LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Rodes City Run 10K.. kicked off Saturday morning near 1st and Broadway, the second leg of the Louisville Triple Crown of running.

More than 5,000 people participated, including Asia Ford, a woman who just three years ago weighed more than 500 pounds.

She ran in last year's race, but had trouble near the end of the race. That's when LMPD Lieutenant Aubrey Gregory stepped in, helping her cross the finish line.

The two met again at Saturday's race, and Ford said all the support she's received during her weight-loss journey in the last year is one of the main reason she's never stopped.

"Amazing stories that I received remind me of where I came from," she said. "And that if I give up, I'm giving up on that woman who doesn't have that self-esteem, or that woman who is just on the ledge, and she's ready to give up.

"So it's amazing. It's been an amazing year."

It took Ford about an hour and 47 minutes to finish Saturday's race.

The mother of three has lost nearly 300 pounds on her journey, and still wants to drop 60 more.

The race itself is a major fundraiser for the Crusade for Children.

The final leg of the triple crown is the Papa John's 10 Miler on March 26. For a full list of Saturday's results, click here.

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