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Triple play

If one is good and two is better, what does that make three? I'd be inclined to say crazy but others might call it a challenge.

For Fort4Fitness organizers, they call it a Triple Crown.

This year, the race is promoting the opportunity for runners to participate in multiple events on Sept. 28 and offering special pricing for them to do so.

There are four combinations - three Double Plays and the Triple Crown - that were unveiled this week.

  • 4-mile + 10K ($65)
  • 4-mile + half marathon ($80)
  • 10K + half marathon ($95)
  • 10K + half marathon + 4-mile ($120)
For those of you who don't want to do the math, runners can take on 10.2 miles to 23.3 miles.

According to Jake Schwerer, the challenge was born after organizers realized that a shift in start times (more on that later) would allow participants to do more than one event.

"Through a little extra brain power the committees were able to figure out a way someone could run all three races," Schwerer wrote in an email. "This allows for more options and challenges for those who are looking to get the most out of their Fort4Fitness experience."

Fort4Fitness is not releasing registration numbers at this point but Schwerer reports that interest in the Double Play and Triple Crown packages has been strong.

There will be perks with doing multiple events but, for right now, those are top secret. Not that I'm speculating but other race series that offer multiple event challenges - think Run Disney and the Flying Pig - offer additional medals and finisher shirts.

It could be quite the incentive for someone who likes race bling and to push themselves.

As for me? I'm not so sure. I'm putting my focus on the half marathon and racing strong. A 10K before that, which would have to come in under 50 minutes (about an 8:05 pace), won't help me there. I could, though, maybe run the 4-mile after. So I'm not out. Yet.

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