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Participants test strength, endurance in Pump and Run

Jan. 26, 2013 @ 11:38 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Thirty Marshall University students and local residents tested their strength and endurance in an event at the Marshall Recreation Center Saturday.

The second annual Pump and Run challenged participants to bench press a percent of their body weight, then run two laps around campus to complete a 5K.

Many who took part said they spend more time doing either weight work or running. Few said they excelled in both, but putting the two together provided a unique challenge.

"I'm not a big runner, so I thought it would be exciting," said Chesapeake resident Jessica Lake. "But I'm just having fun."

Kayla Edwards, a junior at Marshall from Michigan, is an avid runner and doesn't do much weight training. Edwards, who works as a personal trainer at the Recreation Center, was unable to complete a bench press, but she said it provided her with a basis of where she is at.

"I do it for the adrenaline, the chance to compete," Edwards said. "Just to see how well rounded you are, show you where you're at."

Mike Beahm, 54, and his son, Matt Rowe, 26, finished 12th and 15th, respectively. They said they enjoyed it because it brought two exercise disciplines together.

"There are a lot of 5K things here that runners do, but not much fun for us weight people," Beahm said. "It gives a little value to the weight lifting."

Every participant received a T-shirt, while overall winners Eddie Neel and Christy Morrison also received gift bags donated by GNC.

Jesse Nott, Wes Holliday, Michael Scholl and Colt Wheeler rounded out the top five men, while Missy Taylor, Allison Webb, Cheree Davis and Annette Akers were the top female finishers.

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