter to the runners.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for downtown Oklahoma City, where the 26.2-mile race starts. It warned of wind gusts to 50 mph and quarter-sized hail.

The Storm Prediction Center says conditions will be worse later Sunday to the east of Oklahoma City. It says tornadoes are possible from Nebraska and Iowa southward to north Louisiana.

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