Amy Compston runs with a smile on her face in the Gnaw Bone Marathon.

Amy Compston runs with a smile on her face in the Gnaw Bone Marathon in Nashville, Ind., in May.

ASHLAND, Ky. – Amy Compston is seventh in community voting for the Runner’s World cover contest with a week remaining.

Compston, a co-founder of the Amy For Africa mission organization, has been stunned by the support from her friends and supporters.

“We entered the contest two weeks after it started with no expectation of doing this well,” she said. “But we don’t put anything past our God.”

The community voting is only 10 percent of the contest. Judges will select the top 10 men and top 10 women for an interview that is 45 percent of the selection process and the essay that runners submitted is the other 45 percent. One male and one female will be selected to be on the cover of the December issue.

If Amy is selected to be interviewed, it will have to be very long distance. She is going to Moyo, Uganda from Aug. 18-31, which is the time Runner’s World judges will be talking to candidates.

“We know God is in control of every situation, including what happens with this,” Compston said. “No matter what happens, we praise Him for the awareness that this has brought to Amy For Africa.”

Compston was third among women in the community voting with more than 13,000 votes going into the weekend. Voting ends Aug. 15. You can vote once per day.

“Mark (Maynard, co-founder) thoughtt it was a good idea to enter the contest” even though we were two weeks late, Compston said. “I think he saw it on Facebook.

“We’ve already gotten more out of it than either of us ever imagined.”

Compston hasn’t had much time to dwell on the Runner’s World cover competition. She’s preparing for her fifth marathon of the running season in Lowell, Mich., on Aug. 16. Then, two days later, she will be going to Moyo, Uganda for her first visit to the area that AFA supports.

Amy and her husband, Chris, will be running their second trail marathon in Michigan.

Go to to vote for Amy in the Runner’s World competition.