Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Why Keri and Royce Young made the kids' marathon a run to remember

THE OKLAHOMAN | Jenni Carlson
2017 OKC Memorial Marathon: In memory of Eva
Royce and Keri Young walk with their son Harrison, age 2, during the children's portion of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on Sunday. The Youngs participated in Sunday's event in honor of their baby Eva, who was stillborn. [PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN]
OKLAHOMA CITY - Keri Young locked eyes with her husband as they stood amid the starting line chaos of the kids' marathon with their 2-year-old.

“I'm probably going to cry through the whole thing,” she said.

He nodded knowingly.

“I haven't cried for 48 hours,” she said. “I'm due.”

When the family decided months ago to do the kids' event at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, the plan involved a fourth family member. Keri was pregnant and still would be on race day, so she and husband, Royce, wanted their hometown race to be their first with their newest addition.

Instead, Sunday was in honor of her.

On a day when thousands ran to remember the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, the Youngs ran to remember their daughter, too. This wasn't what they had planned. This wasn't even close to what they had had wanted.

Little about the past nine months has been.

You may have heard the Youngs' story. Royce covers the Thunder for ESPN, and in recent months while chronicling Russell Westbrook triple doubles and Houston playoff woes, he has also written openly and honestly on several occasions about their pregnancy gone awry. Continue reading


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