8-Year-Old Kearney Boy Trains For Half-Marathon

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KEARNEY, NE. - This May, runners will be gathering for the 37th annual Lincoln Marathon, and not all those hitting the pavement will be adults.

Eight-year-old Tylor Mendez of Kearney isn't even out of grade school, but he hopes to leave a big impression on the capital city.

Whether indoors or outdoors, he's always ready to hit the ground running.

"I run in Kearney at my house, and on a treadmill," said Tylor.

His dad Vincent said the Northeast Elementary student, who aspires to one day be a pro football player, is his biggest inspiration.

"Sometimes he runs at the hockey arena when his brother is practicing. Any time he can, he tries to run," said Vincent.

This year Tylor will be running farther than he's ever run before, 13.1 miles, in the Lincoln half-marathon.

"He has a natural God-given gift, and he uses his talents toward running and exercising," said Vincent.

Even during the cold Nebraska winter, Tylor laces up his sneakers every day to train, running anywhere from 3 to 6 miles.

And he said the idea of running against 12,000 others isn't shaking his confidence.

"So far, I'm not nervous," said Tylor.

And Vincent said he couldn't be more proud of his son.

"He pushes himself and I think a lot of people don't do that in life. It makes me very proud that he continues to try to push himself."