GREEN BAY (AP) — A 10-year-old boy from Kenosha hopes to defend his half-marathon record this weekend.
Noah Bliss started long-distance running just over two years ago. His run in an event earlier this month is the fastest on record for his age group, according to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians, which tracks races worldwide. Guinness World Records doesn’t track age-specific race results.
Bliss ran 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 37 minutes and 15 seconds, the fastest in the world among 10-year-old boys, according to ARRS.
“When I was 7, I just decided I really wanted to run,” Bliss said.
He will run Sunday in the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon even though the race usually requires participants to be at least 14 years old. Bliss told Press-Gazette Media that he’s just happy to have a chance to run through Lambeau Field.
“He’s a happy, healthy 10-year-old,” said Noah’s mother Monica Bliss. “He has close friends, he loves animals, he does really well in school. He just happens to love to run, and he happens to be good at it.”
An estimated 6,000 people will run the half-marathon this weekend. Nearly 2,000 more people will run in the full marathon. That’s the biggest event in the state behind the Milwaukee Lakefront run.
Sean Ryan has directed the Cellcom event since 2004. He said the race regularly attracts elite runners, but he’s still amazed when he sees young runners thrive in Green Bay.
“We may have a future Olympian in our midst,” Ryan said. “We attract some quality competitors, and that’s exciting.”