A 6-year-old girl completed a half marathon over the weekend, set a world record and raised nearly $3,000 for charity.
Abilene First-grader Keelan Glass ran 13.1 miles in 2 hours, 47 minutes and 30 seconds at the Showdown Half Marathon in Fairview, Texas, at a 12.47-mile pace. That was fast enough to set a national age-group record according to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians.
Glass finished fifth out of 10 in the 14-and-under age group, though she was the only racer younger than 12 running.
According to the race announcer Cliff Couch said it looked like she hardly broke a sweat when she crossed the finish line. “It was made even more dramatic by her doing it so effortlessly,” he told the Dallas Morning News. “She seemed to be barely even breathing hard at the finish line.”
Glass, whose parents consulted with orthopedics before allowing her to run, went door-to-door to raise $2,855 for the Pregnancy Resource Center in Abilene.
Glass said her favorite part was “Announcing my name when I finished, and all the money that I raised…”
Now standing at 3-foot, 5-inches and weighing just 35 pounds, this was not the first race Glass ran.
Glass’ parents, both triathletes, ran with her in a stroller. When Glass got bored, she started riding a bike, which eventually progressed to running. At age 4 she was running 5Ks and 10Ks by the age of 5. By 10, she wants to attempt an full marathon, though her mom, Tracy, wasn’t 100 percent on board with that plan just yet.
Now, go on and try to eat that extra doughnut without feeling guilty.