For the Hertle family of Columbus, running is a family tradition.

For example, Colby Hertle, 14, said he runs cross-country all year long.

“But this is a bit longer,” said the Central Middle School student as he prepared to begin the 5K race.

When asked why he does it, Hertle said it’s a fun activity that helps him stay in shape.

But then, the teen admitted that participating in the Mill Race Marathon has become an annual father-son tradition.

“It’s a good personal challenge for both of us,” said his dad, Greg Hertle, 42. “And seeing the hometown crowd out here supporting us makes it a lot more fun.”

— Mark Webber

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.