ARDMORE, OK -- The annual Arbuckles to Ardmore Marathon kicked off Sunday in Southern Oklahoma.
The Arbuckles to Ardmore Marathon started off with a bang at Turner Falls at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
A2A director, Alison Smalley, says around 1,200 runners participated in this year's race. Some, from thousands of miles away.
Smalley said, "We have runners from 27 states. We had a runner from Nova Scotia that got snowed in at their airport and couldn't get here. We had a runner from Spain."
Runners of all ages crossed the finish line Sunday at Noble Stadium in Ardmore. Each one, just as excited to be a part of the event that directly benefits the Mercy Health Cancer Center.
"It's local, you know, and i have all my family cheering and my friends, you know. It's special," said marathon winner, Gono Enriquez.
Ulas Bayraktar with Mercy Health said, "It's great to be here and I'm looking forward to doing it again next year."
"I'm proud that I got this medal," said 6 year old, Alec Ladd.
His twin, Colin Ladd said, "It was fun. Next time I want to run a 5k!"
Smalley says, none of this would be possible without all the volunteers.
Steve Martin, with T.C. Craighead and Company, says he and his team began setting up their water station before the sun came up.
Martin said, "So we're just having a good time. It's a good cause. What better cause than to raise money for the cancer center and it's good for the runners, good for us, good for Ardmore."