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Neighbors Growing Together | Jun 25, 2017

Runner completes race for husband

By David Hotle | Apr 24, 2017
Jennifer Coleman of Iowa City was running in her husband’s shoes.  She started the 13.1-mile KeWash half marathon, knowing that she had trained hard and would complete the course.

 

When the starting gun sounded Saturday morning, releasing 193 runners from the starting line on Washington Square to complete their chosen courses, Jennifer Coleman of Iowa City was running in her husband’s shoes.

She started the 13.1-mile KeWash half marathon, knowing that she had trained hard and would complete the course. Although a beginner just a few short years ago, a lot had happened in those years to give her the encouragement to keep running and not stop. She explained the half marathon was for her husband, who is coming back from adversity.

“My husband had a stroke at age 40,” she said. “A few days before it happened, I told him I felt that God was preparing us for something. One day I just picked up his running shoes because at the time he couldn’t run at the time and just started running. One day I gave the shoes back and never stopped running.”

She said Ty has had a full recovery and is currently running, although he didn’t participate in the KeWash Half-Marathon. He and their two children Zuzu and Izaelea, watched as Jennifer lined up with the other participants to begin the run.

She commented that Saturday was a beautiful day and she had heard great things about the path that circled through town and traveled down the KeWash Trail to Ivy Avenue before turning around. She expected it to take over two hours to complete the course.

“We are excited just to support her,” Ty said. “She has been training really hard. She has come a long way in the last few years since starting up,”

Ty said when he has felt like staying home and watching TV instead of training, Jennifer always encourages him to get out on the trail. She sets up races and marathons for them as a way of giving Ty something to work toward. He said by next year he will be ready to participate in the event.

“I bet by next year she will have me doing the half marathon,” he said.

This is the fourth year of the Washington event and it has grown each year. Co-organizer Shawn Loy said she and co-organizer Michelle Driscoll were impressed with the number of people who came out. She said there were people from four states at the event, as well as people from all over Iowa. Loy said the idea came from she and Driscoll’s passion for fitness in the form of running on the KeWash.

“We spent a lot of time on the trail and we just thought it would be great if we had our own half marathon,” Loy said. “We had the conversation and decided to try. This is the fourth year we have done it.”

She said participants at this year’s event included people from running clubs who try to run a half marathon in each state. Some other clubs try to run a half marathon each month.

In addition to the half marathon, runners who did not wish to go as far could also choose from a 5k or 10 k run.

 

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