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SYSK: Grundy Center cross country runner finishes what he starts


There are approximately 40 junior high and high school students on the Grundy Center Cross Country Team. One of those students is senior Adam Beck Brunk.

Adam isn't the fastest runner on the team, but he may be the most determined.

"It's hard enough for me to do it, and for him to do it, I'm like wow," said teammate Jonathan McIntire.

Adam suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, but he's still participated in cross country for three years. He got started just by showing up at Coach Sam Iverson's, ready to go buy running shoes.

"My goal for him was to finish a race, and he said I want to do 10," said Coach Sam Iverson.

Adam often suffers seizures while running, which is why he wears pads. He stops, sometimes falls down, but then he gets back up and finishes what he started.

"I fall down, and I get right back up and keep going. The best I can," said Adam Beck Brunk.

Adam can't do everything his fellow teammates do in practice, but he always gives 100 percent. At one point, he even told Coach Iverson he needed to push him more because he didn't finish a race strong enough.

"I don't hear much complaining about workouts. When we're going hard and fast, I say look at Adam. He's doing fine. They just take him in, and help him in any way they can," said Iverson.

During meets, Adam typically starts with the girls. He has his own timer, and he simply goes as fast and as long as he can.

"I just don't want to give up," he said.

And he doesn't give up. 45 minutes and four seconds after he started, Adam crossed the finish line at the Go Hawk Invitational in Jesup -- setting a new personal record.

"It's an inspiration to us, to his teammates, to us coaches. We love the fact that he's out," said Coach Iverson.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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