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Middle-School Runner Tackles 100-Miler

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 20, 2013
  • Updated Aug. 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM UTC
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 He finished the race in under 24 hours.

The San Jose Mercury News has an impressive piece about 13-year-old Miguel Vivaldo.

The eighth grader completed the Run-de-Vous, a 100-mile race over the weekend. His time was beyond impressive: 23 hours, 48 minutes, and 21 seconds, which may make Vivaldo the youngest person ever to go under 24 hours for 100 miles.

Run-de-Vous race director Rajeev Patel says that Vivaldo covered the last two miles in 18 minutes.

Vivaldo showed up to school after the race in a wheelchair. He said he’d fallen in the shower.

“I fooled most of my friends and even Teresa, too,” he said, referring to Sunrise Middle School director Teresa Robinson.

“I really felt terrible when he rolled into school,” Robinson said. “But then he finally smiled.”

Of the 30 finishers in the race, Vivaldo was 11th overall.

“He just executed his strategy perfectly,” admitted Kermit Cuff, Vivaldo’s coach. “He didn’t make any mistakes. I don’t know how he does this. It’s like he has been doing this for years and years.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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