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Photos by Chad Ryan | The Journal GazetteEmily Tumbleson sprints in the parking lot of Fellowship Missionary Church on East Tillman Road. Tumbleson will run the Triple Crown at Fort4Fitness as part of the Race4Peace: Congo charity team, which is hoping to raise $100,000 this year.

Runner eyes Fort4Fitness Triple Crown

Runner eyes Fort4Fitness Triple Crown

Emily Tumbleson was not planning on telling many people what she was doing.

Members of the Race4Peace: Congo team, a Fort4Fitness charity partner, would know she would participate in one of the running events Sept. 27.

And she will – but she'll also be running two others.

Tumbleson, 31, has registered for the Triple Crown, a new promotion that allows runners to participate in the 10K (6.2 miles) at 7:30 a.m., the half marathon (13.1 miles) at 8:20 a.m. and the 4-mile race at 10:45 a.m. Before the day is through, she will have run 23.3 miles – just 2.9 miles shy of a full marathon.

“This year at the charity partner meeting, Fort4Fitness mentioned it would be possible to do all three races. I thought it would be so cool to have some of our team do that,” Tumbleson says. “Everyone I asked said they would do it if I did, so I decided to go for it.”

She wasn't going to tell people about taking on the challenge because, she says, she didn't want the Triple Crown to be about what she was doing. Rather, she wanted the focus on Race4Peace: Congo.

The team, which will have 500 runners this year, is hoping to raise $100,000 for the peace-building initiatives of World Relief in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Many believe it is crazy to hope for peace to come to eastern Congo, but we trust in a God who does miracles,” Tumbleson says. “Me signing up to do something crazy like run all three races seemed like a good way to testify to that fact!”

Workout: Running

Training: As Tumbleson prepares for the Triple Crown, she is basing her runs on a marathon training schedule. She runs four days a week and has completed one long run of 18 miles. She hopes to do one more 18-miler before the race.

Running history: “I have been running consistently since junior high,” she says. “I have done eight half marathons, two full marathons and lots of shorter races.” Among the races, she has participated in Fort4Fitness three times, running the half marathon once and the 10K twice.

Fuel: “My new favorite is the Honey Stinger gels, so I've been using those in training and will do so in the race,” Tumbleson says. “I also drink Shaklee Performance, which I love.”

Favorite running gear: Bright yellow Balega socks

Favorite route: “I live in the middle of corn fields, so I love running my country roads,” says Tumbleson, who lives near Ossian.

Fitting it in: “Training with two little ones is super hard,” she says. “The double jogger works OK if it's no more than 3 miles, but even then, that's really tough to push 70 pounds of kids. I either run early before my husband leaves for work or while the girls are napping, I'll run on our treadmill. ... For the long runs, sometimes I get a babysitter.”

Race-day strategy: “I'm still working on that, but I know it will include lots of prayer,” Tumbleson says.

Something more: “(Racing for a cause) becomes so much about that you're doing this on behalf of someone else instead of just doing it for yourself.”

kdupps@jg.net

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