28 Mar '15, 5am

An 8-year-old with a brain tumor finishes 33 miles of a 50-mile race:

If it weren’t for his aching feet, Lotatoa “Lota” Ward thinks he would've finished last weekend’s Antelope Island Buffalo Run, a 50-mile trail race near Salt Lake City. He made it 33 miles, an impressive distance for any runner to complete. But Lota isn’t just any runner. Lota is an 8-year-old with a brain tumor. “I like running because it helps me a lot with hard times,” Lota told Runner’s World Newswire . “It doesn’t make me feel scared going into brain surgery.” Inspired by his ultrarunner dad, Lota started hitting the trails behind his family home in Layton, Utah, last year. He ran three half marathons, including the 2014 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship 21K in September where he raised about $1,700 for two of his friends who suffer from spinal muscular atrophy. “As his mom, I had a lot of reservations about his running,” Rowena Ward said. “I honestly did not wan...

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