What Is a Good Age for a Kid to Start Running Races?


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While no child should be forced to engage in physical activity and competition against his or her will, medical experts seem to agree that there are no specific developmental or physical risks posed by allowing a willing child to run, according to Runner's World. Younger children may not be ready or able to run long distances, but kids around age 8 or 10 might be ready for longer distances, such as a 5K.

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What Is a Good Age for a Kid to Start Running Races?
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According to Runner's World, there is some public concern about the health and safety of children who run long distances, with some people believing that distance running can have an adverse effect on a child's growth and development. However, there is evidence to the contrary, mostly in the form of real-life examples of kids who run long distances at critical stages of development, including pre- and peri-puberty, and still continue to grow healthily and avoid injuries caused by running.

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