Young runner breaks world record in half-marathon


by Kristine Harrington

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 4:02 PM

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. -- First-grader Cael Schwartz is turning heads and breaking records.

Cael may be half the size of the people he runs against, but he now holds the world record for fastest half-marathon run by a 6-year-old, coming in at under two hours and 20 minutes. He beat the old record by 18 minutes.

"My favorite part about running is how fast I can run," Cael said.

Both of his parents are runners and he grew up riding his bike alongside them before becoming fast enough to run with them.

Adam Schwartz, Cael’s father, competes in triathlons, and Cael has competed in a few himself. Cael is already looking forward to the day when he can outrun his dad.

"I’m going to take advantage, as long as I can, that I can still beat him," Adam Schwartz said.

Until then, he is proud of his record-breaking son.

"It’s a pretty monumental achievement," Schwartz said. "I think that the significance of it is a little bit lost on him. You know, it’s just another day in the life. But it’s pretty exciting."

Cael beat the record on Saturday and celebrated his seventh birthday on Sunday. He already has six triathlons scheduled for the spring, all in preparation for the Youth National Championship in Ohio in August.

"I like to run pretty much everywhere I go," Cael said.