The other night I was at a party and met up with a couple who do a lot of running. The wife had run some of the races I did, and we talked about one of them – the Snake Run – and how we saw these two kids, two brothers, who were blowing the doors off the rest of us.
We had run the three-hour race. Those kids, who were like 12 and 9 at the time, had raced the six-hour event. I later came to learn that these two dynamos had run numerous races (I saw them in the previous month’s Post Oak Challenge trail race), some of which were marathon length or longer.
It amazed me that kids that young would have the interest and ability to do these types of events.
Then I read an article on Outside magazine’s website about another family with young kids who run ultras. Amazing, right? But in the article, the Seth and Sabrina Redden mention that they’ve taken a lot of heat from people who criticize them for letting their kids run races like those.
My guess is the family’s critics think kids’ bodies aren’t made for that sort of workload, but run they do.
So what do you think? How young is too young for kids to run half-marathons? Marathons? Ultras? Or is there even such a thing as “too young?” Let me know what you think in the comments, and if you have stories of your own about you or your kids, feel free to share.
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