More than 400 run with TeamOC at the OKC Memorial Marathon

Apr 29, 2018

Every year, Oklahoma City holds the Memorial Marathon downtown to honor and remember the lives that were lost on April 19, 1995. Oklahoma Christian University has been a long-time supporter of this race, and OC has one of the largest groups entered each year.

OC has 400 participants signed up to run this year. The members of TeamOC include students, faculty, community members and alumni.

Darci Thompson, who helps coordinate all of the race-day details, loves to see so many OC participants downtown on the day of the events.

“It doesn’t matter if you are out to walk the 5K or trying to win the half marathon, we are all out there supporting one another,” Thompson said.

OC participants all wear the same shirt so everyone can see the university has come together to finish the races strong.

“OC always has one of the largest groups at the marathon, and this is so encouraging to lots of other people who may not be familiar with our university to see what we stand for,” Thompson said.

Neil Arter, dean of students for OC, expressed his eagerness for race day.

“This is such a fun event that our students, faculty and community get to be involved in,” Arter said.

For TeamOC runners, there are two annual traditions. OC takes a group photo in front of the Freede Tower the Saturday before the race and hosts a pasta lunch for participants and their immediate family after the race.