Runner participates in mini-marathon as tribute to late boss - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Runner participates in mini-marathon as tribute to late boss

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Megan Campbell has been training to participate in Louisville's mini marathon. She says there have been many days filled with early mornings, a lot of stretching, and hitting the pavement for hours.

"It's tough at times, but for the most part I'm ready," says Campbell about her training. Campbell has been training at the Big Four Bridge for tomorrow's mini-marathon, but she says her motivation is different from other runners. 

Campbell is running in honor of her late boss, Keith Oeffinger. "He was one of those people that was never in a bad mood. He was one you could talk to about anything," Campbell says.

Campbell, who was supervised by Oeffinger at a Walmart store, says he encouraged her to run before his death. "I was telling him how I didn't know if I could ever do it because I had only ran five miles and he told me I should definitely do it. The weekend after that, he actually passed away."

Oeffinger died in August after a local festival in Southern, Indiana. She says, "Someone offered him a ride on the back of the vehicle and him and his friend didn't want to do it, but they ended up getting on the back, but she accelerated, and then she accelerated once more and that was pretty much the end of it."

Oeffinger left behind three daughters and a wife who is pregnant with the couple's fourth child.

Police say they do not know if there was any reckless intent on the part of the driver and the investigation continues. 

Campbell says she will keep the memory of her friend and mentor in mind during tomorrow's race. "We feel like he's probably going to be there watching. I'm always going to remember him and every little thing he taught me," Campbell says.

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