LIVINGTSTON, Tenn. – Amy For Africa made its presence known at the Loonies Midnight Marathon early Saturday morning in misty rainy conditions on the AFA Do Something Tour.
Amy Compston finished second place among females in 3:34.30 while her husband, Chris, set a PR in 3:57.58, good enough for 52nd out of 300 runners.
Compston went into her fourth marathon in four months with the goal of cracking 3:35, since that was the qualifying time for the Boston Marathon.
The Loonies race was a Boston Marathon qualifier.
Amy made it with 30 seconds to spare as she finished in typically strong fashion.
Amy has finished first, third and second in her last three marathons.
“I just praise the Lord that He gave me the strength to finish strong,” she said. “All the praise and glory to Him.”
Chris wanted to finish the marathon in less than four hours with the hope of setting a PR, which he did.
“It was a good run, I felt good,” he said.
The Loonies marathon was essentially a five-mile loop with runners passing each other coming and going. Chris and Amy would high-five each other whenever they crossed paths.
“Pray for Chris!” Amy yelled to her supporters when she passed them.
“Pray for Amy!” Chris would say when he came past supporters.
The runners were more worried about each other than they were themselves.
The AFA Team was there cheering and supporting the runners along with manning a tent about the organization. Two junior members, Chloe Walter and Reagan Evans, passed out 285 gospel tracts to runners. The AFA Team handed out 400 tracts.
The next marathon for Chris and Amy will be Aug. 16 in Lowell, Mich.