Anthony Russo, a 5-year-old from Jackson, New Jersey, will run Saturday's Trenton Half Marathon and could become just the second person his age to officially complete a 13.1-mile race.
Athlinks.com lists another 5-year-old, Matthew Feibush, with a time of 3:02:32 at the Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon in Irvine, California in May.
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Russo's father, Nick, says that the idea of the youngster doing a half marathon came from the example and the subsequent encouragement of a family friend who has trained for Ironman triathlons. "He has been giving us so much advice since Anthony started," the elder Russo told The Trentonian. "I thought it was a friend complimenting my kid. But as time progressed it was like, 'Wow, I can't believe this kid is doing this.'"
Anthony has done a 13-mile training run in 2:32 and an 11-miler in two hours, his father told Runner's World Newswire. Many of his runs are done with his mother, a middle school teacher. The Trentonian reports, "[T]hey play a fun game on their runs where they pretend people are pirates."
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Anthony is pretty clear about his goal for the Trenton Half Marathon, which of course will have able-bodied well-trained adults. "I want to win," he says.
Last month, we reported on a 6-year-old girl, Keelan Glass, who did the Showdown Half Marathon in Fairview, Texas in 2:47:30 (read Keelan's marathon story here). Subsequently, Newswire learned of 5-year-old Feibush and Rosey Dunham, 6, who finished the Dayton River Corridor Classic, an Ohio half marathon, in 2:35:23.
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