‘A Six Year Old Does Not Understand What Embracing Misery Is’: Olympic Runner Slams Parents Who Let Young Son Run Marathon

‘A Six Year Old Does Not Understand What Embracing Misery Is’: Olympic Runner Slams Parents Who Let Young Son Run Marathon


A Kentucky couple permitted their six-year-old son to run a 26.2 mile marathon, prompting condemnation from others, including an American distance runner who has competed in the Olympics.

Ben and Kami Crawford’s son Rainer ran with the rest of his family in the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sunday. He completed the race in 8.5 hours.

On Monday, Ben Crawford noted on Instagram:

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On the marathon course, Rainier knew they usually hand out Pringles around mile 20. He was struggling physically and wanted to take a break and sit every three minutes. After 7 hours, we finally got to mile 20 and only to find an abandoned table and empty boxes. He was crying and we were moving slow so I told him I’d buy him

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