LOWELL, Mich. – Amy For Africa marathoners Chris and Amy Compston make their mark on the grueling Old Farts Trail Marathon in high fashion with 18 supporters cheering them.
Amy captured the female division and finished fourth overall in 4 hours, 22 minutes while Chris was 13th overall in 5 hours and 9 minutes. Eighty-nine runners competed.
Along the trail, AFA supporters made it to the available stops to encourage not only Chris and Amy but the other competitors in the field.
The AFA organization made a good impression.
It was the second trail marathon for Chris and Amy, who also competed in Nashville, Tenn., in the Gnaw Bone Marathon (which Amy also won in a course record time).
She easily won on Saturday, defeating the runner-up female by 29 minutes. Amy finished behind only the top three male runners.
This was the fifth marathon of the season for Amy, who will be taking a two-week journey to Moyo, Uganda beginning Sunday.
Even with that big event coming up – this will be Amy’s first visit to Africa – she kept her focus at the Old Farts Marathon, which included running through swamps, forests and huge hills.
“The hills were the worst part of it, by far,” Amy said. “You had to use a rope to get up them. It was awful. Much tougher than Gnaw Bone as far as that goes.”
Chris, who was running his fourth marathon in four months, agreed about the mountains that the Old Fart Marathon put in front of runners.
“Much, much worse than the other trail marathon in Indiana,” he said. “I didn’t know if I was going to make it. It was so hard.”
Both marathoner runners said the support and encouragement of the 18 AFA “family” made a huge difference in their success.
“We’re all in this together,” Amy said. “We couldn’t do it without him. I praise the Lord for bringing us all together for this. I couldn’t wait to get to the stops were they were always waiting for us.”
Chris said: “They made the difference for me. I love every one of them.”