31 Jul '13, 5pm

Can kids safely run a 10K? Our SPORTS DOC responds:

This is a great question, and unfortunately there is no evidence-based answer to guide you in your decision-making for your sons. I usually base my answer regarding kids and distance running on several factors. The first—and most important from my perspective—is who is initiating the activity: the child or the parent? If, as in this case, it is the child, I think it is OK to proceed. That said, the move from 5K to 10K is doubling the distance, so the decision to make that increase in distance and running time would depend on the training base. If the boys are running at a level that supports the 10K race distance, it is probably reasonable to proceed; if not, it would be important to slowly advance their running base to make the transition safer and injury-free. It would be important for them to know that they can drop out of the race if they do not feel well, and importan...

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