2 local women complete half-marathon in Nashville

Runners Suzy Taylor Oakley, 49, of Batesville and Jessica Hogue, 31, of Sulphur Rock were among 2,911 finishers Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Nashville Women's Half Marathon & 5K.

Oakley, running her first half-marathon (13.1 miles), finished in 2:41:08, and Hogue followed shortly behind in 2:52:21.

Oakley, whose husband, Bruce, has Crohn’s disease, competed as part of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's “Team Challenge” endurance training and fundraising program for runners, walkers, cyclists and triathletes. The Tennessee, Georgia, Carolinas, St. Louis and National teams gathered 65 runners from around the country who together raised more than $150,000 to fight inflammatory bowel diseases.

Team Challenge offers 14-week training plans, which include coaching and fundraising mentors at central sites or through weekly emails and conference calls as participants prepare for destination events several times a year. Oakley joined the National Team in mid-June. She raised $3,425 and raced in a special “Top Fundraiser” racing bib as one of the five runners raising the most money through the event.

This was the first year of a three-year partnership with CCFA as the benefit organization of the Lady Speed Stick Nashville Women's Half Marathon.

The Oakleys will volunteer Oct. 20 at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s “Take Steps Be Heard” walk in Lowell. Arkansas has two CCFA walks a year: in Little Rock in May and in northwest Arkansas in October.


Check out Suzie and Bruce's blogs! And the Team Challenge Website to see how you can get involved!

Suzy Oakley’s blog:

Bruce Oakley’s blog: