By Sam Jack
GARDEN PLAIN – Garden Plain High School careers teacher Gina Clark and her son, Dylan, ran in the Run to Remember in Oklahoma City on April 29.
The run, a fundraiser for the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, has been held every year since 2001. More than 20,000 runners participate in memory of those killed when domestic terrorists blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.
Gina Clark’s husband, Alan, died in February 2016, and she ran the half marathon at the Run to Remember a couple months later.
“I was looking for something to fill my time, give me a challenge, keep me focused and kind of keep me getting up each day with a goal in mind,” she said. “I ran 5Ks off and on over the years, and I was looking for something a little more intense.”
In Oklahoma City that year, she met a daughter of Dr. Peggy Clark (no relation), one of those who died in the bombing.
“I got to visit with her a little bit. I ran it kind of for myself that first year, but after that, I decided I need to go back in the following years to honor (the victims),” Gina Clark said.
In 2017, Gina Clark returned and ran the full marathon. Her son Dylan came along to support her, and afterward said that he wanted to take part in the Run to Remember in 2018. He ran in the 5K last month.
“They do 168 seconds of silence at the beginning of the race, for the 168 victims of the bombing. That’s a highlight, because there’s 25,000 people on the course, all quiet at the same time. It’s pretty cool that they do that,” Gina Clark said. “It’s nice to see a lot of people doing good things for a good reason. I think we need more of that.”
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