Seven Wild And Free

photo by Aravaipa Running

photo by Aravaipa Running

This post is about one of my favorite running blogs (and favorite running families):
http://sevenwildandfree.com/

Background:

Sabrina and Seth were high school sweethearts who started a family together. They have five kids: Tajh, Teagan, Tayer, Tennyson and Tru. They got married and divorced; however, according to the blog, they have continued to live together, travel together and run together!

Running:

This family is fit and active! And they like to run. In October, Teagan, who was eight years old at the time, ran the Javelina Jundred (100km). She finished 43rd in 28:07:37 (running with her mother). She got a buckle for finishing, and I’m hoping she got an age-group award too, since the next youngest runner was 27 years old. Here’s the race report from her mom:
http://sevenwildandfree.com/2013/11/04/javelina-with-a-little-lady/

Be sure to scroll down to the picture with Colby Wentlandt, a twelve-year-old from Colorado who just made the cutoff in the hundred miler!

The Controversy

You won’t find any criticism here from me – just the opposite! However, as Runner’s World pointed out in an article last fall, parents who allow their children to run take some flak (http://m.runnersworld.com/race-training/when-dad-or-mom-is-coach). Notably, the article cited Sebastie Coe, Ryan Shay, Alana Hadley, Shalane Flanagan and Molly Huddle as examples of people who ran young and were coached by their parents – I suppose you could be in worse company.

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