13 year-Old Girl Runs 50 mile Ultramarathon
This is amazing. Ultrarunners really do come in all ages, skill levels and sizes.
For a 13 year old to accomplish something like this is unbelievable. The average age of most ultrarunners is around the age of 55. At almost 40, I am considered to be towards the younger end of the spectrum. It is rare to see twenty-somethings at ultrathons. Ultrarunning takes a level of maturity, self-discipline and willingness to endure that is often lacking at the more youthful ages.
As a parent, I would not encourage or allow my son to tackle one of these when he is at a similar age. I worry about potential long term damage to bone and other structures in someone who has not yet physically matured.
Nevertheless, this story is amazing. When I am in a bad spot at mile 35 or 40 and feeling sorry for myself, I will keep this story in mind.