PRESS RELEASE: KENOSHA, WI (May 6, 2014) — Noah Bliss, 10, set the half marathon age-10 world record at the sixth annual Wisconsin Marathon on May 3. The Kenosha resident finished the race with a gun time of 1:37:15, the fastest time ever recorded by any 10 year old in the world according to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS), the only organization that tracks world single-age records for road races.
“This race was his first half marathon three years ago and it’s become a tradition for him and our family,” Monica Bliss, Noah’s mother, said. “He had a lot of fun running the race and finished in a great time. He was ecstatic when he finished because he shaved so much time off his PR from last year, but he had no idea that he was setting any sort of record. When Noah found out about the record, he was speechless! As his parents, we are incredibly proud of his dedication and commitment and are happy that he’s chosen to participate in such a positive and healthy sport.”
Three criteria determine whether or not the ARRS will accept a record. In order to qualify, the course must be certified and cannot have a start/finish separation greater than 30 percent, nor can it drop more than one meter per kilometer. The ARRS only accepts gun times and must confirm the runner’s age at the time of the performance using his or her date of birth. Bliss’s age and time, along with the race’s course, met all of these standards.
“We are so happy for Noah and his family,” Jonathan Cain, race director of the Wisconsin Marathon and Half Marathon, said. “They have run the race together for the past couple of years so I have had the chance to talk with them a few times. They are great people who love to run. The fact that he was able to break the record on our course is exciting for us as well and shows how Noah has progressed over the years as a runner.”
Bliss finished 71st overall in a field of over 2,000 half marathon runners. Runners enjoyed an ideal day for racing along Kenosha’s picturesque Lake Michigan shoreline, with comfortable temperatures and no precipitation during the event. Logan Beausoleil of Davenport, Iowa also broke the course record at the race, finishing in 1:12:31.
Kristine Juno of Highwood, Illinois won the women’s division of the half marathon with a time of 1:26:16. Aaron Viets of Rolla, Missouri and Fiona Carlon of Chicago took home individual titles for the concurrent Wisconsin Marathon with times of 2:34:58 and 3:07:48, respectively. In all, nearly 3,000 runners finished the Wisconsin Marathon and Half Marathon.