John Young will be running in the Hamilton NightGlow Marathon as part of his attempt to complete 12 marathons in 12 months.
Photo: Matthew Muise
Photo: Matthew Muise

First Ironman with dwarfism among runners in today’s Hamilton NightGlow Marathon

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This year, accomplished athlete John Young will join the hundreds of other runners on the course, according to the Butler County Visitors Bureau.

Young, 43, of Boston, will join the field for the first time. He is the first person with dwarfism to complete a full Ironman triathlon and will be participating in the Hamilton NightGlow Marathon as part of his attempt to complete 12 marathons in 12 months.

Young said he was attracted to the Hamilton NightGlow Marathon because of it’s unique and flat course along the Great Miami River, and its nighttime, glowing route, according to the visitors bureau. 

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Young has also completed the Boston Marathon four times and the New York City Marathon three times. He has been featured on NBC, CNN, and CBC for his athletic feats and desire to encourage others with physical differences to get healthy and active. 

An estimated 700 participants are anticipated to take part in the second annual Hamilton NightGlow Marathon.
Photo: Gaylon Wampler

The nighttime race will feature a full marathon, half marathon, 10K and marathon relay options with a course along the Great Miami River.

An estimated 700 participants are anticipated to take part in the second-year event.

The race course, which begins and ends at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in downtown Hamilton, Ohio is USA Track and Field certified and serves as a Boston Qualifier. 

The full marathon and marathon relays will start at 6 p.m. The half marathon and 10K races will start at 7:30 p.m.