Dis­tance doesn’t de­ter sis­ters

Hauers pre­pared for marathon to­gether via Face­Time, texts

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS - BY TIM PEARRELL

Kris­ten Hauer and her sis­ters weren’t able to train side by side for the An­them Rich­mond Marathon be­cause they live in dif­fer­ent cities.

So some­times they took a long-dis­tance route: chat­ting via Face­Time or tex­ting while they ran.

“It’s not pretty, but it works,” Hauer said.

The #sole­sisters, as they dubbed them­selves, will be able to carry on those con­ver­sa­tions face to face Satur­day. Hauer and her sis­ters, Bethany and LeeAnna, are get­ting to­gether in Rich­mond to run their first marathons.

Hauer, the old­est at 37, is driv­ing from Colum­bus, Ohio, with her two chil­dren. Bethany, the mid­dle sis­ter at 33, is com­ing from Wash­ing­ton. LeeAnna, the youngest at 26, will

ar­rive from Lynch­burg.

Some bonuses come with the re­union, too: Their par­ents are com­ing from Char­lotte, N.C., to babysit, and Hauer is hop­ing to get to see her hus­band, a mem­ber of the Na­tional Guard who’s been de­ployed to Wash­ing­ton since early Septem­ber.

Hauer said none of the sis­ters came up as a com­pet­i­tive run­ner, but they have been con­sis­tent run­ners, usu­ally at shorter dis­tances. Hauer re­mem­bers run­ning a half marathon in 2009 and say­ing she’d never run an­other.

When LeeAnna said in June she was go­ing to run the marathon in Rich­mond, “It was kind of a mo­ti­va­tor,” Hauer said.

“We couldn’t let her do her first one alone, so we said we’ll go ahead and train for it too,” she said. “None of us has ever done one, and it’s all been crazy train­ing for it sep­a­rately.”

Hauer said their Face­Time or text con­ver­sa­tions were about “how we’re feel­ing, what mile we’re at, what our goals are for the run” and mo­ti­vat­ing each other to fin­ish.

“Dur­ing the very hot sum­mer runs we got each other through the heat and hu­mid­ity be­cause we didn’t feel like we were alone in the runs,” she said. “We were each other’s cheer­lead­ers.”

Hauer, a man­ager for an out­let mall, said she went on one long run each week and tried to get in other runs on the tread­mill.

“I know LeeAnna runs a lot more fre­quently, and Bethany does, too,” she said. “We’ve all had our share of in­juries.”

Hauer’s fam­ily hails from New Cas­tle, Pa. While every­body now is in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions, she does get to see her sis­ters a few times a year.

“I’m ex­cited I get to share [run­ning a marathon for the first time] with them,” she said. “Each of us has been ap­pre­hen­sive and ex­cited all at once.”

LEEANNA EARLY

Sis­ters LeeAnna Early (from left), Bethany Chi­ef­fallo and Kris­ten Hauer will run their first marathons in Rich­mond.

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