June 23, 2007 - Posted at 8:45 p.m. CST
Jonesboro, AR - Runners and walkers from all over Region 8 were up and at 'em bright and early Saturday morning. Men, women, and children of all ages participated in the fifth annual K8-8k, benefiting the City Youth Ministries in Jonesboro, and the Agape House in Paragould. Everyone came out with a winning attitude, but for one couple there was a little friendly competition.
Mary Loucks began running over a year ago and started to notice how much better she felt and looked, but she wasn't the only one who noticed.
"I could tell she was looking better, losing weight and she has so much more energy. She's inspired me to get up and move."
After watching his wife, Bill Loucks decided it was time to start training for the 8k. Both have been running out at Craighead Forrest Park trying to get in a little practice.
Mary says, "This course is hard, if you can do this, you can do anything."
Including beating your wife in the race, along with a little trash talk at the start line.
"She's so competitive. I have to try so hard just to compete and even then it's not enough."
"I'm hoping when I cross that finish line that I will have beaten him.'
"You can count on it, I'll beat her, I'll be there at the finish line waiting on her to come through... just waiting. I'll win."
And that's just what happened. Mary came in just four minutes under her husband, but they both say if they had put some bets on it, the outcome might have been different.
"She's so competitive. I would have lost if there was a wager of some sort. In more ways than one I would have lost."
The two big winners of the day were Ted Herget and Linda Farris with the fastest male and female times. Congratulations to all those that participated, and thank you to all those that volunteered.