Bryant Keirns’ time has been corrected from a previous version of this story.


For a comprehensive report on the two Marathon winners click here.


Below is a blog in real-time as the race was run.

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — The 2022 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is about to begin.

The race was delayed due to weather that moved into the region overnight.

Runners for the Marathon, Relay and Half Marathon begin at 7:30 a.m.

Below is a live blog of the races:

Montgomery says she was happy that the weather cleared up this morning.

2022 OKC Memorial Marathon women’s winner McKale Montgomery. Image Nick Oxford2022 OKC Memorial Marathon women’s winner McKale Montgomery. Image Nick Oxford

She says she put in 100-mile weeks in order to train to set a course record in her home state.

KFOR’s Tara Blume broke the news to her that two Cowboys won the race.

Her training partner and graduate student, Bryant Keirns, won the men’s marathon. She said their next goal is to head to the Olympic Trials.

McKale Montgomery never lost the top spot, and crossed the finish line at 10:09 a.m. with a total preliminary time of 2:41:06.

Her average pace for the whole race was listed at 6:09 a mile.

With Montgomery’s finish, she set a new course record for the women’s race.

Bryant Keirns said that he was happy but a little tired after completing the race.

2022 OKC Memorial Marathon male winner Bryant Keirns. Image Nick Oxford
2022 OKC Memorial Marathon male winner Bryant Keirns. Image Nick Oxford

He confirmed that the leader of the women’s marathon, McKale Montgomery, is actually his teacher and his training partner at OSU.

Keirns said he may reward himself with a Little Caesar’s pizza after he leaves the race.

With just one mile left, Keirns continued to lead the race. Daniel Murphy, who led much of the race, fell to third place behind James Martinez.

Race expert Mark Bravo says Keirns may be a student of the women’s marathon leader, McKale Montgomery, at OSU.

MARATHON WINNERS:
Bryant Keirns, Stillwater, Oklahoma finished with a time of 2:24:51

Womens: McKale Montgomery, Stillwater, Oklahoma 2:41:06 *new course record – women’s

Marathon Wheelchair: Glenn Pemberton, Mansfield, Texas 1:43:30

Half Marathon: Al Maeder, Oklahoma City 1:08:34

Womens: Kristi Coleman, Yukon, Oklahoma 1:17:47

Relay: OK Runner 2:28:37

5K: Luis Chaves, Edmond, Oklahoma 17:15

Womens: Natalie Duggan, Edmond, Oklahoma 19:38, 14 year old Edmond Santa Fe High School student

Keirns was able to cross the finish line at 9:54 a.m. with a final time of 2:24:51.

With just one mile left, Keirns continued to lead the race. Daniel Murphy, who led much of the race, fell to third place behind James Martinez.

Race expert Mark Bravo says Keirns may be a student of the women’s marathon leader, McKale Montgomery, at OSU.

With less than four miles left in the race, Montgomery continued strong and was more than a mile in front of her closest competitor.

Her pace was steady at 6:08 a mile.

With less than three miles left, Bryant Keirns was crossing through Mesta Park and was still strong.

His pace increased to 4:56 a mile.

At the 19 1/2 mile mark, the men’s race began to get interesting.

Daniel Murphy was still in the lead but there had been a change in the second place runner.

Bryant Keirns took over the second spot and was only a few seconds behind Murphy.

Just moments later, Keirns took over the top spot from Daniel Murphy.

Keirns ran at Oklahoma Christian University and is an OSU Nutritional Sciences PhD student. Keirns’ lead continues to grow as he is on pace for a 5:24 mile.

2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Glenn Pemberton winner of the wheelchair race. Image KFOR
2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Glenn Pemberton winner of the wheelchair race. Image KFOR

In the wheelchair race, Glenn Pemberton crossed the finish line for a time of 1:43:30 with an average pace of 3:57 a mile.

Glenn Pemberton won the wheelchair division

Pemberton says it is his third time competing in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and says he loves it every year.

He says he competed in the race when it was held in October, and was disappointed in his time. He says his last finish was 15 minutes slower than today’s race.

Pemberton says he will be back next year, adding that he wouldn’t miss it.

At the 15 mile mark, McKale Montgomery increased her speed and widened her lead over the other runners. She was on a 6:08 mile pace.

Montgomery’s goal is to win the marathon, but she also really wants to finish in the 2:37:00 minute timeframe. The current Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon record for female marathoners is around 2:40:00.

Shortly before 9 a.m., Daniel Murphy crossed the 16-mile mark and actually increased his lead over the other runners. At that point in the race, Murphy was on pace for a 5:29 mile.

He is about to hit the part of the race where many runners begin to lag, but his stance still seems strong.

2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Kristy Coleman female winner of Half Marathon. Image KFOR
2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Kristy Coleman female winner of Half Marathon. Image KFOR

Kristi Coleman won the women’s half-marathon race with a time of 1:17:47 for an average pace of 5:56 a mile. She has not won the race before but she used to compete at the University of Oklahoma.

She said her goal today was to run a 1:17 race, and didn’t really care where that put her on the leaderboard. She has her next race in June.

2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Al Maeder winner of the Half Marathon. Image KFOR
2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Al Maeder winner of the Half Marathon. Image KFOR

In the men’s half marathon, Al Maeder ended up finishing the race at 1:08:34 for an average pace of 5:14 a mile.

He said it took a couple of miles to settle in because of running into the wind at the starting line. Maeder grew up in Norman, and says maybe he’ll run the full marathon in the future.

At the 10 1/2 mile mark, McKale Montgomery’s pace slowed slightly to 6:18 a mile. The wind has picked up so the runners are fighting the wind and the cold in addition to fatigue.

Race expert Mark Bravo says that Montgomery grew up in Fairfax, Oklahoma and started running when she was 15-years-old. She didn’t have a car, so she was forced to run four miles each day to basketball practice.

At mile 11, Daniel Murphy continued strong but his pace slowed just slightly to 5:42 a mile as he crossed Nichols Hills. However, he still has a lead over all of the other runners.

McKale Montgomery continued her strong pace as she approached the halfway point in the race and appears to have several fans cheering her on. Throughout the start of the race, OSU fans were cheering on Montgomery.

Montgomery is a nutrition professor at Oklahoma State University where she teaches a class about metabolism. Race expert Mark Bravo says her career plays a big role in her running style and success.

As the race wound through Crown Heights and approached Bishop McGuinness High School, Daniel Murphy continued on record pace.

Race expert Mark Bravo says Murphy competed in Iowa, but has lately been training in Oklahoma.

Daniel Murphy, from Norman, was the early leader in the men’s full-marathon race. Within the first six miles of the race, he was on pace for a 5:32 mile.

In the women’s race, McKale Montgomery got an early lead in the race within the first six miles of the race. At the time, she was on pace for a 6:03 mile.

8:05 a.m. You can track each racer here.

8:00 a.m. Be sure to Tweet your support and encouragement for the race participants by using #RuntoRemember and it could be featured during the live broadcast.

The runners range in age from 17-year-olds to one 79-year-old marathoner. Organizers say an 85-year-old is also participating in the half-marathon.

  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon male winner Bryant Keirns. Image Nick Oxford
  • 2022 OKC Memorial Marathon male winner Bryant Keirns. Image Nick Oxford

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, runners from 47 states and 11 countries took off from the starting line.

OKC National Memorial & Museum. Image Nick Oxford. OKC Memorial Marathon 2022
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Image Nick Oxford, coverage of the OKC Memorial Marathon
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Image Nick Oxford, coverage of the OKC Memorial Marathon
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Image Nick Oxford, coverage of the OKC Memorial Marathon
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Image Nick Oxford, coverage of the OKC Memorial Marathon
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Image Nick Oxford, coverage of the OKC Memorial Marathon
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Image Nick Oxford, coverage of the OKC Memorial Marathon
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Image Nick Oxford, coverage of the OKC Memorial Marathon
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Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Image Nick Oxford, coverage of the OKC Memorial Marathon