Thursday September 26, 2013
Aidin Repsher, a 6th grader at Tuttle Middle School, completed his first half marathon this month. He took part in the Maple Leaf Half Marathon in Manchester VT. His mother Michelle reports that he came in first in his division; he was the only one in his division and thus, she believes, the youngest participant.
Aidin became inspired to run by watching his dad and mom train for a half marathon when he was about 6 years old. He ran the first leg of the Burlington marathon with the whole family when he was only 9 years old. His dream to run a half marathon began that summer. Finally, this year his parents agreed to help him shoot for this goal.
Aidin completed the course in just over 2 hours and 19 minutes (he was slowed down by his mom, she says). It was a family event with three Resphers running - mom Michelle, Dad Ethan and Aidin.
Aidin trained for 4 months for the race, including training runs in Chicago (7 miles) and Michigan (8 miles) while on vacation. His favorite training run for the race was along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago with the sun coming up over Lake Michigan to the left and the city shining off to his right. He ran from his uncle’s to a close friend’s house. His younger brother Foster acted as Aidin’s support team, getting water and towels after every training run. Aidin got several surprised looks and big smiles and lots of support from the huge Chicago running community.
Says Michelle, “We were very impressed with his perseverance and ability to accomplish a life goal at the age of 11!!”
Runners all received a cool medal for competing, made of blue glass and stamped by a local artist with a maple leaf. Aidin proudly wore his medal and race shirt to school last week.