MWC Firefighters Help Runner Finish Memorial Marathon
OKLAHOMA CITY - News 9 has learned more about the woman who needed the help of Midwest City firefighters to cross the finish line of the OKC Memorial half-marathon on Sunday.
Kayley Drake has Cerebral Palsy. She also has a steal plate in her leg which allows her to walk. In December, she made a New Year's Resolution to run a half marathon in 2015, even though she had never even run a 5k before in her life.
“I couldn't physically get back up,” said Kayley about reaching down to stretch out around mile 11 of the run.
Caleb Bryant and Garrett Matlock are Midwest City firefighters who were walking in the half marathon in full bunker gear came to her rescue. The two helped Kayley get to her feet, then held on to her arms and helped her finish the 13.1 miles.
“Without them I would have been there for a couple days,” joked Kayley.
“We wanted to make sure that the training and the effort she put in to get that far that she finished it under her own power,” said Bryant.
“She just kept pushing, kept trying. We kept going to make sure she could finish by herself. She worked hard,” said Matlock.
“I was so embarrassed that I had reached my physical limit and they were there to keep me going,” said Kayley. “Thank you for being so selfless.”