PERU – Over 50 runners opened Peru State College’s homecoming activities Saturday running “Nebraska’s Toughest Mile.”
Tanner Fischer, a sophomore from Hartington, Neb., defended his title and beat his time last year. He crossed the finish line with a time of 6:04.
He described the route with a hill at the start that sets the pace, then a trench that leads up to the gut buster hill.
Fischer: “It’s a long hill that’s probably a 45 degree incline, maybe more in certain spots. It’s real tough to work up it, but once you get to the top, it’s a real glorifying feeling.”
Jennifer and Rick James, who farm near Verdon, have faced the gut buster before.
Jennifer James: “We’ve done it a couple times before. It’s a shorter distance than we are used to, but that hill is awful.”
Hannah Wynn, senior cross country runner, said the run raises funds for the following year’s team. She said the team avoids the gut buster as much as they can, but the Toughest Mile is a part of being a Bobcat runner.
Wynn: “I really like it. I actually did this event when I was in middle school. I remember the cross country coach then coming and talking to me about running for Peru, so that was really good for me. I really enjoyed that.”
Shively: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so here I am. Got up early. Drove down from Omaha.”
From a top the campus at Peru State College, I’m Dan Swanson. News Channel Nebraska.