Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
Kimray, an Oklahoma City-based manufacturer of oil and gas control equipment, recently announced a $50,000 donation to the 2013 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon as part of a $250,000 five-year pledge. This donation, along with the company’s continued support since the marathon was founded 13 years ago, establishes Kimray as the Pacesetter Sponsor for the race.
In addition to the $50,000, Kimray also will be staffing the water station along the final stretch of the half marathon at 13th Street and Broadway Avenue.
“Kimray has been one of our strongest partners,” said Kari Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. “We are excited to see that partnership continue with this five-year pledge of support. We look forward to watching Kimray volunteers cheer on the participants passing through their water stop this year. We are thankful for our community partners who can be counted on year after year to make this special event a success through their own financial contributions and hard work.”
Kimray has played a significant role in the marathon’s history. Beginning with the inaugural run, Kimray provided operational and administrative support for the race, handling everything from race registration processes to making sure the course was safe and ready for runners on race day.
“Our commitment to the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon has been enthusiastic since its founding,” said Joshua Fahrenbruck, communications director at Kimray. “This race embodies the hope, resilience and sense of community we have come to know as the ‘Oklahoma Standard,’ and it has been amazing to witness its growth into one of the country’s top marathons. Ensuring the race continues to succeed and grow is important to us.”
The 2013 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon will take place on April 28, and more than 24,000 people are expected to participate.