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From the blog Prep Rally: Kaytlynn Welsch is 12 years old. Her sister, Heather, is 10. They are both very, very fast, and they like to run very long distances. That in itself is enough to send many fellow endurance athletes into a lather. As it turns out, a number of people are very upset that the Welsch sisters are allowed to compete in endurance events, for fear that doing so is damaging their young bodies and their prospects for future success. As reported in this terrific feature by the New York Times, the Welsch sisters combined have competed in more than 160 endurance races in less than two years. At the same time, the sisters have maintained high grades in school, with both seventh grader Kaytlynn and fifth grader Heather required to keep at least a 93 average in all subjects to continue their racing pursuits. Continue reading →
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