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Runners make their way north on the Dr. G.E. Finely Bridge during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 29, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Runners make their way north on the Dr. G.E. Finely Bridge during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 29, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

On her second attempt, 29-year-old Kristen Radcliff finished first among women running in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Sunday morning. From The Oklahoman's Ed Godfrey: 

Growing up and running in the Panhandle equipped Kristen Radcliff with the mental toughness that races like the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon require.

"It's the best place to run," said Radcliff, the top female finisher in Sunday's marathon. "It's not hilly, but it's hot and windy. In western Oklahoma, the wind never stops blowing. If you can run there, you can run about anywhere."

On Sunday, Radcliff bested the field with a winning time of 2 hours, 54 minutes and 52 seconds. It was her first Memorial Marathon victory after finishing second last year in her first attempt.

More here.

Shawn Massey reacts after crossing the finish line for the half marathon during the Oklahoma City Marathon in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Sunday, April 29, 2018. . Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Shawn Massey reacts after crossing the finish line for the half marathon during the Oklahoma City Marathon in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Sunday, April 29, 2018. . Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

40-year-old first timer wins men's race 

Nathan Chamer hopped over the finish line banner, a smile plastered on his face. 

In his first ever marathon, Chamer took first place with a time of 2 hours, 33 minutes and 44 seconds.

Chamer, 40, was presented the winner's trophy and medal by Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. 

More here. 

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Runners pass south of state Capitol on Lincoln Blvd. during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 29, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Runners pass south of state Capitol on Lincoln Blvd. during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 29, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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