9-year-old Will Stone sets half-marathon world record


Competing in the Gasparilla Distance Classic over the weekend, 9-year-old Will Stone set the half-marathon world record for his age group, covering the 13.1 miles in a ridiculous 1:41.07.

Stone’s remarkable run beat the old record — set back in 1984 — by about four seconds. Stone also finished only 37 minutes behind Gasparilla half-marathon winner Ryan Vail, a 27-year-old professional distance runner who finished 11th in the marathon at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Vail’s time 1:04.06 shattered the old Gasparilla course record by over five minutes.

Yeah, I’d say the young Stone is in pretty good company.

Stone ran the first 10 miles alongside his father but surged past his old man with a little over three miles remaining. The elder Stone said competing alongside Olympic-caliber athletes was exciting for his son:

When elite runners passed, I showed Will. I said, ‘There’s Olympians right there.’ He totally wants to be an Olympian one day. Hopefully he will.

Will ended up beating his dad by about one minute.

[Source: Tampa Bay Times]