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5-year-old sets running record

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A 5-year-old New Jersey boy has become a record holder after running his first half-marathon.

Anthony Evan Russo ran the Trenton Half Marathon in 2:22:25. That was about 40 minutes faster than the record time for a 5-year-old in a 13.1 mile race.

He started running at the age of four and his mother is his training partner.

Olivia Russo says, "I'd much rather him out running than sitting by the TV eating junk food."

After they started hitting the five mile mark for distances she decided to make sure the activity was not harming him.

The young Russo was cleared to do long runs by his regular pediatrician, who said as long as his training is in increments, it is totally healthy.

A sports podiatrist also says the long distances are OK for the young boy but said the boy should not participate in a full marathon.

Mom says that's fine with her since she would have to do the run with him.

Russo also wrestles and plays football.

As for what he thinks about while he's running, Russo says, "finishing."

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