This 12 year old sub 3 hour marathon runner wants to be an Olympian in 2028

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Working with many runners for the past 26 years both in my office and during USATFNJ track events, I have seen many things and helped runners solve many problems. Many of my current marathoners are working toward sub 4 hour marathon paces which is awesome. Some higher achieving adults do a sub 3 hour marathon but this is an elite group.

Then, there is this 12 year old girl I read about recently named Evan Kim, who was recently written about in the LA times. A 3-hour marathon is a pace of about  6.5 minutes a mile. To achieve this, you must be able to maintain that pace for 26.5 miles.

Check out the story on Evan below

She’s 12. She runs an under-3-hour marathon. And she’s prepping for the 2028 Olympics

By Noah Goldberg Staff Writer Published March 12, 2024

Evan Kim is not sure what she wants to do when she grows up. She might want to be an elementary school teacher. Or perhaps an Olympic long-distance runner.

She’s working on the running thing.

The 5-foot-tall sixth-grader placed second among all girls and women at the Ventura Marathon in February when she ran the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours 58 minutes, averaging less than 7 minutes per mile. Her goal this year is to run the fastest recorded marathon for a 12-year-old of either gender — she’s only four minutes away. Her trainer (also known as her dad, who goes by MK) says the equation is simple: Just follow the workout plan and the record will be hers.

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