Written by Sarah Phipps

Run to remember

Run to remember by Sarah Phipps

Every year on the Sunday following the April 19 Remembrance Ceremony, thousands of runners flood the Oklahoma City streets for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. This year early in the morning 25,500 runners lined up near the 9:03 gate to begin their Run to Remember.

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Competitors take 168 seconds of silence during the15th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

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Spectators stand for the National Anthem before the 15th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

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People walk in front of the 9:01 gate before the15th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

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Competitors races in front of the 9:03 gate during the beginning of the the 15th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

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Competitors run in front of the State Capitol during the 15th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 26, 2015.

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A runner slaps a sign held by Jerry Arnold of Norman, Okla., on Lincoln Blvd. near NE 28th during the 15th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Arnold's fiancŽ, Kassidy Croslin, made the sign. P

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People dressed in banana suits on Gorilla Hill near NW 39th and Shartel encourage runners and hand out bananas during the 15th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 26, 2015.

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Runners pass the inflatable gorilla on Gorilla Hill near NW 39th and Shartel during the 15th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 26, 2015.

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In tradition, before the race begins many spectators and runners gather at the Survivor Tree for a Sunrise Service.

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People pray at the Sunrise service at the Survivor Tree before the15th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

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Ben Freeman prepares to sing for the Sunrise Service at the Survivor Tree before the15th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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People pray at the Sunrise service at the Survivor Tree before the15th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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People pray at the Sunrise service at the Survivor Tree before the15th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

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People pray at the Sunrise service at the Survivor Tree before the15th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

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“I run, it helps to clear my mind. And then I run this especially to honor my mom and all the167 others that passed away 20 years ago.I did (start running) five years ago because it was the first year I lived longer without my mom than I did with her. So that is when I started. Kyle Genzer

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Kyle Genzer prays at the chair of his mother, Jamie (Fialkowski) Genzer, before the15th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Oklahoma City. Genzer said he runs the race for his mom and the 168 other victims

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People pray at the Sunrise service at the Survivor Tree before the15th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

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