–By Maddy Kelly
Aidan Puffer, a 13 year-old high school student, has accomplished more in his first 13 years than most people do in their lifetime. Aidan is a three-time world record holder and the winner of the 11-15 age category of the Boston Athletics Associations 5km run. The B.A.A. 5K is one of multiple races that take place on the weekend of the marathon before the marquis event on Monday morning. The 5K race draws a huge crowd and an elite line up including the likes of American Road Racing record holder Ben True, and various Olympic medalists.
Aidan pictured right.
The Manchester, Connecticut native ran a new personal best this weekend clocking in at a blazing 15:47. Saturday’s race was exciting for Aidan not only because of his new PB, but also because of the opportunity to compete alongside and meet many of his favourite professional athletes.
Congratulations are also in order to Aidan Puffer for breaking his own road race world record for 13 year olds. With an unofficial 15:47 at the #BAA5K, Puffer lowers previous WR from 16:11.4!
— B.A.A. (@BAA) April 14, 2018
Not only did Aidan PB on Saturday and run alongside some of the world’s best, but he also broke his own age group world record. Aidan ran 16:11:40 on September 17th, 2017 to set the world record for 13 year olds in the 5K. Aidan is still 13 years old, therefore, his time on Saturday replaces his previous world record. Aidan has also held the world record in both the 11 and 12 year old age groups for the 5k.
Aidan’s newest record follows considerable success earlier this year on the track. Aidan competed at Hershey Indoor Track and Field National Championships last month running a time of 9:11.48 to win the 3000m in the boys 13-14 division.
Aidan’s achievements on the track and the road suggest that there is much more to come for this young athlete.