11-year-old becomes youngest to run a half-marathon in all 50 states

Matthew Judy, Leziga Barikor, Holland Schlesselman, WOI

DES MOINES, Iowa (WOI) — It’s not very often a world record is broken in Des Moines, especially when the record-breaker isn’t even in high school.

That’s exactly what Des Moines got at the IMT Des Moines Marathon on Sunday -- and it’s five years in the making.

11-year-old Aiden Jaquez is smaller than most of the other runners at the marathon, but what he lacks for in size, he makes up for in experience.

As of Sunday morning, he’s been in 50 half-marathons- one in each state, becoming the youngest to achieve the feat.

His first marathon was five years ago. He rode in a stroller while his grandma, Kathleen Taylor, pushed him along.

He’s been running ever since.

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