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Macon family continues tradition of running in the Labor Day Road Race

Roby Fuller first started running to past his test to become a firefighter, but now running is a family affair.

MACON — On Monday morning, more than 1,700 people laced up their shoes for the annual Macon Labor Day Road Race.

Everybody running had a reason, including one Central Georgia family who has been running for decades.

People of all ages ran in the 42nd Annual Labor Day race, including sisters Adalynn and Ava Fuller.

13WMAZ asked the two sisters who was going to win the race.

"Me, me, me," Adalynn Fuller said, but Ava said, "I'm probably going to follow her and go past her."

But for the Fullers, this race is not just about winning -- it's a family affair.

"Togetherness, the family unity, just to have the connection there with the family," Roby Fuller said.

Roby Fuller started running in the late 1970s so he could pass his physical to become a firefighter. He then passed his new skill on to his two sons.

"When my first son was born, he started running with me. Then a couple years later, my youngest son started running with me; one lives in Nashville, one lives in Tampa," Fuller said.

Fuller added that since the 90s, he and his sons have been running in the race and now the whole family laces up for the big event.

"And as the grandkids start growing, the grandma and granddaddy get to see the grandkids," Fuller said.

This year the Fullers have something new to celebrate: 11-year-old Adalynn won third place in the Junior division, but she says the race is not only about winning.

"It's [about] just getting your exercise. Getting exercises and staying healthy," Adalynn said.

And as the Fuller Family hangs up their shoes after this year's race, Roby is already scoping out who will pound the pavement next.

"I'm looking for the next youngest one to come up and I got a new one here. I'm looking for her to come in first place too," Fuller said.

They say running together is a tradition that will continue forever.

If you're wondering who won, you can click here to find out.

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