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Gomez, 25, had not raced in a competitive marathon before Sunday. More first time experiences were on the way, too. As Gomez struggled to manage the pain, an anonymous half marathon racer left his track to provide aid in the form of cold therapy pain relief gel.

“Just started rubbing my legs down,” Gomez said. “I’ve never seen support like that.”

Gomez went on to win the overall title at 2 hours, 38 minutes and 43 seconds.

Gomez first picked up running as a third grader in Auburn, Ala., when his baby sitter took him to a 5K race as a way to let out energy. That set the foundation for an eventual scholarship offer to run long distance at OU, where Gomez is currently a volunteer assistant coach.

A Sooners home track meet this weekend allowed Gomez the opportunity to race, and he breezed through the first 13 miles in just over 70 minutes.

“Then I slowed down a lot the second half,” Gomez said. “Unintentionally.”

That’s when Gomez received the extra outside push making all the difference, whether it come from fans who lined residential neighborhoods or fellow runners.

“That’s what the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is known for,” Gomez said. “Everybody is out here running for a tremendous cause, to honor those who perished in ’95. A tremendous experience.”

Below, right: Boy Scouts congratulate finishers of the 5K on Sunday during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. [Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman]

Below, left: Firefighters from the Little Axe Fire Department high five a banana at Gorilla Hill on Sunday during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. [Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman]

Runners on Sunday begin the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon going south on N Harvey Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City. [Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman]

Luke Stafford, left, talks to his brother, Ken, before the start of the kids marathon Sunday during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. [Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman]

Luke Stafford, 8, uses his walker Sunday as he takes part in the kids marathon during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Stafford suffers from cerebral palsy, and this is his second year to finish the 1.2 mile kids marathon. [Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman]

The gorilla is silhouetted by the moon at Gorilla Hill before the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Runners run past ballons on the course at Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

John Politte gathers balloons to decorate the course at Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

People cut banana pieces at Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

A banana is offered to runners at Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Bananas cheer on runners at Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The gorilla sits as the sun rises at Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Bananas cheer on runners at Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Grayson Niemeyer and Eric Sarani, top , cheer on runners at Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Runners take a picture with the gorilla at Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Banana peels lay on the street at Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The bananas cheer on runners at Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

A runner takes a selfie at Gorilla Hill during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
polo shoes journeys Patrick Gomez wins men's title with help from half marathoner