Boston Strong Chicks to sport T-shirts at Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, benefit Boston victims

TULSA - Amid the thousands of fans and runners in Oklahoma City for the marathon Sunday will be a group of women donning blue T-shirts that read, "Boston Strong Chick."

The shirt is designed by Happy First founder Debbie Vinyard, who has a line of "strong chick" apparel.

Vinyard, who is selling the T-shirts for $30 each, will donate $5 from every shirt sold to The One Fund.

The One Fund was formed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help the people affected by the Boston terror attack at the Boston Marathon.

Vinyard hopes to be able to donate thousands of dollars to The One Fund, which has already accumulated more than $26 million in donations.

"I'm running out. I'm probably going to have to do another print run. It's kind of going crazy because I have people in California, Massachusetts, here, everywhere ordering because it's not just for the Oklahoma City race, it's for any race, or it's just to workout in," Vinyard said.

She got the idea from her friend Pamela Dominissi, a California native participating in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

"I really had a moment of 'I don't know if I want to go run the Oklahoma marathon,' to deal with all of the safety issues and security issues and then quickly I said, 'No way. We're not going to get stopped. We're going to do it.' But, you know, it was really kind of scary at first," Dominissi said.

Tulsan Brooke Martin will join Dominissi in Oklahoma City Sunday. This is Martin's second full marathon. She says she'll wear the shirt as a sign of solidarity between Oklahomans and Bostonians, two communities who've suffered unforgettable tragedy as the result of terrorism.

"I think it's exciting. That was an act of terrorism in Boston, and of course it was an act of terrorism in Oklahoma City, so I think it's exciting to run to show support, to show solidarity."

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon begins Sunday morning at 6:30.

For coverage of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon go to We will live stream our broadcast from the race Sunday beginning at 7 a.m.

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