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Family runs together in 7 Bridges Marathon

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A cold start to Sunday morning didn't stop thousands of runners from lacing up their sneakers and running throughout Downtown Chattanooga.

Sunday is the 7 Bridges Marathon. It takes runners on a scenic tour of the city's downtown and riverside communities.

For the Smith family Sunday was all about some good old fashion family competition. Mom, dad, son, and even grandpa ran in different races of the 7 Bridges Marathon. Three generations running together and encouraging one another the whole leg of the race.

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For the first time in three years, Jason Smith laced up his sneakers and ran a 5K. “I didn't think I could do it. I had knee surgery and a couple other things happen, but why not get out and exercise,” said Jason Smith.

With a little help and encouragement from his family the Smith's crossed the finished line while sharing moments and building memories.

“Just being a family thing for us, it was me, my grandad, my mom, and dad running the 5K. A whole big family event going on today,” said Austin Smith.

“Becoming a family activity to get out and run. It is great exercise, great way to spend time together,” said Lisa Smith.

But with family fun comes some family friendly competition.

“Just a little bit. I've been training for a couple months now. My husband just decided to join us. I definitely had to keep my pace going because he was right on my heels.”

After countless hours of pushing himself and practice runs the youngest Smith's advice to runners looking to compete next year.

“Just finish the race, no matter if you run or walk. Just got to finish,” said Austin.

The 7 Bridges Marathon has dad itching for the next time he gets to run across the finish line. You can plan on seeing the Smith’s

“I want to do another one, it is one of the first things I asked, when is the next one coming up that I want to do.”

The race had runners pass by the Tennessee Aquarium, AT&T Field, Creative Discovery Museum, cross the Chickamauga dam, then run through the Art District, Hunter Museum and historic Walnut Street Bridge to finish in front of the carousel in Coolidge Park.

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