Fort4Fitness Takes Over Summit City

By Max Resnik

September 24, 2011 Updated Sep 26, 2011 at 3:42 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Nearly 9,500 runners from 30 different states and three different countries hit the Summit City streets Saturday as part of the 4th Annual Fort4Fitness.

Saturday morning’s events kicked off with the Four Mile Run/Walk, Half Marathon and 10K races.

Tammy Sanderson participated in the Four Mile Run/Walk. She says the Fort4Fitness crowd is just one part of the awesome atmosphere that comes with this community-wide event.

“It was awesome. It was exhilarating to see everybody involved and people on the side rooting you on, and you don’t know them from Adam.”

Nearly 30 percent of today’s runners were racing for the first time. Rebecca Todd of Columbia City was one of those runners. She says today presented a challenge that she was happy to tackle.

“It was challenging enough but not too challenging. You get to come into the [Parkview] field at the end. In fact, I actually sprinted the last 100 yards, which is crazy, but I did it.”

Many of today’s participants stressed the importance of merely giving the various races a try. Rogey, who participated in the Four Mile Run/Walk, says opportunities like these should not be missed.

“I seriously say that if you’ve ever thought about it, stop thinking about it. Get up and do it. It can be done. I was a couch potato for a while, for several years, and I decided one day to get up and start walking.”

Braden Nelson of Angola won today’s Half Marathon in 70 minutes. He says running the Half Marathon is an awesome experience.

“It’s not necessarily that you have to race it, but say that you can do a half marathon. The experience out here—there’s a ton of sport, crowds screaming at you. It’s great.”

The nearly 9,500 runners in this year’s Fort4Fitness set a new record for total registered participants.

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