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Quick in elementary race

Nathan and Jacob Murray (click for larger version)
October 27, 2010 - Brothers Nathan and Jacob Murray enjoy biking, swimming and running.

Their passion showed as they broke records on Oct. 7 at the 8th Annual Cross Country Challenge run for elementary students in Clarkston.

Jacob took first place for the boys Kindergarten to second-grader group, finishing his half mile race in 3:16.56. Jacob also broke the record for first-graders.

Nathan took first for the boys third to fifth-grader group, finishing at 6:16.72. He set a new record for the fifth graders.

Nathan remembered vividly the race at Clarkston High School

"There were two big hills, one was gravel and one was grass," he said. "Everytime I got to the top of the hill I usually sprinted so I could have a better finished."

Throughout the rest of the race he maintained his speed by jogging. He admitted he got a good lead on the second place runner after passing him on the grass hill.

"It is pretty amazing," said mom, Laura. "They are fast runners.After Jacob ran the half mile he said he wanted to run with Nathan's group."

Last year the boys took second place in their grade levels.

"I did it for fun," said Nathan on how he got started in the challenge. "Our gym teacher at Bailey Lake Elementary talked about it a lot. He said if we had the most people from the school come to the race, we get a big trophy for having the most people."

Nathan, Jacob, along with their Bulldog classmates were successful this year and brought the traveling trophy to the school. Their five-year-old brother, Mitchell, also ran in the race.

Nathan and Jacob participated in a triathlon during the summer and continued to run to prepare for the elementary cross country race.

"We bike and swim a lot and I am good at running," said Nathan. "The triathlon is all those things combined."

In the triathlon they ran for two miles, swam for a quarter of a mile and biked for six miles.

Nathan also participated in a mountain bike race for the distance of 16 miles.

The boys finished their soccer season in the middle of October and are now preparing for travel soccer.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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