ANAMOSA — It takes a special athlete with a strong mentality to complete a marathon distance.

Thanks to Running Raider Marathon Club coaches Nic and Heather Weers, Anamosa has 26 such athletes, who completed a marathon they journey started back on Aug. 28, and ended Friday, Nov. 3, in front of the middle school.

“This is such a fun program for Heather and I to put on because we can see the confidence and competition grow in each runner,” said Weers, who ran with his group of mainly middle school runners before school at 7:30 a.m. and witnessed 13 run their fastest time of the year in the final mile of the event.

“For some of these kids, this is their seventh marathon, and they attack the mile absolutely fearlessly. Some kids are there for the health of running, and they get themselves in shape and become better physically. Whoever it was, they learned something from this program whether it be competition, commitment, determination or work ethic.

Earning their trophies completing the marathon distance Friday morning were: Seth Countryman, Vince Diers, Tessa Diesburg, Nate Fischer, Austin Goodrich, Landon Hall, Braxton Heffernan, William Heims, Skylar Hollett, Braeden Keister, Samuel Kenny, Carter Kuehl, Jacob Lincoln, Grant Lubben, Carver Reiss, Kinnick Reiss, Jack Sellnau, Brandon Sparrgrove, Jack Troester, Carlee Webber, Braeden Webber, Grayson Weers, Nolan Weers, Easton Wheeler, Miken Wheeler, Wes Wheeler, Gabe Wilmoth and Ryer Wilmoth.

“These kids toed the line every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and committed,” Weers said. “They are better because of it. This school is better because of it, and this community is better because these kids refused to be average

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