On Sunday, March 4, Hayden Gray and Gavin Lane crossed the finish line after completing the full 26.2-mile Treasure Coast Marathon.
They finished the race in 4:55:40. Both runners are 13 years old and attend Woodlands Middle School in suburban Lake Worth.
The runners logged 400 miles in training runs since August. Gray and Lane trained most mornings before school with the Woodlands cross-country squad. Saturday and Sunday mornings were spent with Lori Motel, Woodlands’ athletic director and coach, as she crewed for their long runs.
Hayden and Gavin used multiple race venues throughout the state as a means to train. Both ran the DTR 10-miler at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in November, the Daytona half marathon in February and multiple local 5K events.
This accomplishment came as both boys were actively playing other sports during their marathon training. Gray plays football with the WCFL, as well as travel soccer for the Wellington Wave and at Woodlands. Lane plays lacrosse for the Delray Riptide club. Both boys will finish their eighth-grade school year leading the Woodlands track team this spring.