How Young Is Too Young to Run?

March 25, 2015 3:54 PM

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Nicholas Sullivan ran his first race at age 7. It was only a mile, and it wasn’t enough for the now fourth-grader in Little Silver, New Jersey. “He just kept saying he wanted to run more, he wanted to run the 5K, 5K, 5K,” says Nicholas’ dad, Bob Sullivan, a former professional tennis player who now coaches.

So Nicholas spent the summer running with his parents, slowly building up from 1 mile to 3 miles, one half-mile at a time. By the fall, at age 8, he tackled the 5K, clocking in at an impressive 28 minutes. The next year, at age 9, he ran it in 22 minutes. This past fall, at age 10,​ Nicholas crossed...

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