On Sunday, thousands of running enthusiasts converged in Oklahoma City to participate in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and American Fidelity Colleagues turned out in force to both participate and support the event.
For the 16th year – since the marathon’s inception – American Fidelity hosted a water stop at our buildings on Classen Boulevard to help hydrate and motivate runners in the full marathon, half marathon and marathon relay events. Of the nearly 25,000 participants who traveled down Classen on Sunday, several of them were our Colleagues.
About 50 Colleagues, family members and friends worked at the water stop, which is located about mile 23 of the full marathon, or mile 10 of the half marathon course. Volunteers were on-site from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to support the runners. The event is known as a “people’s marathon” because it welcomes racers of all skill levels to compete while also serving as a qualifier for the Boston marathon.
AF volunteer organizer Lisa Burchfield thanked Colleagues for giving up their time on a Sunday to support the racers and the “Run to Remember.”
“You made everything look easy,” Lisa wrote in an email to volunteers. “I know that’s because of your dedication to serving the runners and our community as we took time out to remember those lost and wounded in the federal building bombing as well as honor those who worked tirelessly searching through the rubble.”
Volunteers were proud to be part of the event.
“Thank you for the opportunity to volunteer! I had a wonderful time and look forward to helping in the future,” one volunteer said.
Another wrote, “I enjoyed (the opportunity to volunteer) and hope to be able to do more as the year goes by.”
The Memorial Marathon water stop is just one way American Fidelity supports our community. Learn more about other AF volunteer efforts.