"An article in today's New York Times poses an interesting question, asking (implicitly): Should young kids run marathons?
The article is very well done, and includes anecdotes from several adults who ran marathons when they were, say, 8 or 9 years old, apparently with no ill effects. (In fact, judging from the jobs these kids went on to have, they've done very well. Apparently every 8-year-old who ran a marathon in the '70s went on to become an astronaut-lawyer, or Pope or something.)
It also quotes doctors who say, in essence, "Meh, sure, let your kid run a marathon. What do I care?"
So, it's a nice article. With all due respect to the newspaper of record, however, I believe they're asking the wrong question here. The real question is: Should adults run marathons?"