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Governor challenges marathon relay teams

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, in partnership with Gov. Kevin Stitt, announced the Governor’s Relay Challenge Thursday morning under the Survivor Tree.

After the announcement, the governor led a group of more than 150 state employees and local runners on a 1.5-mile training run through downtown Oklahoma City.

“We’re thrilled the governor has made such a strong commitment to the OKC Memorial Marathon and the Memorial and Museum,” said Kari Watkins, race director and executive director of the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum.

Stitt is forming a five-person relay team to participate in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 28 and inviting other runners to form relay teams and compete against him.

“Let’s make this OKC Memorial Marathon the largest event in history and let’s remember what happened right here in 1995,” Stitt said.

Typically, there are 4,000 runners in the relay portion of the marathon, or about 800 five-member teams.

All relay teams participating in the 2019 Memorial Marathon will compete against the governor’s team. Any relay team beating the governor’s relay team will receive a I Beat the Governor T-shirt. Winning relay teams in each of the 15 divisions will receive their awards at an Oklahoma-themed dinner at the Governor’s Mansion on May 6.

This year, the Memorial Marathon is Changing the Course of OKC. Runners will experience several course changes, a new finish line at Sheridan and Hudson avenues and a Finish Line Festival in the Myriad Gardens.

The marathon is the largest fundraiser for the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. It is owned and operated by the OKC National Memorial Foundation and does not receive any annual operating funds from the federal, state or local government. Funding is raised through museum admission, Memorial Store sales, private fundraising, endowments and the Memorial Marathon.

To register for the relay, or any of the Memorial Marathon races, go to okcMarathon.com.

–Staff report


Veterans Volunteer Guardianship Act moves to House

OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Bill 931, creating the Veterans Volunteer Guardianship Act, has been approved by the Oklahoma Senate and will next be considered by the House of Representatives.

The bill by state Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, was a request bill from the Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the ODVA, 10 percent of veterans in Oklahoma’s seven veterans centers do not have interested family members or friends willing to serve as their guardians when they become incapacitated or partially incapacitated. The bill pertains to disabled veterans both inside and out of the state’s veterans centers.

“When they don’t have someone to help them with the management of their finances, personal matters or medical decisions or simply don’t have the legal capacity to make such decisions, it leaves them vulnerable to financial scams and dangerous health decisions,” said Rosino. “This outreach program will provide training to volunteers who care about the well-being of our disabled veterans and will protect their best interests. Our veterans deserve nothing less, and I want to thank the ODVA for bringing forward this important issue.”

Under SB 931, veteran-specific guardians will be appointed under the existing provisions of the Oklahoma Guardianship and Conservatorship Act.

–Staff report


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