Thousands race through downtown Fort Wayne in return of Fort4Fitness Fall Festival

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Runners continue to make their way to the finish line at Parkview Field for the annual Fort 4 Fitness Fall Festival.

Opening ceremonies began at 7:10 a.m., which included the Triple Crown.

Setup this morning started before the sun came up.

The 10K Wheelchair event began 7:25 a.m., followed by the 10K Run and Walk at 7:30 a.m.

Among the crowd running this morning’s 10K is a family of three. Sam and Jessica Hartman made Fort4Fitness a tradition when they kicked off the start to their wedding day four years ago by running the race.

This year, they will run with their son in the stroller.

The Half Marathon Wheelchair began at 8:25 a.m., followed by the Half Marathon at 8:30 a.m.

The 4 Mile Wheelchair, Available Multi-Race Participants and Jogging Strollers begins at 10:25 a.m. and the 4 Mile Run and Walk is at 10:30 a.m.

Courtney Fassold participated in the 4-miler this year after a post-viral infection following a diagnosis of COVID-19 forced her to go through 8 months of physical therapy.

As her shirt says, “Sometimes just surviving is thriving.”

WANE 15 spoke with the executive director of Fort4Fitness about tips and tricks for running the race.

Fort4Fitness is back to an in-person format after last year’s run was virtual due to COVID-19.

Sam Hartman says it is refreshing to “see the city come back alive.”

8-year breast cancer survivor Tina Conrad is running the half marathon today to support research for the Vera Bradley Foundation.

Runners can spot Conrad by her bright pink tutu, featuring ribbons symbolizing breast cancer awareness.

After the races, there is a celebration at the Parkview Field finish line and a festival.

Check out this year’s medals.

Supporters cheered on the runners as they made it to the finish line at the TinCaps stadium.

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