The 10-year-old Hungarian boy, Lóci completed the 42 km within just 5 hours, at a pace that beat adults.
The exceptional performance was reported on the Facebook page of two Hungarian brothers who have become the youngest marathon runners of all time. One of them, the determined Lóci ran the Sajarevo marathon at the age of 10 on 5 July. The proud parents revealed that originally both brothers would have participated in the competition. However, life changed their plans as Olivér’s broken collarbone prevented him from training, so with 6 weeks of compulsory rest behind him, they could only allow him to run the 5-kilometer race.
The younger brother, Lóci had no such difficulty and was more determined than ever to start his first marathon. Although in Hungary, only people over the age of 18 can run marathons since the 1980s, the main organiser of the Sarajevo marathon simply replied to the family, “ok, good luck!”.
According to the Facebook post, Lóci was not only enthusiastic about the race „but also fit enough to take advantage of this unexpected opportunity, promised to do everything he could to prepare for the race, went running with his parents and generally obeyed their wishes in the weeks leading up to the race.” Therefore, the family decided to organise the next family holiday in the Balkans, „with a goal in mind for the children, with tasks to achieve and a learning experience to discover the connections between them”.
On the day of the race, 5 July, the weather posed the biggest challenge for the competitors. The extreme heat made the 42.195-kilometer race even more difficult for the runners.
The first point when the persistent child asked how much time he had left was at 22 kilometres. At 25 kilometers, he was walking under the hot sun and looked like someone who was ready to give up, but he managed to lift himself up and kept on running until the finish line.
The perseverance of the 10-year-old Hungarian boy is unbelievable that beats the majority of adults. It can probably be thanked to his own determination and the support of his parents, who were encouraging him throughout the whole race. Eventually, the youngest Hungarian marathon runner of all time finished his first race within 5 hours.
Many of the commentators congratulated Lóci on social media. Still, some of them said they disagreed with the idea of a child running a marathon in extreme heat, and some questioned the parents’ decision – reported by the Hungarian news portal Szeretlek Magyarország.
Source: szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu, facebook.com