9-year-old boy breaks record in Gasparilla race - FOX 13 News

9-year-old boy breaks record in Gasparilla race

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"This medal is very special to me now," said Will Stone.

The 9-year-old Stone is one determined kid.

"Every time I look at it I think that's the metal when I beat the world record," he said.

He didn't just beat the half-marathon world record time for 9 year olds, he shattered it Sunday at the Gasparilla run. It was a goal he'd set for himself.

"I was just nervous and I don't know if I'm going to do it... but when race day came I was like, ‘I do this,' " he said.

His finish time was 1:40:42, more than a minute faster than the record.

"I just felt amazing," he said.

"Just hearing all the people cheering, and oh my gosh, my heart was just pounding, it was so awesome," said his mother Lori Stone.

Amazingly, Will got into running at just 5 years old. His sister did a triathlon and then he wanted to do it too.

He loves each stride, something many of us dread.

"I just like to be outside," he said.

He trains three days a week.

"It was all him. He wanted it, we never pushed him, he just loves to do it," his mom said.

He wants to run a full marathon by age 12, and by 21, an Ironman Triathlon.

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