OKC Memorial Half-Marathon
Monday, May 02, 2011
I am still unable to capture in words all that this race held for me in terms of spirit, emotion, challenge, and pure experience. So until the words are in place, I'll just share a few pictures.
I'll set the tone by saying the conditions were more brutal than any that were anticipated. It was 40 degrees made frigid by 30 plus mph winds straight from the north, lightning, pouring rain save for about 10 min. of my race, and some even had hail to contend with...luckily I missed that. Even with all of that, the level of excitement, joy, and just pure pleasure to be in the midst of and participating in such an amazing, spirit filled event exceeded anything I have ever felt. I am left with a case of post-race blues today wishing I could do it all over again, just the same, every day. Over 25,000 participants ran, walked, or wheelchaired their personal distances in unison to remember lives cut short and lives forever changed and left behind by the tragic events of April 19, 1995. Though we were thoroughly soaked and chilled to the bone, there was certainly no dampening of spirits or determination in any way. It was completely to the contrary and an awe inspiring privilege to have witnessed and participated in.
"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us," Ephesians 3:20