10-year-old sets new single-age half marathon world record of 1:37:15

School boy beats his parent’s half marathon PB and breaks world record in the process


by Rhalou Allerhand

On May 3 at the Wisconsin Half Marathon in the US, 10-year-old Noah Bliss beat his dad by two minutes and broke a world record for his age bracket in the process. The fastest runner under the age of 19 by more than two minutes, Noah set a new single-age world record of 1:37:15, as recognised by the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS).

The young runner, who finished 71st out of 2,073 runners, had not planned to set a world record. But when his father stopped at a water station at mile nine of the 13.1-mile route, he left him for dust.

The speedy kid, who waited patiently at the finish line for his parents, started running with his father, Jeff Bliss, at the tender age of 7. He ran his first half marathon alongside his mother Monica Bliss the following year.

The minimum age for running the Wisconsin Half Marathon is 14, but after contacting the race director and consulting the race’s medical director, Noah was granted an exception.

Jeff Bliss told Runners World US some people had voiced their concerns about Noah’s health, but they were not deterred. “From everything we read…and [from] talking to his doctor and the medical director for the race, we weren’t concerned as parents. Studies had shown that there was no concern.”

Bliss' record is only valid with the Association of Road Racing Statisticians. USA Track and Field maintains the best time for a half marathon goes to 10-year-old Jerome Daniels, who ran 1:25 minutes in 1984.

Noah is training for another half marathon on May 18, so either way the record might not last for long.


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