The Rodes City Run 10K returns Saturday morning with runner Asia Ford looking to build on last year’s memorable event.
You may recall pictures of Lt. Aubrey Gregory helping Ford reach the finish line during the 2015 race.
Last year, Ford said she had a simple goal of finishing in a better time than she had the year before.
But she didn’t eat breakfast and had just gotten over pneumonia. At mile 4 of the 10K, she crashed.
“Hardship kicked in to where reality was my body breaking down and I couldn’t go any further. So I looked at my son and told him this is the end of my race,” Ford said.
But at mile 5 Gregory helped her finish.
Pictures of the gesture went viral and sparked Ford to continue on her healthy journey.
She has since lost 200 pounds and said her life has changed.
“A total different me. So, mentally it’s helped a great deal. I’m able to think and make better choices. Physically, a lot of the things that I couldn’t do before without being out of breath, walking steps or just coming out of my house, I can do them,” Ford said.
Ford is running the Rodes City Run again this year with a much better outlook for a better race.