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September 30, 2013

Heading out on the highway

One-time chance to run on new U.S. 31 quickly approaching.


The community isn’t just coming together to sponsor and support the race, many are putting their feet in the running as well.

Kim LaFollette, marketing director at Community First Bank, encouraged 19 co-workers to participate in the 5k race, which will start at Morning Star Church, 2900 E. Markland Ave., alongside those running the half marathon.

“Some of us are walking and some of us are jogging in the 5k; the great thing is we’ve expanded to employees’ families as well,” LaFollette said of the small bank’s camaraderie. “We all got on board and a coworker and I trained with [Kokomo YMCA’s] couch to 5k; it’s been a great feeling to get stronger and healthier as a great team-building experience.”

One of the employees at Community First Bank took her training home and it resulted in her first race with her 10-year-old son. Monica Germelspacher said her husband is usually the coach of her kids’ activities so the race will be an opportunity for her to share some athletic competition and bonding with her son, Micah.

“I like to run and one my oldest sons asked me: ‘Mom, can I run with you?’ Then, I thought this is something we should do together as a mom-and-son thing. They’re used to Dad coaching so I could do this 5k with my son,” Germelspacher said.

Aside from running as a mother-son duo, Germelspacher added her son will have a unique perspective of the road they ran on.

“From his perspective, he’ll be driving on [the road] one day and will drive on that road and hopefully think: ‘Wow, I ran on this before anyone else drove on it,’” Germelspacher said. “My middle son asked to do it next year — he’s only 8 — and when I told him it’s only one time, he had this horrified look on his face. I think it’s really neat it’s a one-time thing; something we will never be able to do again.”

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