They run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon for different reasons.
They run to remember the horrifying events of April 19, 1995, when Timothy McVeigh detonated a truck bomb that sheared off a third of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building killing 168 men, women and children, changing a city, state and nation forever.
They run to remember a loved one.
They run to celebrate life and all things good and positive.
Sunday morning, they also will run to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three and wounded more than 175.
Leslie Buford, a member of the Landrunners, an Oklahoma City running club, said this was her first time to miss the Boston Marathon in five years. She is in the final stages of preparing to run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.
Buford said she is running for two reasons — to support Boston and to honor W. Stephen Williams, 42, of Cashion, who was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing. Williams was an operations supervisor for the Social Security Administration. He is survived by his wife Barbara and three daughters. One of them, Sara Sweet, is a friend of Buford’s.
Buford, who works for OU Medical Center-Edmond, said marathoners are stubborn folk.
“I want to do better now,” she said. “There’s no way I’m not running Oklahoma City after this happened.”
Buford said she and her mother are committed to run the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Heath Jones, who directs the Oklahoma Christian University Jazz Ensemble and Sweat Band, said he is leaning toward trying to finish his first marathon on Sunday. Jones said he has participated in an 18-week training program, part of a decision to get healthier, and even if he doesn’t finish it would be an accomplishment.
Jones said he was extremely saddened when he heard about what happened in Boston. The threat of terrorism has crossed his mind.
“I’ve heard it said that if you change your lifestyle you give terrorists more power,” he said. “I try to keep living.”
Edmond resident Jena Walla, who finished her first marathon in Kansas a week before the Boston Marathon bombing, got her running club involved in a Boston Strong 5K in honor of the victims. Runners from several different clubs began Monday evening at First and Littler and made a loop through Edmond.
A week ago, Walla said she was taking the day off to recover from finishing the marathon in Kansas when she learned about the Boston Marathon bombing. Then she found out about the Boston Strong movement, which was a way for her to honor the victims.
“I was really passionate about wanting to do something,” she said.
The event is a way to unite as a community and to show that Americans will not be defeated, Walla said.
OKC Memorial Marathon set for Sunday
They run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon for different reasons.
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Logan County pays off jail tax early, seeks new one
Logan County is paying off a sales tax ahead of schedule and needs a new one to be able to afford funding jail operation and maintenance, officials said.
Citizens vote on the county sales tax which is split for redistribution by state law. The tax is collected by the Oklahoma Tax Commission and redistributed back to the county as specified by voters.
In 2005, citizens passed a 10-year sales tax, scheduled to end next month, to fund the building, operation and maintenance of the county jail, which operates on a $1.3 million budget. Jail capacity is 188 without anyone in a holding cell or a temporary bunk. Thursday it was holding 130 inmates, said Logan County Chief Deputy Richard Stephens.
Local man relies on experience in July 4 emergency
Andy Billups just happened to have gained experience as a combat zone firefighter/medic while he was serving as a civilian contractor in Iraq.
The Edmond businessman just happened to have a friend with a place on Grand Lake where he has been viewing Independence Day fireworks for a number of years, and he just happened to be there July 4.
And he just happened to be relaxing on a hammock when he heard a some kids making a commotion.
Located two blocks east of Disney on State Highway 28 in the foothills of the Ozark Mountain Range in northeast Oklahoma, the 59,000-plus surface acre Grand Lake is known for its state parks, marinas, restaurants, motels and fishing.
5-year-old learns valuable lessons
It is never too soon to learn about giving and receiving. An Edmond 5-year-old recently learned about both.
Kendall Kingry will be entering kindergarten at Will Rogers Elementary this fall and she is already looking forward to November.
“I get to go to Disneyland in November,” Kendall said.
Edmond School District’s change orders anticipated
When building new schools and classrooms there may be additional costs, but when renovating older buildings those costs can more than double, according to a Edmond School District official.
“When remodeling, you have unknown and hidden costs and you need to include in your budgeted funds for the built-in items you can not see,” said Bret Towne, Edmond’s associate superintendent of general administration.
OC welcomes missionary, military families
For the ninth consecutive year Oklahoma Christian University will host missionary and military families returning to the United States at Global Reunion 2014.
The July 23-27 camp has doubled in size in the last two years with 150 participants from 43 countries on campus.
The camp is for children who are known as Third Culture Kids (TCKs) though parents are allowed to attend sessions as well. Directors Kent and Nancy Hartman, missionaries-in-residence at OC, give tools and resources to families that have lived outside the United States and are now seeking to reenter U.S. culture. The Hartmans spent more than 10 years as missionaries in Australia and were surprised by the challenges of reintegrating their family into America.
Planning Commission approves rezoning
The Edmond Planning Commission this week voted 4-0 in favor of rezoning from a single family district. Peter and Kimberly Roberts made the request to allow a planned unit development on the southeast corner of Jackson and Lincoln Avenue, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.
“They would like to have D-2 family (neighborhood commercial) zoning for duplexes, 14,000 square feet,” Schiermeyer said. “They can put four units on the property.”
Out of the stressful wreckage: Scholarships for car crash victims
After the dust has settled, the injuries have healed and there’s a replacement car in the driveway, victims of automobile accidents often still face an uphill battle trying to move on with their lives. According to psychologists, for some the fear never really goes away. It’s common enough that the National Institutes of Health gives physicians specific recommendations for patients exhibiting acute stress symptoms and PTSD after motor vehicle accidents. With more than 3 million injury accidents a year nationwide, the San Francisco Bay Area personal injury law firm Appel Law Firm LLP, sees their share of the aftermath — only they decided to do something about it.
Agencies ask for volunteers to support grandparents who raise grandchildren
Local law enforcement agencies are helping Sunbeam Family Services provide much-needed school supplies to grandparents who are faced with the challenge of raising their grandchildren. According to a recent census poll, there are nearly three million grandparents raising more than five million grandchildren in the United States.
Ganns earn Yard of the Week honors
This week’s “Edmond Yard of the Week” winner has been in existence for 44 years at 105 Barbara Drive, but looks fresh and new thanks to longtime residents Betty and Gordon Gann as they fill their garden spaces to overflowing with colors and textures.
Krazy Daze hits downtown Edmond
Newly transplanted Edmond residents Hannah Brenning, Cheyenne Middle School 8th grader; Jordan Brenning, Cross Timbers 4th grader; and Sydney Brenning, North High School freshman; check out the items in front of Sterling's in downtown Edmond during the Krazy Daze Sale lasting through Saturday. Businesses will open their doors at 10 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m.
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