My name is Benaiah Powers, and I am 9 years old.
I trained for almost 18 weeks to run a my first half-marathon. My training ranged from runs of 3 to 12 miles.
The morning of the race I woke up feeling excited to get started. I spent the night at my grandmother’s house the night before the race. She gave me a Pop Tart that morning for breakfast. My dad and I left for the race while it was still dark, about 5:40 am. There weren’t a lot of people there yet, so my dad and I had fun getting pictures.
After stretching I made my way to the starting line where I was surrounded by nice adult runners. I was excited about running without my parents. When I started my race my dad took pictures until I got too far away. At the eight mile mark I was getting close to the beach. I ran close to the beach for about three miles. When I could see the end I started to run faster so I could pass six or seven people before getting to the finish line.
I ran 13.1 miles in 2:21:14 and there was a 4:00:00 limit. I hurt after my race in my legs and feet. I was so nervous. After finishing the race I felt happy to have completed, but, oh so sore. I had a little problem between my thighs with chaffing from my running shorts, and my feet were a little sore, but overall I would do it again. Out of 3,500 people I ranked 696th place. A lot of the people around me where very encouraging. I got a big medal at the end of the race, and I thought, “This is awesome!” I couldn’t wait to show it to my dad. He has been my biggest fan throughout all the training. It was so worth it in the end. If I were you, I would run it also.
Now I just need to find some sponsors to help me with clothes and shoes and race entries and stuff. Oh, and snacks too!