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Deb Heine Endowed Scholarship Endurance Challenge


On Saturday, October 22, 2016, beginning at 6 a.m., Professor Erik Heine attempted an endurance challenge with a personal goal of hitting 50 miles before 6 p.m. that night and of raising money to fund an endowed scholarship for music students. He not only met his goal in just under 8 hours, he kept on running, completing 71.85 miles in the 12-hour race, which he won.

Erik ran the 122nd Boston Marathon on April 16, 2018 and represented OCU over 26.2 miles wearing bib number 8561. He completed the Boston Marathon in 3:16:15, finishing 4518 out of 25,746. The Boston Marathon is the only marathon in the United States where athletes must qualify by achieving a standard time based on age and gender. Erik completed the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in 3:11:21, almost four minutes under the minimum qualifying time. He invites alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the college to consider partnering with him in the creation of the Deb Heine Endowed Scholarship by donating online today. Erik describes his motivation for running these two races as follows:


I want to do something that will have a positive lasting effect on the university. I don't have the financial means to create this scholarship on my own, but I have a body that is still willing to do something that will hopefully be awe-inspiring, and will encourage alumni and friends of OCU to support me in this challenge.