Running a marathon is definitely one of the ultimate achievements in running. And as you said, waiting until you are older is a good choice. It gives you a long term goal to work towards.
The races you do now, whether in school or at road races, will help you build up to the marathon distance.
For your first marathon, it makes sense to be prepared both physically and mentally by gradually building up to it. You'll have more speed, stamina and endurance to not only run the entire 26.2 but to do well in your first race.
I experienced the same dilemma as a teenager. By age 15 I was running up to 70 - 80 miles a week and considered running a marathon. I went so far as signing up for one (you didn't need parental permission back then). But on the day of the race, it rained. So I decided it was not to be.
I waited 5 more years, and ran my first marathon when I was twenty. The funny thing I remember about that race... they served beer at the finish line and nobody asked me if I was old enough to drink :)
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