Training Intensifies for Ten Miler

Lynchburg, VA - The historic Genworth Virginia Ten Miler will celebrate its 41st anniversary on September 26 and 27th.

More than 4,000 runners are expected in the Hill City, some from around the globe, organizers say. It's hard to miss the groups of runners training hard for the big race day. Keith and Susan Coalson of Lynchburg, are among the running devotees. They told ABC 13 News they've been running for years but this year, they made a special goal.

"Our goal for this year is to run the Virginia Ten Miler Course 41 Times because it's the 41st Anniversary of the Virginia Ten Miler."

Now, 390 miles of training into that goal, ABC 13 News asked the couple how they came upon that goal. Keith Coalson, chuckled, shrugged his shoulders and said, "It was all her idea. All her idea."

Race day, the couple will run their 410th miles together. They said that running in Lynchburg has been much more to them than just about the fitness; but additionally, has brought them a whole new group of friends.

R.J. Roarke was hitting the last half mile of his ten mile training run, when ABC 13 News caught up to him on Langhorne Avenue, " You've gotta be kidding me," he said as we ran along side him slowing his pace. Roarke, who works for B&W and is an avid member of its running club, says he logs the long miles so he can eat "whatever I want to eat and not worry about it."

These are just a few of the stories and the people that will gather at the start of the Genworth Virginia Ten Miler in a few weeks. Some do it for the fun, some run for the goal setting and some will be here to set times and try to win. Online registration closes Sunday, September 21st by midnight. Runners may still register in person until race day.