This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. 168 people died and thousands of lives were changed that historic day in Oklahoma City, and across our nation. What we learned in the face of terror, was that this community had amazing resiliency and courage. That good, indeed, did overcome evil. And as we mark years, many of those who will participate in the Run to Remember this year we’re not even born yet. And still, some will be painfully reminded of the lives lost, and of the scars, physical and emotional – some healed, some not.
So, we will train and run in the spirit and honor of all the people affected. We will run to honor their memories, celebrate life, reach for the future and united the world in hope. And so it goes. Life always goes on, and we must embrace our journeys, living each day fully, reminded that it could all be gone in an instant. So, we will celebrate life and embrace the journey!
So, with that being said, we kick off half marathon (and shorter distances) training for the April 26th event. We have a couple of half marathon programs, a 12 and a 16 week training cycle. You more experienced runners/walkers may opt for the 12 week cycle, since you may already be running regularly. For first time half marathoners and those who are just beginning again, the 16 week cycle offers a more gradual acclimation to building a solid base of time on your feet.
The 16 week half marathon cycle’s first group run is Saturday, January 10th.
We will be posting all locations for the group runs on our Facebook pages in OKC, Norman and Lawton. If you are not in an area where you can run with us, you can remotely train and keep up with the motivational messages as well. We are also on Twitter @runhers – so, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know! As they say, every journey begins with a single step, so take that small step outside your comfort zone, and join our community. We connect with all ages and abilities, so, you’ll always find support and community here at runhers! Let’s do this!