Mark Thompson, an instructional designer for Oklahoma Christian University’s North Institute, won the Edmond Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.
Thompson ran the 5K race in 15:43, crossing the finish line 15 seconds ahead of the runnerup.
Oklahoma Christian helped sponsor the Turkey Trot, which donated 100 percent of its proceeds to Turning Point. The non-profit ministry assists in the housing needs of Edmond citizens.
Before joining the North Institute, Thompson served on OC’s faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Physics for six years. He was head coach of OC’s cross country program for three seasons, leading the Eagles to the 2011 national championship in his final year at the helm.
The former University of Arkansas athlete is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast. In 2009, he ran his first sub-four mile at age 30.
Thompson’s wife, Darci, is the director of wellness at Oklahoma Christian. She leads the university’s TeamOC efforts, including OC’s annual participation in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.
OC’s fitness initiatives include the annual Holiday Hustle, a 5K race that will be held this Saturday, and the Eagle Trail, a 5K path for running, walking and biking that will open soon on the OC campus.