Half-Marathon Finisher Wiggins Shows Age Doesn't Matter

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III

At just eleven years of age, Collinsville resident Kylie Wiggins was the youngest finisher in each of Meridian's first two Marathons.

When she was just eight, she began running to build endurance for her Jiu Jitsu classes, and the rest is remarkable history.

"And then I started entering local 5K's and all that kind of stuff," said Wiggins. "I did pretty well in those. Then last year, I decided I was going to take it to the next level and try out for the half marathon."

Wiggins tried out and passed with flying colors, finishing the Queen City's first Leo Run to Remember marathon in 2 hours, 40 minutes and 11 seconds.

"I was so happy. I was just really happy," said Wiggins.

When she completed her second Leo marathon in November 2013, she improved her time by by 21 minutes, finishing in 2:19:10. She was the race's youngest participant for the second-straight year. Her closest competitor in age was 19."

"I was surprised and glad that she was able to do that and have the desire to do something that I've never done... most adults have never done," said Kylie's mother Jena. "And it's something that's just inside of her... that she won't quit."

What is it about a sport that so many dread that attracts a young girl to run over 13 miles by the time she's ten years old?

"It's really fun, and it'll help your body, and you can stay healthy," said the young runner."

It was a short, honest and accurate answer from a spirited runner who hopes to run the Marathon in the future.

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