>Ignore all these warnings on damage to youngsters.
>Let them run.
There is one property kids have that we ***s don't. They know when
to stop: when it hurts.
The danger is in forcing a kid to do more than it is capable of and damaging
growing tissue. Such damage will last the rest of that child's life.
Let a child run and race, and it will do its best for as long as it enjoys
it. Once the enjoyment has gone, the child will stop.
Having said that, my daughter was 4 and wanted to run in a 5mi fun run.
We set conditions:
1. she would have to train properly to do the distance.
2. She could say "stop" at any time and she woudn't run.
When she completed the course, she was overjoyed, but we had some black looks
from some other parents: to which we replied, "well, YOU just try stopping her."
She went on to play soccer in our local club at 9 and is a healthy 16-year-old
with no physical defects.
So, the advice should be:
Let the kids run.
Let them stop if they want to.