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Running by a minefield

1st Lt. Elyse Crimm, 1st Space Operations Squadron, participates in the Santa Stampede 5K Dec. 14, 2013, in Littleton, Colo. Crimm was selected to run the half-marathon for the Air Force Space Command team at the Air Force Marathon in September at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  (Courtesy photo)

1st Lt. Elyse Crimm, 1st Space Operations Squadron, participates in the Santa Stampede 5K Dec. 14, 2013, in Littleton, Colo. Crimm was selected to run the half-marathon for the Air Force Space Command team at the Air Force Marathon in September at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (Courtesy photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- One day for no particular reason, while stationed in Korea, a young woman decided to go for a run and figured since she'd gone so far, she might as well keep going. She hasn't stopped since.

Currently, 1st Lt. Elyse Crimm, 1st Space Operations Squadron Intelligence flight commander, runs almost five times a week and trains for the Air Force Half-Marathon in September at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Crimm was selected to run the Air Force Half-Marathon for the Air Force Space Command team this year.

Although she does it frequently now she wasn't always an avid runner. She grew up in Colorado, loved hiking and playing tennis and rugby, but never running.

Then she met her now-husband, Mark Crimm, in 2007 while they were both attending college at University of Wyoming. He was a big reason she began running. Since then, her husband has been a big supporter and motivator for her continued running.

"My husband and I would run together and I got tired of him kicking my butt," said Crimm. "So I started training."

While she was stationed in Korea, participating in races gave her the opportunity to see the country. The most memorable race for Crimm was her race at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, where she was literally running by a North Korean mine field.

"It was surreal," said Crimm. "Running in Korea, I started to place and there when you win you receive medals, plaques and cash prizes, it was fun."

Her husband said he thinks she enjoys the competition more than running itself.

"I wasn't surprised that she was selected. She's going to do well and she will be highly competitive," Mark said.

According to Crimm, when you're good at something, it makes you want to do it more.

Her biggest goal is to run the marathon at the Great Wall of China.

"I want to run at least one full marathon in my lifetime, I just don't want to hurt myself by continuously running too much," said Crimm. "It takes a toll on your body, you know. But I plan on running for a long time to come."

Editor's Note: This article is part of a series highlighting Schriever Airmen's journey to the Air Force Marathon.
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