At the ripe old age of 11, Matthew Hall is already a veteran of almost every Santa Clarita Marathon.
The sixth marathon takes place Sunday, and it will be Matthew's fifth year of participating in one of its many events for the entire family. The student from Helmers Elementary School in Valencia will compete this year in a 5K run for children 12 and under, and he will work as a volunteer for other events, such as the noncompetitive Kid K Fun Run.
He said he got involved in running at the age of 6 because he wanted to see how fast he was. After discovering he could beat his previous time during each run, he was hooked. He plans to compete in cross-country events for kids in Nevada later this year and his long-range goal is to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
This year's Santa Clarita Marathon offers a variety of events for runners of all levels, including the Kid K Fun Run, the 5K Run/Walk for families and the full and half-marathons. The latter two require advance registration by calling (888) 823-3455 or logging on to www.scmarathon.org.