4th of July Saturday morning dedicated central Texas long distance runners arrive at Boat Town, Kingsland at 6:15 am for a long run. (6, 8, 10 or 12 miles were the options) As runners arrive Coach Chris Schrader of Marble Falls HS checks runners', parents', drivers', and photographer's temperature to confirm each is good to go. The cooler is filled with water and sponges. Runners from Pflugerville Weiss, Marble Falls, Leander Glenn, Round Rock, Cedar Ridge, Llano, St. Michael's, and Western Texas JC roll out onto RR 2900 over Lake LBJ, then right onto CR 309. The country morning run was filled with fantastic scenery, fenced herds of goats, jumping over cattle guards, and at times waiting for the cattle to literally cross the road.
"A team of athletes working towards a common goal while combining the social side of living, becomes a dangerous combination on the cross-country course."
After 8 miles, the burn was kicked in for the final 4 miles.
Senior Jason Huerta from John Glenn lead the pack back to Boat Town. Before the track season was cancelled Huerta had improved his time on the 1600m during the Viking Relays to 4:32.23.
"A team of athletes working towards a common goal, while combining the social side of living, becomes a dangerous combination on the cross-country course." Coach Schrader encourages camaraderie, building on the dedication of the athletes for the sport of running.