Today would have been Christopher Lane's birthday, but that life was cut short in my community a few weeks ago. He was out jogging in Duncan and was gunned down, a victim of a senseless and random crime which has affected two continents. Today in Halliburton Park a community came together to commemorate this life and to go run together. There is something about this 5K that says no one should be afraid to run in Duncan Oklahoma. No one in the future should be afraid. I don't live in fear of violence, no one should. Living in fear isn't living, we should look to Chris Lane's life as an example. What a bold young man to move to another country to pursue his dream. He will continue to be an inspiration for young people to follow dreams and goals. I hope the people of Australia realize that this is a random and horrible event for the people who have lived in and around Duncan for much of our lives. I hope the people of Australia should know that Oklahoma is a wonderful place, filled with generous people who would welcome them.
While the community recieved its fair share of bad press concerning this tragedy, sometimes it is easier to focus on the bad rather than the good. I was a teacher in Duncan until 2010, when I began this page.
These photos are really aren't in any particular order. The race was held at Halliburton park and coordinated in a very brief period of time by some amazing people. I just looked up the 5k results and there were 313 finishers, 132 males and 181 females. I was one of the finishers. The average time was 35.49 minutes. I must admit I was slow in this 5K finishing, but was 16 out of 24 for my age division.
When the Boston Marathon bombings happened this spring, I didn't empathize with the nationwide outpouring of memorial runs. Because it was in a place so far away, yet I couldn't imagine having something horrible happen to me while out running. A part of me is not comfortable with a race because of a tragedy, but after the news and the bad press and a scared, angry and hurting community this event was a healing experience for Duncan.
The one mile fun walk. If you are looking for the race results here they are: Christopher Lane Memorial 5K Race Results. Thank you to Sonya Hill for coordinating this race.
Sometimes sadness shouldn't have to bring people together. But please take a moment to read about Batten's disease my young cousin lost her battle to this tragic disease yesterday: Batten Disease. I know my cousins are experiencing heartache today. Loss brings people together, because we all know that we are not alone and we need each other. Please take a moment, and read about my young cousins.
I've posted a more complete album on my facebook page which you can see here.
While we all didn't know Chris Lane his story touched our hearts. I'm going to continue posting photos, but I know those deeply, and personally affected by this loss are still mourning their loved one. They really just are wishing they could turn back the clock and bring this young man back into their world.
It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses. ~Colette
Sorrow makes us all children again — destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost. ~Arthur Schopenhauer
The woman pictured above is Janice Gay, the best public school administrator I have ever worked with in my teaching career so far. There is good and bad in every community. She is one of the good ones.
[W]ounds of the spirit... are most gently soothed and made whole by the passing years. Under the old scars flows again the calm, healthful tide of life.... Under a great loss the heart impetuously cries that it can never be happy again, and perhaps in its desperation says that it wishes never to be comforted. But though angels do not fly down to open the grave and restore the lost, the days and months come as angels with healing in their wings. Under their touch aching regret passes into tender memory; into hands that were empty new joys are softly pressed; and the heart that was like the trees stripped of its leaves and beaten by winter's tempests is clothed again with the green of spring. ~George S. Merriam
Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
~Rossiter Worthington Raymond
Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. ~Emily Dickinson Every person at this race is loved by someone, somewhere. Their lives, souls, existence matters and that is why we run in memory of one soul whose existence was cut short.
So we express our sympathy for the loss of Chris Lane, we express our support for the families involved. We also express our sorrow for the families of the misguided children who committed this crime, because they are mourning too.