The 13th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, an event dedicated to the memories of those who died in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building, is scheduled to be run April 28. The marathon’s website describes its mission:
As a tribute to the victims, family members and survivors of the bombing, Oklahoma City hosts the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.
We run to give to the Memorial. We run to involve the community, the nation, and perhaps the world in the continuing process of coping with the tragedy of the past. We run as a step toward a better future.
The idea to organize a marathon as a memorial to the bombing victims and survivors and as a fundraiser for the Oklahoma City National Memorial came to us early one morning during a training run. Since then, each year has brought growth and challenge. We credit God with getting us this far, and we trust Him to take us on.
Oklahoma City IS a Marathon City. The marathon is a wonderful analogy of the character of our people, the history of our trials and difficulties, and the way in which we have overcome and persevered. The Memorial Marathon provides an appropriate way for us to honor the victims and survivors, while at the same time celebrating the miracle of life. It is our hope that you will join people from all over Oklahoma, this nation and even the world in giving this gift to the victims’ families, the survivors, the Memorial, and our community.
We are watching the details of the Boston Marathon unfold. Once we know the details, we will review our safety and security plan and make any necessary adjustments.
The OKC Memorial Marathon was created because of the OKC bombing and since that time, our city has enjoyed unprecedented cooperation between city, county, state and federal officials.
As more information become available, we will post details on the Memorial and Marathon websites.
The Boston Marathon is the pinnacle of all races and our thoughts are with them as they deal with this. Our thoughts and prayers also go to the people of Boston and those impacted by today’s senseless tragedy.