As the running community continues to grow across the area with more than a dozen locals tackling the Boston Marathon this year, young runners have also started to make their mark in the sport.
Two Wilmington standouts have been training to participate at a regional event in Virginia later this month, with eyes set on the 49th USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship July 27-Aug. 2 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Meagan Lundin, 9, and Makayla Obremski, 10, have been working hard alongside one of Wilmington’s most well-known runners, Tom Clifford, and his group Without Limits. Without Limits’ youth program is one of many services offered through Clifford’s company, which helps design workouts for all different running levels and skill sets, ranging from the beginner to a highly competitive athlete.
“Both girls attend our Monday and Thursday practices at Hoggard High School,” said Clifford. “Meagan works on her sprinting, and throws with Ashley High School Track and Field Coach Ryan Hauck. She also works with her dad, Keith.
“Makayla trains with the distance kids and does extra strength and core workouts with Coach Aaron Kolk, two to three days per week.”
Lundin recently took second overall in the triathlon (shot put, high jump and 200 meter) at this year’s state competition, which took place June 26-27 at North Carolina A&T University. She also placed second in the high jump and fourth in the 100 meter dash to qualify for regionals.
Obremski earned fourth in the 3,000 meter and sixth in the 1,500 meter run to earn a chance to advance to nationals. Both girls will compete in the 9-to-10 year old division at regions from July 9-12 in Hampton, Virginia. The top eight from each event at the state meet advanced to the regional, while the top five individuals at regions will move onto the national competition.
Runners of all ages and skill level can also register for the Without Limits Citywide Track Meet at Hoggard High School on July 23. This one and only regional meet is for youth, adults, clubs, high school, college and beginner runners.
Events at the meet range from the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter run, to the mile run and 4 X 100 meter relay. For more information, visit www.iamwithoutlimits.com.