All-new guests, announcements and inspiration!
The Run to Remember Memorial Marathon Podcast returns for a second season with new guests, returning favorites, event announcements, training tips and inspiration! The podcast continues its mission to celebrate the spirit of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon with 18 episodes, one released every Thursday leading up to Marathon weekend April 28-30.
Host Kristin Fares—a longtime Memorial Marathoner, mom and former educator—leads engaging conversations with runners, trainers and community members on all things race related; they’ll receive the latest updates from Race Director and President and CEO of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Kari Watkins; training tips from some of the biggest names in marathoning, plus fascinating behind-the-scenes stories from volunteers and employees along the course. Plus, hear powerful accounts from Oklahoma City bombing family members, survivors and first responders who remind us “Why We Run.”
Tune in during a run or walk, in the car or at home, the Run to Remember podcast is available on Apple, Spotify, Google, Amazon and at www.OKCMarathon.com/podcast. Subscribe now and take a closer look at the first three episodes below.
S2:E1 • New Year, New Season
Family Member Sara Sweet
In the premiere episode of the second season, we meet the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon’s new director of operations, Lynne Porter, who shares details of her new role alongside Race Director Kari Watkins. Then, get inspiration and training tips with a roundtable of representatives from five local marathon training groups: OK Runner, Wahoo, Landrunners, Red Coyote and Yukon Raw. The episode concludes with a conversation with Sara Sweet, who lost her father, Steven Williams, in the April 19, 1995, bombing and found the Memorial Marathon to be a natural outlet to celebrate how active he was throughout his life.
S2:E2 • Senior Marathon
Kari Watkins, Kristin Fares and Katie Qualls Fay
This year, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon welcomes a new way to get involved in race weekend. The Senior Marathon invites participants 65+ to walk or run 25 miles between now and Race Day, then complete the last 1.2 miles with cheering crowds on April 29! In this episode, get all the details from Senior Marathon Ambassador Jane Jayroe and Marathon Trustee Chris Fleming. Plus, the post-race burger tradition returns in 2023, and Brian Bogert and Courtney Mankin from Spark stop by to reflect on the news. To close the episode, Kristin Fares and Kari Watkins celebrate the life of “Ran Them All” marathoner Larry Qualls with his granddaughter, Katie Qualls Fay.
S2:E3 • The Mission
Kari Watkins, Kristin Fares and John Kennedy
In this episode, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum John Kennedy is in studio for an in-depth conversation about the mission of the Marathon and Memorial. Then, with 16 completed marathons under her belt, including the New York and Boston marathons, SSM Health Saint Anthony physician’s assistant Sarah Thompson details how she juggles a career, motherhood and marathon training. Runner Lydia Kirchman closes the episode as she shares how the Memorial Marathon provides a way for her to celebrate the life of her late father.
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Registration for the 23rd Annual OKC Memorial Marathon is open, with a distance and challenge for everyone. Can’t run? Check out a variety of ways to get involved and join.
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