The Morning Brew: More than 23,000 run in OKC Memorial Marathon
Runners battled high humidity
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.
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.