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It was a brisk Saturday morning when runners from all around the area set out for the 8th annual “Best Dam Run” in Waverly. More than 150 people showed up to take on either a 5K, an 8K or a kid’s fun run along what was being called a scenic Cedar River. With average temperatures the week before reaching 50 to 60 degrees in the morning, runners were expecting to have nearly perfect weather for this year’s “Best Dam Run”.
The problem was that Saturday marked the official start of fall which meant that temperatures were dipping slightly below 39 degrees that morning. Plenty of runners brought out their ear muffs, gloves and long sleeves to the run to make sure that they would stay warm throughout their early morning run. Once they were underway in the run, however, the cold temperature wasn’t nearly as much of an issue.
“It’s cold, but I think I’ll get pretty hot once I get going,” said first time runner Lona Klinghammer.
“You warm up pretty quick once you start running, so that wasn’t a problem,” stated runner and former Wartburg wrestler, Mark Kist.
Even with what seemed like frigid temperatures, the view of the dam from crossing two bridges and running down the banks of the river was more than enough to get runners to enjoy the race.
“You’re running Cedar Lane, coming across the cedar bridge,” said volunteer starter Bill Cashman, “It’s a really pretty course to run. One of the nicer courses in the area.”
Once the runners made their way through the course along the Cedar River, they were treated to some free breakfast pizza and water. Each runner at the “Best Dam Run” paid a registration fee to participate in the day’s events. All of the proceeds for the run went to support the Waverly Exchange Club, who was sponsoring the run. That money will then go toward the Waverly Boys and Girls Club as well as Waverly Friends of the Family.