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Americus Runner Wins Division at Jingle Bell Jog

Americus Runner Wins Division at Jingle Bell Jog


ALBANY - Local runner Charlene Pennymon participated in the Phoebe Foundation’s Jingle Bell Jog in Albany on Dec. 6, winning first place in the women’s masters 5K overall division. The race included 452 participants and Pennymon finished in 23rd place overall with a time of 23:27:60. Out of the 240 women in the race across all age groups, Pennymon came in third place, averaging 7.33 minutes per mile.

Pennymon is no stranger to competitive distance running. After enjoying running as a hobby for over 15 years, the Americus resident began to participate in competitive races five years ago.


Pennymon ran her first marathon, the Albany Snickers marathon in 2012. Her race time for this marathon, 3:48:27, qualified her for entry into the Boston Marathon in 2013. She has competed in the Boston marathon the last two years, finishing this year’s race with the exact same time in which she completed the Albany Snickers marathon.

Pennymon has also competed in a number of half-marathons, the most recent taking place on Thanksgiving day, 2014.

Pennymon runs at least five or six miles every day and puts in at least 13 miles every Sunday morning. She takes off one day each week to rest and averages averaging about 40 miles per week. This consistency in her daily training helps her to stay conditioned for competitive racing. She does sprints and hill repeats to mix up her routine and ensure that her training regimen helps to keep her prepared for a variety of different running conditions.

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