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David A. Rhodes, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the winner of the 2019 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

INTEGRIS Orthopedic Surgeon Wins Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

David A. Rhodes, M.D.

This is what David A. Rhodes, M.D., looks like at his day job. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with INTEGRIS Health in Edmond, where he specializes in sports medicine as well as adult and pediatric hand surgery.

He has lived in Oklahoma for only about a year, but has already endeared himself to his many patients and the entire INTEGRIS staff. Now, after winning the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on Sunday, it seems everyone knows his name.

The weekend event was just the fourth marathon the 47-year-old had ever run. Still, he was able to run away with the title in an impressive time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 6 seconds.

He himself is in disbelief. “I can’t believe I won a marathon,” Rhodes admits. “That’s crazy. I’m still in shock.”
His victory came despite taking a wrong turn around mile 15. “There was one point out in the race where I started going the wrong way and people were screaming at me to turn around.”

Not to say, Rhodes didn’t deserve the win. He definitely put in the training hours, waking up at 4 and 5 a.m. to get his runs in before heading to work. He is most certainly the epitome of determination, discipline and commitment to all things.

“It was pretty hard the last few miles. I really struggled to keep going.” But the father of six dug deep to find the strength he needed to finish strong.

The meaning and magnitude of this particular race is not lost on the unlikely champion. “I never ever thought I’d win a marathon. In this town, this state, there are so many better runners than I am,” Rhodes concedes. “For whatever reason, I got to win that day. It’s humbling to win a marathon that honors so many people.”

Nearly 24,000 runners participated in the 2019 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon to remember the 168 lives lost on April 19, 1995 – and the countless others whose lives were forever changed on that fateful day.