OKC Memorial Marathon: 2011 was a year like no other for one runner
Dressed as a unicorn, Leslie Driskill made lots of memories during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon last year.
Still, 2018 paled in comparison to 2011.
Driskill was seven months pregnant when she did the full marathon that year. She shared her story with The Oklahoman before the race, and it was picked up by a variety of other outlets, including Runners World.
"I'm not broken," she said then. "I'm pregnant."
The marathon, however, almost broke her. That year, the start of the race was delayed by thunderstorms, but because the Memorial Marathon was offering an early start, a practice it has since discontinued, Driskill was already on the course. She not only got rained on but also hailed on.
"I wanted to quit so many times," Driskill said, "but I was like, 'That news article ... '"
She knew runners in other parts of the world were keeping tabs on her; a friend had told her about people in Europe talking about looking up the pregnant runner's results. Despite being wet and cold and miserable, Driskill finished in 8:34:57.
"If it weren't for the news story," she said, "I probably would've withdrawn."
In July, Driskill gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
Jenni Carlson, Columnist
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