Peach Run brings family together

Published 3:15 pm Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Father’s Day was celebrated June 18, and Steve Pendley was in for quite the surprise during the Peach Run a day prior.

All six of his kids joined him in running the race as a family for the first time in about 20 years.

The Pendleys pulled out all the stops in the preparation leading up to the event with the goal of recreating a photo that was taken and published in a 1990 edition of The Clanton Advertiser.

Several things were replicated including the family members wearing matching outfits and even going as far as to get matched up with the exact same numbers that they ran with in during the Peach Run in 1989.

A lot has changed over the past two decades, but one thing that remains the same is the bond that the Pendley family has with running.

“It was a complete surprise to him,” said Jackie Pendley, mother.

As a Father’s Day gift, members of the family recreated a photo that was published in The Clanton Advertiser prior to the Peach Run in 1990. (Contributed photo)

Two of the children made trips to Clanton from Lubbock, Texas and Dublin, Georgia to take part in the reunion run.

The tradition was carried on to the next generation, as three grandchildren also ran alongside their fellow family members.

According to Jackie Pendley, she is the only one in the family that does not run. However, she is the first one to greet them after they finish up.

“Somebody has to be at the finish line cheering them on,” Jackie Pendley said.

Steve Pendley is a marathon runner and has competed in various ironman competitions. He has competed with his sons Steven and Jeremy in triathlons over the years.

That family passion for running was developed at an early age, as about all six kids was introduced to the sport around 2 years old.

“They’re natural born runners,” Jackie Pendley said. “My husband inspires people to start running.”

An example of that was the overall winner of the 10K competition Douglas Mims, who according to Jackie Pendley, her husband helped introduce to running.