Rocket City Marathon brings family together

Six family members decided to run this year's Rocket City Marathon to spend some quality time this holiday season.

Posted: Dec 14, 2019 5:13 PM

The city of Huntsville was woken up early this morning by hundreds of runners who were getting ready to run in the 43rd Rocket City Marathon.

The race kicked off at 7 a.m. and in the swarm of athletes were six family members who decided to run this marathon together.

"We ran half the rocket city marathon last year as a family, Lauren, Adam and I," Stuart Obermann said. "We had such a great time that we decided to come back and do the full marathon this year. This is the first time we've run a full for the three of us. We had a wonderful time and we had a great support system."

"He's 62 this year, so we figured why not run 26 miles this year," Obermann's daughter, Lauren Dauro said. "I said 'well if my old dad's going to do it. I should do it too.'"

Obermann, his daughter, and son-in-law, Adam Dauro signed up for this year's Rocket City Marathon ready to challenge themselves.

"Well a couple years ago, I never thought I could run a half, but then she ran one and I said 'now I've got to do it,'" Adam Dauro said. "So after you run a couple of halfs you think to yourself 'well maybe we can do this.' So we psyched each other up, we got excited about it and we did it."

After these three signed up, three other family members decided to tag along.

"I struggle to see these guys for the holidays," Luke Obermann, who's visiting from Seattle, said. "They run decide to run a marathon right around Christmas time. He was visiting from China and we ran seven miles and he said 'if you can run seven you can run a marathon', so we signed up, and now we get to see y'all for the holidays."

Not only was it special for this family to spend time together around the holidays, but all six of them finished the 26.2 mile race and set some new personal records.

"it was hard, I should have trained more," Kyle Obermann, who's visiting from China, said.

These six have advice for people deciding if they should try to run a marathon:

  • Lauren Dauro said, "train for it. Do your nutrition right. Hydrate right. Get a support system, but definitely train for it."
  • Stuart Obermann said, "get training partners, you need training partners to get through it."
  • Stuart's older brother, Dave, said, "run with your family, they're a great motivator."
  • Kyle Obermann said, "run with people older than you so you have no excuse to quit."
  • Luke Obermann said, "if you can run seven, you can run a marathon."

Now these six didn't stick together out on the course, so they all finished at different time, but they all came in relatively close to one another.

The top finisher of this year's marathon goes to Spencer Field from Georgia who finished in 2:25:09.

Huntsville
Broken Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 66°
Florence
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 66°
Fayetteville
Scattered Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 63°
Decatur
Broken Clouds
64° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 64°
Scottsboro
Overcast
64° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 64°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 134231

Reported Deaths: 2357
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson19572348
Mobile13320292
Montgomery8811183
Tuscaloosa8586117
Madison782078
Shelby592349
Lee588759
Baldwin545650
Marshall393343
Calhoun349942
Etowah343945
Morgan327328
Houston280221
Elmore265947
DeKalb240620
St. Clair230835
Walker230683
Talladega214628
Limestone208820
Cullman189020
Dallas178326
Franklin176729
Autauga175725
Russell17573
Lauderdale169833
Colbert164126
Blount160815
Escambia160324
Chilton156431
Jackson156011
Covington138527
Dale135844
Coffee13206
Pike119410
Chambers116142
Tallapoosa115685
Clarke108916
Marion95729
Butler91639
Barbour8737
Winston73812
Marengo71620
Pickens65614
Lowndes65327
Bibb65210
Randolph64213
Hale63428
Lawrence61623
Geneva6074
Cherokee60313
Bullock59914
Monroe5848
Clay5797
Washington55613
Perry5416
Crenshaw53632
Conecuh53511
Wilcox53111
Henry4935
Macon48119
Fayette4508
Sumter43519
Lamar3662
Cleburne3646
Choctaw34912
Greene30315
Coosa1683
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 189454

Reported Deaths: 2352
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby30613455
Davidson26381303
Hamilton937494
Knox929875
Rutherford924089
Williamson519836
Sumner479497
Wilson345344
Putnam327740
Montgomery304544
Unassigned29474
Bradley291417
Out of TN284426
Madison283264
Sevier259615
Blount250424
Maury232923
Washington227635
Robertson220335
Sullivan214833
Hamblen189926
Tipton180519
Trousdale16537
Gibson163622
Hardeman155826
Wayne14955
Dyer135014
Bedford132817
Dickson125015
Coffee121013
Cumberland119218
Fayette118319
Weakley117619
Henderson116924
Anderson116513
Carter115828
Obion115610
Loudon11546
Greene114244
McMinn111325
Jefferson111014
Warren10477
Macon104620
Monroe103018
Lawrence102312
Hardin102216
Lauderdale97916
Haywood96819
Franklin9639
Lake9182
Roane8854
McNairy87618
Carroll87420
Bledsoe8544
White8309
Rhea82112
Cheatham80510
Hawkins79618
Marshall7495
Cocke7439
Overton7355
Smith71311
Johnson6962
Chester62310
Henry6189
Lincoln6111
Giles59117
Hickman5738
DeKalb56114
Crockett53619
Marion5258
Decatur5127
Fentress4933
Claiborne4415
Campbell4394
Polk38810
Grainger3723
Union3531
Benton3369
Jackson3245
Morgan3153
Unicoi2851
Cannon2830
Grundy2835
Humphreys2463
Sequatchie2312
Meigs2263
Clay2245
Houston2143
Scott2132
Stewart1982
Lewis1961
Moore1691
Van Buren1640
Perry1500
Pickett1142
Hancock1063

Community Events