Altus_An Altus Airman is running to remember those lost in the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. It remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in US history, which is why honoring the victims has been a priority to residents of not only the state, but the country. One way they're honoring the victims is with the 8th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon this weekend. But, one Altus Airman is gearing up to run what he calls a remembrance.
Airman Brendan Brustad will begin running tomorrow, and he will run one mile for every victim lost in the bombing. He has found a way to log 141 miles between Wednesday and race day, and with the marathon set at just over 26 miles, his race will come to 168 miles total - the number of lives lost in 1995. "This is my way of changing the world - a mile at a time," says Brustad.
This will be Air Force Senior Airman Brendan Brustad's second time running in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, but he says this year he needs to ramp it up. "I feel that something extraordinary should be done for these people," he says. The tragedy is why he's starting to run four days early. Hailing from New York, Brustad says the Oklahoma City tragedy is close to his heart, and it was the events of 9-11 that caused him to join the Air Force in the first place.
Brustad has run eight marathons in his relatively short running career. He says he doesn't run to place first, and simply being in this year's Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is enough of prize. "Winning or losing is irrelevant, as long as you finish for something," he says. Brustad says this race will help him, and others, remember the true meaning of the marathon - it's not about running, it's about living. "As soon as I cross that finish line, its going to be one of the greatest feelings in the world," he says.