BRENTWOOD, TN – Crye-Leike, Realtors Affiliate Broker Amber Carlson feels a bit like a survivor after successfully completing the Chicago Marathon Sunday October 7, 2007.


Carlson’s journey started ten months prior, when she registered and began training for her first full marathon run.


“With a few triathlons and many 10K’s and a couple half marathons under my belt, I felt I had no more excuses,” said Carlson. “I wanted to complete a full marathon before I turned 30. It scared me, but I had to go all the way.”


Carlson’s training partner is her sister in law Angela Thurmond (pictured). Together they worked up to Carlson’s first full marathon with 5am runs several times a week, when Carlson admits “It’s the one time of the day I don’t feel guilty about not having my cell phone with me.”


Fast-forward to the Chicago Marathon race day and Carlson says she felt good, despite waking up the night before ever hour to make sure she had not overslept.


Carlson started the race at the 10-minute mile race marker – a good place to start in her mind.  “The sun was gracious at first but the humidity was so thick I could have cut it,” said Carlson. “By mile one I was already pouring sweat. I was thinking isn’t this the Windy City?”



It was at mile 21 Carlson says she heard a Chicago police officer over an intercom say the race had been canceled. “I asked the guy next to me if I heard right,” said Carlson. “I asked a spectator why they had canceled the race and her comment was because of the heat? and I replied, HEAT? this is nothing compared to what I trained in.”


Carlson learned then of how many runners had collapsed and succumbed to the conditions, and would later hear of a runner who died.  As she reached each water station, which was quickly followed by a Medic Tent she could not believe the scene.  She saw people lined up all over the sidewalks, lying on the ground and throwing up.


“I did not come to Chicago to run a marathon and have to stop,” said Carlson. “They were re-routing everyone to the Finish Line? so I kept telling myself out loud – I Will Finish – I Will Finish.”


Feeling better when she jogged – even though it was encouraged to walk at this point – Carlson said her breathing was under control, her sunglasses blocked the sun, the ice cubes from spectators helped and she felt strong.


Soon the finish line was in sight and so were thousands of spectators cheering her on.  Carlson crossed the finish line – her first full marathon in five hours and 22 minutes.  It was indeed an emotional journey she will never forget.


“I am very determined, self motivated individual? always have been in my personal life and also with my work ethics so quitting was and is NEVER an option, said Carlson. “So, another goal checked-off and another race finished? what next?”


Carlson has been a Crye-Leike, Realtor Affiliate Broker since 2006 working with buyers and sellers in and around Sumner and Davidson counties.  She specializes in residential real estate with a focus on investment properties, first-time homebuyers, new construction and land, condominiums and town homes.


Carlson is a member of the Sumner Association of Realtors, the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, the Real Estate Buyers Agent Council and the Tennessee Association of Realtors.


Carlson’s community service includes participating with TRAC, a temporary residence for children and youth in crisis and a homemaker for the Senior Citizens of Hendersonville


Crye-Leike, Realtors was established in 1977 by Harold Crye and Dick Leike.  Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 4th largest real estate company, has a network of over 3,900 sales associates and 125 corporate and franchise offices located in 65 counties through-out the eight-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina.


Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in the following areas of specialty: residential sales, mortgage lending, title, insurance, commercial business and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services referrals.  In 2006, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $6.1 billion with 35,498 closed transaction sides.