Columbus runner sets record in Burnsville race

Published 2:02 pm Thursday, October 12, 2023

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Jennifer Fisher of Columbus competed in the Ascent at Mountain Air 5K in Burnsville, N.C., on Saturday, October 7.

Fisher finished in first place for female runners, setting a record in the process, and completed the 5K with a time of 30 minutes and 29 seconds. She broke the previous record in the Masters Female category by over 2 minutes.

The Ascent at Mountain Air 5K is considered the steepest race in North Carolina, with a course climbing 1,800 feet in elevation. Earlier this year, Fisher placed first in the steepest race in South Carolina, the Sassafras Struggle.

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“At 42 years old, she is still proof that age is just a number,” said her husband, Chad Fisher. “She is as strong as ever. I’m so proud of her!”