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.
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.