Sunday, April 28, at 6:30 a.m.

Thousands of people run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and they all have their reasons. Some run to test their personal best (the event is USA Track & Field sanctioned and a Boston Marathon qualifier) or compete, while others run to accomplish a long-held goal. They all run, however, to remember and support the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, the nonprofit organization created to commemorate the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and 168 lives lost when the Murrah Federal Building was destroyed by terrorists. The self-sustaining organization has held the event which includes a half marathon, marathon relay, 5k run and kids marathon in addition to the individual marathon annually since 2001 raising much needed funds for the museum’s maintenance and operation. Events start on April 28 before the memorial’s 9:03 Gate on Harvey Avenue and Fifth Street. If ever there was a place to draw strength and courage for any obstacle (especially in light of recent events in Boston), it is there. For more,

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