Nine-Year-Old Beats Adults In Canadian Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 11, 2011
Tyler Heggie placed ahead of 75 adults in a marathon last month. Photo: Guardian

His parents paid him to train.

Tyler Heggie placed ahead of 75 adults in a marathon last month. Photo: Guardian

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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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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