My name is MK Tyler and I am currently a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma and am also a native of Oklahoma City. I have never, and probably, will never consider myself a true "runner." However, the Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon is something I will proudly lace up my running shoes as long as I am able. I was born in 1993 so I have no true memories of the events that unfolded in April of 1995. What I do know, is how the city responded. Growing up in the aftermath of the bombing, I have seen the city come together to never forget those who lost their lives as well as taking time to educate those who visit. I truly believe the Memorial is one of the most beautiful places in Oklahoma and provides a space of reflection and healing. Last year I ran the half marathon as part of my graduation bucket list before I finished my time at Baylor. What I experience during the half was nothing shy of exceptional. I was surrounded by people running to remember as well as thousands of spectators cheering us on. While I was surrounded by strangers, not one moment felt lonely because everyone around me was united under one goal: remembrance. I will be running again this year for those who can not and for the memorial. If you would like to donate to the memorial through my campaign I would be forever grateful. Thank you.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us