The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

April 16, 2013

Marathon in Oklahoma City shouldn’t be canceled

As the nation mourns the senseless Boston Marathon bombings, we’re glad two Enid residents are safe and sound.

That includes Air Force 2nd Lt. Christopher Chorney, a student pilot at Vance Air Force Base, and Enid resident Lisa Earl.

Earl said she was out of danger about a block past the finish line when the explosion occurred.

“I was … getting ready to get my pickup that I left there,” she said by phone Monday afternoon. “I heard a really loud boom, and I saw smoke coming from the north side of the street near the finish line.”

This was Earl’s first Boston Marathon, and we’re glad the incident will not discourage her from going again.

We’re also encouraged by an Associated Press report that Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon organizers still intend to hold this month’s race as planned.

The 13th annual race is set for April 28. The 18th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing is Friday.

“We’re not afraid to cancel it if we feel threatened,” Chet Collier, the race’s director, told AP.

We shouldn’t let this cowardly act of terrorism dissuade us. We hope the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon doesn’t get canceled.

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