2018 Fifth Third Riverbank Run Road Warrior!

Hey all!

I am excited to announce that I was chosen to represent the Riverbank Run this coming year with their Road Warrior program! A few short years ago I weighed in around 260 pounds and was definitely not a runner, nor did I have any aspirations to run. A friend of mine challenged me to add some cardio/running to my workout routine and when I first started I was having issues running a half mile without stopping. Fast forward to 2017, I am now weighing in around 195 and have completed almost 90 running events including 30 half marathons, 4 marathons, a 50k trail run and a 50 mile Ultra-marathon road race as well as many others. 

The best part of the story is that the Fifth Third Riverbank Run 25k was my first race. My first real organized event road race. I had only pushed myself to 9 miles before that so I was nervous about even finishing, but when I did finish within minutes of my goal I was pumped! This race proved to me that my body is capable of much more than I had been giving it credit for. I loved the race environment and the sense of community among runners afterwards. I knew I wanted more of this! It is very much an honor to be part of such an awesome team and representing a race that is truly special to me on so many levels.

If you are planning to attend any of the training runs leading up to the Riverbank Run, please stop by and say hi! I would love to meet you and hear your story behind why you run! I try to be a source of encouragement to anyone, no matter the pace or the distance. What matters to me is that you are out there and giving it 110%!! I shouldn’t be too hard to find – I am always the guy wearing the tutu!

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Tutuman Tutuman
I am 39 years old and grew up in Clarksville, MI. I have 2 sons ages 19 and 17, 2 sisters and 1 brother and we all grew up going to Christian Schools. I say this only because shortly after I graduated I didn't want anything to do with God. My rebellion got me in some trouble with the law and eventually landed me in prison out in NV for 5 years. This gave me a chance to hit the reset button and move in a far more positive direction than ever before in my life. Since returning home in April of 2015, I have been blessed with a good job, good family support, and I look for ways to share my testimony and help others going through some of the same struggles. Finding running almost a year and a half ago has been a real life saver. I enjoy competing against myself and trying to make myself better.

2 Comments

  1. Marie Pienton Marie Pienton
    Posted November 13, 2017 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on all accounts! That’s fantastic! I will see you at the training runs!

  2. Posted November 13, 2017 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! Stop by and say hi! Thanks for the support and encouragement!

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