First grader runs for a good cause

(NBC NEWS) –  A first grade boy from Kentucky is attempting to run a half marathon for a good cause.

Jarek Compston, 6, told his mom he wanted to do a half marathon in order to give children in Africa Christmas gifts. He is entered in the Marshall University Half Marathon this Sunday.

Jarek’s mother, Amy, is an accomplished runner herself and co-founder, namesake and vice president of Amy for Africa. It is a registerednonprofit which uses her story of turning to Jesus from drug abuse to raise money for Christian schools in Uganda.

Jarek’s already raced past his initial goal of $5,000, enough for 1,000 Christmas boxes of supplies, clothes and toys. Now his sights are set on $7,500, enough to give Christmas dinner to every family, too.

The plan for Sunday is to run for a half mile, then walk 50 meters — and keep doing that until the end. Amy thinks they will finish in about 2.5 hours at a pace of 11 minute miles. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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