His parents paid him to train.
Tyler Heggie isn’t the youngest marathoner int he world, but he’s close. Last month, the nine-year-old boy completed the BMO Nesbitt Burns Prince Edward Island Marathon in Canada, finishing in a very respectable four hours 37 minutes and 18 seconds–good for 182nd place and ahead of 75 adult runners.
Heggie trained with his father, Andrew, throughout most of the summer.
Why did Heggie take on the 26.2-mile race?
“I like the views, running past the water,” he responded.
So is Tyler’s feat, running a marathon at the age of nine, a healthy notion?
According to the American Association of Pediatrics, there are many reports that indicate children taking part in intensive training can incur various problems. However, the site also states that because much of the evidence is anecdotal that it can’t be relied upon for drawing firm conclusions.
Young Tyler received incentives from his parents to train: one dollar per kilometer and Goldfish crackers. “[I got] one per lap,” Tyler said about his favorite snack.
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