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13 Miles, Grade 3

13 Miles, Grade 3

13.1094 miles, approximately. That’s the distance of a half-marathon, an incredible feat and major milestone for any runner. The Chevron Houston Marathon hosted its annual event last weekend, including the Half Marathon, bringing out thousands of runners and those who support them. One in particular is third grader Zach ‘29, who attended the half-marathon event, not as a spectator, but as a participant.

“Zach has always loved to run, and his dad usually runs the marathon every year,” said Zach’s mom. “So after the 2019 marathon, we asked Zach if he wanted to do the half in 2020 and he was super excited! He and my husband trained together starting last summer and would usually run two or three times a week, with their long runs being on Saturdays.”

Training is key for any participant in a half-marathon and to practice running the long distances, athletes dedicate hours of time each week to make sure they are capable of running without burning out. For a young athlete like Zach, this was intimidating, but he didn’t let it overwhelm him.

“We always go see my dad or mom run in the races and I thought it would be fun, and it was,” said Zach. He continued, adding, “I even beat my dad to the finish line!”

Join us in congratulating Zach on his major accomplishment!