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Stick­ing to the long dis­tance run­ning in the win­ter, Jenk­ins prefers longer runs to the shorter dis­tances like sprints.

“He is a tremendous ath­lete and a com­peti­tor,” said Donna Jenk­ins. “He is a great bas­ket­ball player and all around ath­lete. If he wanted to run sprints, he could.”

Jonathon’s older brother Josiah Jenk­ins, 13, is also a part of the Rock­ets team.

Fin­ish­ing fourth at Na­tion­als with a time of 5:17, the broth­ers push each other to do bet­ter.

“I ran hard and I am happy Jenk­ins.

“It’s a fam­ily event,” said mother Donna. “We load up and make a fam­ily va­ca­tion of it.”

The Jenk­ins, who have a to­tal of seven kids, all run­ners, have made quite a name for them- in­dus­try.

“When­ever we go to an event, peo­ple seem to know who the Jenk­ins are,” said Donna Jenk­ins. “The kids have peo­ple come up to them say­ing that they were cheer­ing for them, and they have no clue who they are.”

Both Jonathon and Josiah are work­ing hard to im­prove their run­ning ev­ery day.

With as­pi­ra­tions of run­ning in col­lege and one day mak­ing it to the Olympics, the boys have set their goals high.

“They both have goals to some­day to be­come pro­fes­sional run­ners and run at the next level,” said Donna Jenk­ins.

Medal wor­thy:

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Josiah Jenk­ins, 13 (above) and his brother Jonathan have turned heads in the run­ning world. The broth­ers have their sights on an Olympic bid in ei­ther 2016 or be­yond.

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