Roanoke runners to run all three races during the Blue Ridge Marathon

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Running the Blue Ridge Marathon can be challenging enough, but one Roanoke man has decided take it to a whole new level.

His name is Thomas Mantey, and found a passion for running back in 2010.

"I actually decided to start running because I couldn't keep up with my 7 year old son," he says.

Since then, he hasn't stopped.

And this year, he wanted be part of the Blue Ridge Marathon's 10k, half marathon, and full marathon.

"So I decided what the heck, let's run them all," said Mantey.

That's right. All three races, in one day.

That means he'll start running at 2:00 a.m.

By 3:30 a.m. he will start the half marathon.

Then, there will be a 45 minute break before the half marathon.

"I decided before I was 50 I wanted to do something that nobody had ever done before. So, crazy me decided to do this," said Mantey.

He's unofficially calling it the Triple Star.

And he even convinced fellow runner Janna Erlien to join him.

She couldn't pass on the challenge.

"I also wanted to do something to thank him," said Erlien. "When I was training for my first marathon two years ago he didn't even hesitate to run a 20 mile training run with me and I thought who does that?"

"I'm a very happy person, I've been told in the past that if my feet are moving usually so is my mouth," said Mantey.

And it's true. We strapped a GoPro to him while he was training and he talked. A lot.

To train, Erlein says they run two to three time a week, anywhere from 20 to 35 miles a week.

Saturday, they'll run 45.5 miles.

And they're not worried about their time.
There's just one thing that will matter.

"Coming across the finish line and know that I did it," said Mantey.

It's all about the experience.

"If you see us out 3 in the morning or 3 in the afternoon, just cheer us on, we'll take a sandwich," said Erlien.