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September 20, 2018 Mid-Prairie cross country teams up with Liberty to deliver game ball
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The Mid-Prairie cross country team joined the Liberty cross country team for a special run on Friday. The two teams ran 7 miles from the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital to Liberty High School to deliver the game ball prior to kickoff.

Liberty used the home football game to raise funds for those suffering childhood illnesses and had a “purple out.” Prior to the kickoff and coin toss, the two teams finished their run at the 50-yard line and handed the ball to the referee.

“It made it feel like it had a purpose and we were supporting something and it was fun to know we were helping out,” Moriah Brace, a senior for Mid-Prairie cross country, said.

The route through Iowa City and then into North Liberty took the team straight to the football field and prior to kickoff

Beyond the valuable bonding experience and running for a purpose, Mid-Prairie freshman Chandler Hershberger said it was a great experience just to learn about another team and how they practice and train.

“I got to know them and how their team works. I learned a lot because I’ve only really been on this one Mid-Prairie team,” Hershberger said.

Brace said the pace was a little faster than a typical 7-mile run might be, but because of the circumstances surrounding it wasn’t that bad.

Hershberger agreed and said the new scenery combined with joining another team made it more exciting.

“Usually we’re running 7 miles in practice with the same old people, but when you’re running in Iowa City and the experience of it all was cool.”

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