Lawton man marathons in honor of brother, and wins

Lawton_First-time marathon runner Nathan Adams has won the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon; but he says he didn't do it for fame, he did it for his brother.  Last November, 19-year-old Cameron University student Caleb Adams was killed in an explosion and fire at the Enterprise Rent-a-Car on Cache Road in Lawton.  After his tragic death, his older brother, Nathan, and family say they want his memory to live on in a positive way.

Nathan says he wasn't prepared for the Oklahoma hills and winds in this marathon, but he says he couldn't have chosen a better marathon for his first attempt.  He began training for the Oklahoma Memorial Marathon three months after his brother's death, and that it's because of Caleb that he won.  "He's what helped me get through the last four miles, when I was hurting pretty bad," he says.

Caleb lost his life in a chemical explosion, and the loss was difficult for the Adams family.  But, Nathan's father says the spirit of the marathon - It's not about running, it's about living - has helped them begin to heal.  "When he said he wanted to do this, for Caleb, why, we all have ways to honor Caleb and this was his way," says their father Lawrence.  "I'm real proud of him for doing it."

Lawrence says that when he saw Nathan approaching the finish line on Saturday, he knew he was going to win.  "Well, I barged into the finishing line, so I was able to stand right there, and be pretty close, pretty quickly, to him when the race ended," said Lawrence.

Nathan won by nearly six seconds and says training for the marathon helped him to cope with his brother's death.  "It was something to help me cope with it, you know, keep me motivated."  Nathan's family says they are proud of both of their sons.  "We pick up the pieces and go on," said Lawrence.  "I think that's what they would have wanted, and I know that's what Caleb would have wanted for us, and his brother."

Nathan says he is considering making the marathon an annual tradition for his family - something to keep Caleb's competitive spirit alive.  Nathan's next goal is to run in either the Boston or New York City Marathon, and his time in the Oklahoma City run has qualified him to run in either event.