OKLA. CITY —
Officials were not aware of any security issues during the 2013 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, said Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Nelson.
Following the Boston Marathon bombings, security measures were beefed up in Oklahoma City, Nelson said. They included an “if you see something, say something” pre-race admonition to runners and spectators.
Before the race, in addition to pausing for 168 seconds in remembrance of the Oklahoma City bombing victims, runners and bystanders paused three seconds in remembrance of the three people killed near the finish line at the Boston Marathon earlier this month.
A number of those who didn’t get to finish in Boston ran in Oklahoma City. Runners showed their support for the city by wearing red socks or Boston-related T-shirts.
Nelson said security measures related to the event went pretty much as expected. He thanked the runners and spectators for doing their part.
“In Oklahoma we look out for each other,” Nelson said.
Race Director Chet Collier said he is extremely appreciative of the efforts of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon’s 35 co-chairmen, the more than 4,000 volunteers, the security effort and the cooperation of the City of Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Police Department placed a nearly invisible security “shield” around the event, he said.
Other highlights included the inclusion of the runners who didn’t get to finish the Boston Marathon and the response to a medical situation at the end of the race, Collier said.
“It was a run to remember,” he said, repeating the event’s tagline.
Edmond runner Jake Buhler won the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon for the second year in a row.
The women’s marathon winner was McKale Davis.
Nelson said an estimated 40,000 people including spectators were in the downtown area for the event.
The runners were greeted by near-ideal conditions during much of the race — temperatures in the 50s and sunny skies — and enthusiastic supporters at various points along the 26.2-mile course lined by 168 banners, one for each OKC bombing victim.
The mission of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is to celebrate life, reach for the future, honor the memories of the 168 bombing victims and unite the world in hope. It benefits the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.
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