People have some strong views on this subject.
Generally - There are very few marathons that allow under 18 to participate (Must be a reason)
I've seen some younger - Our local is 16 with parents consent. Yet others would let a 12 year old with parents consent.
Now - If it was my child - I would try to say no - until he was 18. If there was a ton of desire, I would set some other goals that had to be reached before his / her 1st marathon. These goals would be around improving their running of shorter distances - Like Breaking 40 minutes for a 10k, breaking 1:30 for 1/2 marathon.
I still do not know if I could let a 12 year old run a marathon.
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