March 19, 2018 | WPSD Local 6 online
Youngest Go The Distance runner to add half marathon to long list of races
McCRACKEN COUNTY, KY- Local 6 is helping 10 people Go The Distance. They’re training with Atlas Physical Therapy and Paducah Athletic Club experts to run a half marathon.
Logan shows off his medals at the 2018 Cupid’s Chase race in Paducah.
The youngest of the group just turned 12, but Logan Steckenrider is no stranger to long-distance running.
“This was my first 10K,” explained Logan, pointing to one of his many medals. “I did this one in Utah last year —got a nosebleed at the end.”
The dozens of medals he’s earned represent a lot of hard work. Logan has run more than 100 races in just a few years.
We caught up with him at the Cupid’s Chase in February, but his mom, Mindy, has faithfully documented each run. She remembers one of his first races, the Paducah-McCracken County United Way Barbecue on the River Kids Run. It was just a mile.
“I think he finished like 7th overall in that race for his first time out, and his time was really good,” Mindy said. “And I thought, wow, we may really have something here.”
“I just liked the idea of being faster than everyone,” Logan said of what got him passionate about running.
Logan is now taking his dedication to the next level.
What’s his current training regiment? “I do two tempo runs a week. I do one cross training, one hill, and then one long run,” Logan said.
He’s working with the experts at Atlas Physcial Therapy and Paducah Athletic Club to improve his form.
“I learned that I kind of run with one foot in and the other one straight,” Logan said.
“I’m really proud of him for being able to balance things and to keep his grades up,” Mindy said. “He’s just, he’s a good kid.”
Logan has a mindset as he tackles this big goal. “It’s gonna’ be hard to do at first, but once you’re done, you’ll be excited and happy,” Logan said.
“I don’t know what’s after a half marathon for him,” his mom said.
There’s no doubt that whatever it is, Logan is sure to go the distance.
Logan will run the Iron Mom Half Marathon in Paducah in May.