Chris Honcik, a parent volunteer at Whittier Elementary in Boise, sent us a note about a notable young athlete in our midst.
Like many schools in districts across the Treasure Valley, Whittier has a popular running club. Kids run during recess and get rewards along the way to the ultimate goal of running 100 miles by the end of the school year. Just a handful of kids at Whittier has met the goal since the club started six years ago, said Honcik.
But this year, a first grader named Noah Meyring, 7, has “blown past” previous records, said Honcik. Noah has already run more than 300 miles.
“I am just in awe,” said Honcik. “As an adult, I run some, but for a 7-year-old to show that kind of dedication is amazing and inspiring.”
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Noah’s mom, Monica Meyring, who is also a runner, said Noah has been running every school day at recess. His tips for beginning runners include: “No talking while doing your miles. That way you run faster.” Good advice for all kinds of tasks, we’re thinking.
If you know of fantastic young runners in other local school programs — and we know they’re out there — post the news in the comments below. Include your own tips for beginning runners of all ages.