Saturday, September 17, 2016

Meet The 12-Year-Old Who Set Two World Records This Summer

A 12-year-old girl had two amazing accomplishments in June 2016 and raised the bar for 'tweens' in long-distance running. At the New Balance High School Nationals, Grace Ping finished second in the girls’ 5,000 meters in 16:44.80. Her time was only 20 seconds slower than 19-year-old Weini Kelati, the reigning Foot Locker Cross Country champion. Ping's 16:44.80 in the 5,000 meters established a new world record for 12-year-olds.

The next day, she ran the two mile in 10:28.66, smashing a record she already held. She also ran about five seconds faster than the record for 13-year-olds, held by Jordan Hasay -- who is now a professional runner. Ping told Runner's World magazine, "Running’s not an easy sport. It’s a lot of fun to me and I really like it, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not hard."

Ping hopes to become a professional runner and compete in the Olympic Games. I think she's well on her way to doing just that!

Keep reaching for life's mileposts!

Gotta Run,

Paul Staso, Founder & President
The P.A.C.E. Fitness Foundation, Inc.

P.A.C.E. is a non-profit organization aimed at Promoting Active Children Everywhere.