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After a year's journey, runner reunites with Louisville police officer who helped her finish 10K

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This photo of Asia Ford crossing the finish line with LMPD Lt. Aubrey Gregory went viral in 2015. This photo of Asia Ford crossing the finish line with LMPD Lt. Aubrey Gregory went viral in 2015.
Asia Ford poses with her number for this year's race. Asia Ford poses with her number for this year's race.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands of runners are preparing to hit the pavement in downtown for the Rodes City Run 10K on Saturday.

Among those at the starting line will be a woman and a police officer whose picture went viral last year.

It’s just hours before 6.2 miles awaits but Asia Ford says she's ready.

“I've just been getting in pavement time and making sure I continue to do my workouts and keep up my strength,” Ford said Friday.

Her journey started at more than 500 pounds. She's lost close to 300 since then. But losing weight the old fashioned way is filled with good days and bad.  Last year, so close to the finish line, her mind said yes but her body said no.

“I was crying because I only had a mile in front of me but my body wouldn't allow me to move anymore so I looked down and I said God if I could only move a couple more feet," she told WDRB during an interview last March. 

What happened next inspired the whole city and was captured by a local photographer. LMPD Lt. Aubrey Gregory helping with traffic at the race had been watching Asia. When she was about to quit he stepped in. Together they crossed the finish line.

“Being a police officer is not just about law enforcement it is about helping and service,” Lt. Gregory told WDRB last March.

Since then the two have become close friends.

“We actually text and call we even have lunch together. We're good friends,” said Ford.

And Saturday he'll be cheering her on.

“He actually works tomorrow and we'll see each other at the beginning of the race,” explained Ford.

The mother of three says she has 60 more pounds to lose. This year's 10K gets her a few steps closer to that goal.

“It's been one year of you can have a bad day, you can have a good day but just don't have one of those quit days,” she said. 

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