507th Air Refueling Wing members take part in Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
By Senior Airman Mark Hybers, 507th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 30, 2013
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Master Sgt. Chris Bohannon of the 507th Command Post sporting bib number 3408 participates in his very first marathon. He ran the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Sunday April 28, 2013. Bohannon, who said running a marathon was on his bucket list, managed to finish the marathon in a very respectable time of just over five hours and escaped with only minor foot pain.
This year marked the thirteenth annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The marathon began as a way to remember those who died in the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.
The race began with 168 seconds of silence to remember those who passed on that April day. Runner's crossed the start line at 6:30 a.m. at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. The race took runners around the Capital and through some historic neighborhoods as well as through Nichols Hills. Runners also enjoyed some scenery around Lake Hefner before winding back downtown to the finish line at 12th and Broadway.
Staff Sgt. Natalie Pharr, 507th Air Refueling Wing Force Support Squadron stands with retired Chief Master Sgt. Brian Ferris after completing the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon's half marathon Sunday April 28, 2013. This is not the first half marathon for Pharr, who said between a full school schedule and a full time job, she wasn't able to train as much as she has in the past.
Pharr said she was happy and completely surprised that she was able to run the entire race and finish with a decent time.