ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - A local elementary school student is inspiring others to get fit while making history at the same time.
Every morning, fourth grader Marcus laces up his shoes, steps onto the soccer field, and runs three miles.
"I run a lot. On my backpack, I get tokens for every 10 or 20 miles I do," said Marcus.
So far he's logged 250 miles and 1250 laps making history at Tierra Antigua Elementary School.
"We haven't had a student-run over a hundred miles in the last three years and he's doubled that in a year," said Todd Aldrich, Physical Education teacher.
His love of running stems from a friendly competition with his mom.
"I just saw my mom run a lot so that kind of inspired me to try running and beat her," said Marcus.
That passion has also helped put the "Tierra Antigua Run Squad" one step closer to reaching their goal of 4000 miles.
"Our goal at the beginning of the year was to run from San Diego, California all the way up to East Port, Maine," said Aldrich.
Along the way, he's inspired fellow classmates to get involved.
"I just thought I would run and people would also run. I never thought I would be the reason," said Marcus.
In fact, the Run Squad has grown from just 12 kids to 110.
Thus creating a fitter, healthier, and happier environment at Tierra Antigua Elementary School.
"They're ready to learn. They're able to sit and pay attention. They don't fidget as much. Their test scores have been increasing," said Aldrich.
The Run Squad now has only 40 miles left to go to hit that 4000-mile goal.