Pictures of a six-year-old boy completing a Cincinnati-area marathon have sparked controversy among the child’s parents and the company that sponsored the race after it was posted on the parents’ social network.
Kami and Ben Crawford, the Instagram and YouTube account runners who record their family’s outdoor events, posted the pictures Sunday as their family ran the Flying Pig. The article quickly attracted many comments expressing concern for the child’s health.
Kara Goucher, a long-distance Olympic runner: tweeted. “The six years they ‘suffer’ are unaware that they have the right to quit and should stop.”
Mr. Crawford did not immediately respond to queries sent by email.
The Crawfords, parents of six children between the ages of 6 and 20, regularly send videos to their more than 12,000 Instagram followers and nearly 50,000 YouTube subscribers where they write about their lives and their children, engaging in fast-paced and hiking trips including climbing the Appalachian mountains. way.
Family television has been popular for more than a decade, and it often criticizes parents and worries children. Some family videos have shown young children in stressful situations, which sometimes move government officials to take action.
A YouTube spokesman said Crawfords’ earlier videos about their 6-year Cincinnati marathon training did not violate its rules.
Crawfords marathon records began to be entertained in the days following the contest, especially on the Instagram page which stated that their son “was struggling and wanted to rest and sit every three minutes.” The Crawfords wrote that they promised Pringles if their son “moved” after 7 hours. According to Crawford’s Instagram account, the couple took 8 hours and 35 minutes to complete the race with their last child. He also said in an Instagram comment that he wants to bring out the views of the competition on their YouTube channel.
Crawford defended his idea of running with his son, posting on Instagram Wednesday that he was allowed to run the full race “when he asked to join us.”
“We asked him several times if he wanted to quit and it was clear he wanted to continue,” the post said. “We have not seen any signs of fatigue or dehydration and we have honored his request to continue.”
Although physical activity has been encouraged for many years, a 2003 article in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine stated that children should not run long distances because they are not yet fully developed. A study published in the National Library of Medicine in 2010 found that children who run long distances are more likely to be injured.
The competition’s governing body, Pig Works, issued a statement calling the Crawfords “not the best way.”
Iris Simpson Bush, president of Pig Works, wrote in an email that it was her decision to allow the entire Crawford family to participate, including the choice of a six-year-old child. The ceremony is for 18-year-olds and older, and in the future, Bush said the age limit should be set.
“The idea was not taken lightly because the father was determined to compete with his son though,” Bush said. “He acted like a criminal years ago before we knew it and we knew he would do it again.”
The term “gangsters” is used to describe people who enter legal competitions without registering. In a Facebook post Sunday, Ben Crawford wrote that many of his children ran a youth race with the help of organizers, especially Bush. One year, Crawford wrote that his six-year-old daughter had gone to a doctor before a competition. This year, Crawford wrote on the same Facebook page that Bush “said we should not worry about Dr’s visit because we seemed ‘ready.’
A Pig Works spokesman said Crawford’s Facebook post on Bush was “wrong.”
Return is not the first time videos from Crawfords have been censored. In one video from 2018, when Crawford was on the Appalachian road, Ben and Kami said child protection agents were waiting for them as they emerged from the snowy road. After speaking with the children, CPS took no action against the Crawford family.
“In this way it is our worst fear, the government’s intervention in the removal of your children and the inability to control them,” Ben said in the video.
Goucher told NBC News that he stands by his tweet but opposes what Crawfords is receiving, because they believe they are loving parents.
“I do not change my mind,” Goucher said of young children as being unfit to run marathons. He said he agrees that families should run together, but wish they had run the same distance and not 26.2 miles. In a subsequent tweet, Goucher wrote: “I do not doubt the motivation or the fact that it is difficult to raise children. But as an Olympic athlete, I promise this is not good for the child.”