Running The Distance

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 9:42am

California teen sets records, raises money for scholarships with ultra-marathon runs.

When it comes to avid runners, active marathoners are a serious breed.

But ultra-marathons that can be 100 mile treks that require a full day to complete bring out the ultra dedicated.

You don't find too many teenagers with the level of commitment that it takes to train and complete such an intense challenge.

"Once you start pushing to that distance, it's more about the mental battle during the race and less about the training that you have done beforehand," says Nishad Singh.

As a child Nishad's battle with asthma kept him from running sprints, so instead, in his teenage years he became focused on long distance.

Over the course of the past few years he went from running a half marathon to a full 100 mile race this past summer.

In the process he became just the second person in the U.S. under 16 to complete an ultra-marathon within the 30 hour time limit.

Nishad has also focused on a charitable aspect to his running, helping raise thousands of dollars in scholarship money for other students.

"I love my school," he says. "I love my teachers. I love the people in it. I just want more people to have that same experience as me, and I figure if I can use this personal goal of finishing a hundred miler to achieve something that could help others as well, you know all the better."

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