Love on the run

Madison couple postpone
love of running to wed

Crawley, Hosmer have turned
their attention to triathlons

By Ruth Wright
Staff Writer

MADISON, Ind. (July 2004) – At 64 degrees, the water temperature last June 6 at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville was cold enough to induce hypothermia. John Crawley and Stacy Hosmer of Madison, Ind., had come prepared. Before getting in, they donned protective wetsuits. After swimming a half mile, they each quickly changed from the suits and mounted their bicycles for a 16-mile ride, followed by a three-mile run. It was the couple's first triathlon.

John Crawley, Stacy Hosmer

Photo by Ruth Wright

John Crawley and Stacy Hosmer of Madison.

"I felt like that was the hardest thing that I had ever done of my own free will," said Crawley, owner of Crawley Heating and Cooling.
"We didn't know what to expect," said Hosmer, who admitted to being somewhat surprised to finish first in her age group with a time of 1:37:51.6. Not bad for someone who just a few years ago didn't even like to run. "She started running with me when we met," said Crawley.
Crawley, 35, and Hosmer, 31, who are engaged to wed this summer, have a lot in common. Both were high school athletes and both enjoy physical fitness. Crawley is a native of Santa Claus, Ind., where he attended Heritage Hills High School and competed in football and track throughout his high school career. Hosmer, 31, attended Southwestern High School in Hanover, where she competed in a variety of sports including softball, swimming and track and field.
Last year the husband-and-wife-to-be competed in a total of three triathlons, including a team event on June 21 in which Hosmer took on the swimming and running legs of the race, while Crawley tackled biking. They finished third in their division.
Although relatively new to triathlons, Crawley and Hosmer compete regularly in long distance running events. That included this year the Triple Crown of Running mini-marathon during the Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville. They also have competed in several local events, including runs sponsored by the Madison State Hospital, the Madison Regatta Festival and Girls Inc.

Hosmer triathlon

Photo provided

Stacy Hosmer transitions to bicycle at the Shelbyville Triathlon.

The triathlons in which they competed last year were part of the Shelbyville Classic Triathlon Series coordinated by Tuxedo Brothers Event Management of Zionsville, Ind. The company specializes in running, walking and multi-sports events throughout the state.
It takes a lot of dedication to prepare for a triathlon. Crawley and Hosmer had trained year-round to get in shape for last year's competition, stepping up their normal workout routine. In the winter they swam at Southwestern High School and in the summer at Hereford Lake.
"What we've learned is that you have to create your own training preparation," said Hosmer. Crawley admitted that isn't always easy, especially after working a 14-hour day. Sometimes, he gets up at 5 a.m. to swim or run before heading off to work. In addition, it takes at least a couple of weeks to recuperate from a triathlon, according to Hosmer.
Crawley and Hosmer said during last year's competition they picked up a few tricks of the trade by watching their competitors that will help them in the future. One thing they learned was a faster way to change shoes and clothes, a necessary but time-consuming step in between events that is included in final times. "You're not just racing when you're swimming, biking and running, but you're also racing to change clothes in between," Crawley explained.

Stacy Hosmer, John Crawley

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Stacy Hosmer and John Crawley after a recent competition.

Although they often compete alongside each other, both Crawley and Hosmer said that the competition is always friendly. They even once crossed the finish line holding hands. "I like to compete but I don't compete as much against other people as I do to better myself," said Crawley.
Both plan to enter triathlons on July 25 and Aug. 1 but will forego the Firecracker 10K during the Madison Regatta Festival for something more important – their wedding day. The couple will marry on July 3.

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