Three baseball games in two days can wear on a kid. But rather than sleep in on Sunday, Chase Brooks had a special date with the A2A 5K.

He wanted to be at Noble Stadium, running in a race recently renamed in his mother's honor.

The 5K was renamed "Robbie's Run" in memory of Robbie Brooks, an A2A supporter and running enthusiast who died in a boating accident on Lake Murray in May 2012. Chase and his dad, Robert, had been a part of past A2A 5Ks, but Sunday's run was by far the most significant.

"It meant a lot when they told us what they were gonna do," Chase said. "The impact she had, that's a small way to show that, to name something after her like this. It really meant a lot to my dad and I."

The Plainview senior crossed the line ahead of his dad by quite some time, but made a point to finish the race by his side, catching up with Robert as he made the first turn on Noble Stadium's track.

"It's amazing what this community does, to step up, wrap your arms around you day-to-day," Robert said. "It's unbelievable.

"I actually did better this year than I did last year, so I felt good about that. And I had a little help from above to help me get through it."

Faster finishes

The bump up made a difference.

As the A2A moved its start date from April to March, temperature played a big part in a more enjoyable experience for runners on Sunday compared to last year's race.

Numerous runners talked about the improved conditions, and it showed on Sunday, with 17 runners finishing the marathon in less than four hours compared to 15 last year.

The 2014 A2A is slated for March 30.

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