An open letter from Oklahoma regarding the Boston Marathon

As an Oklahoma native, finisher of 7 marathons- 3 of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon- it’s first 3 runs ever these are my sentiments. I will never forget that day- April 19th 1995- it was long before terrorism was center stage in our world. Then again, perhaps it was just my coming of age, thrust into the real world out of my perfect world. Read this and I will tell a fun God story tomorrow.


Dear Boston,

It’s hard to find the right words. But we feel your pain, shock and sadness. Deep within us.

In a little less than two weeks, people from all over Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma are going to gather to run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. It’s a great race, the state’s biggest. And while competition and achievement are high on the list for those of us going, there is a higher purpose for the event: To highlight the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

In a matter of a few days, we here in Oklahoma are going to reflect on the event that gave rise to the Memorial, and later the marathon that bears its name. It was on April 19, 1995, that Timothy McVeigh exploded a huge truck bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 people — including 19 children…

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