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Va.10-year-old breaks world record for half marathon

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10-year old Virginia boy breaks world record in half marathon for his age. 10-year old Virginia boy breaks world record in half marathon for his age.
Reinhardt Harrison began running when he was 3 years old. Reinhardt Harrison began running when he was 3 years old.
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A 10-year-old boy in Virginia has set a new world record for the fastest half marathon for someone his age.

According to ABC News, Reinhardt Harrison ran the Alexandria Running Festival half marathon last month in Virginia in one hour, 35 minutes, and two seconds.

That’s two minutes faster than the previous record, and he wasn’t running at full speed because his dad made him treat it as a training run, according to ABC News.

Reinhardt’s dad, Dennis Harrison, said his son loves to run, so he wasn’t surprised when Reinhardt started begging to run a half marathon.

Harrison replied, “I said, ‘No, no, you’re not ready,’ and he said, ‘Well when can I?’”

Thinking it was a long way off, Harrison reportedly told his son he could run the 13.1-mile distance when he was 10 years old and had to make good on the promise last month, ABC News reports.

Harrison, 54, said “He’s actually beating me now. I keep telling him I still got a few more years. I might be able to get faster. Age is not on my side.”

But Harrison has reportedly received backlash from critics and other parents who don’t agree with young children long distances.

ABC News reports that Harrison said Reinhardt has been training so gradually for seven years that an occasional long race is safe.

Dr. Alex Diamond, a sports medicine expert at Vanderbilt University, told ABC News attitudes have changed over the years regarding children and distance races.

Diamond said, “In a normal, healthy kid with no injuries, there’s nothing we know of right now that says participating in these events would lead to growth plate or other injuries.”

Diamond also said it sounds like the Harrisons handled the race very nicely and Reinhardt “is a highly motivated, unique kid.”

*ABC News contributed to this report.

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